The struggle for Islam's soul
By Ziauddin Sardar - 18 July 13:00

Terror in the UK - Most Muslims abhor violence, yet the terrorists are a product of a specific minds

''We don't mind what colour the baby is,'' said my father-to-be. The adoption officer beamed. Perhaps, after all, there was a baby available - me<br /><br />
By Katharine Quarmby - 18 July 13:00

Half Persian and half white, Katharine Quarmby grew up in a loving home in Norfolk. Adoption across

The censoring of our museums
By Tiffany Jenkins - 11 July 13:00

Certain artefacts in the British Museum are deemed to have such religious significance that the dire

Welcome to Iran. . . You're arrested
By Lindsey Hilsum - 27 June 13:00

The battle between reformers and clerics might be exercising the rest of the world, but Iranians hav

Scars on the backs of the young
By Shiv Malik - 06 June 13:00

Muslim children as young as six are still being allowed to beat themselves with knives on the end of

America - Andrew Stephen exposes a new McCarthyism
By Andrew Stephen - 02 May 13:00

Not content with controlling Congress and the presidency, the Republicans now want the judges to be

Labour can beat the fear factor
By Staff blogger - 25 April 13:00

In an ideal world, democratic elections would be characterised by a kind of Socratic dialogue. Rival politicians would put forward cogent arguments, quoting unadorned and carefully sourced facts. Questioners would seek further details and probe weaknesses.

Buddhists target Christians
By Rachel Halliburton - 25 April 13:00

Observations on religious hatred

Faith invaders
By Cristina Odone - 18 April 13:00

As Britain's culture wars grow in intensity, and abortion and artistic freedom become hot issues, Cr

A pope who said the unsayable
By Staff blogger - 11 April 13:00

How can it be that, while the prospect of a general election campaign is greeted with a collective public yawn, the death of an 84-year-old Pole grips the country's attention and imagination?

America - Andrew Stephen finds Catholics moving rightwards
By Andrew Stephen - 11 April 13:00

With many pharmacists refusing to accept, or even confiscating, women's birth-control prescriptions,

Now they are ridiculous
By Nick Cohen - 11 April 13:00

The cult of monarchy is over, as the royal wedding fiasco shows. But Catholic cardinals should know

Blood of innocents on his hands
By Michela Wrong - 11 April 13:00

Pope John Paul II helped keep the continent of Africa disease-ridden, famished and disastrously unde

Who would Great Aunt Gittel go for?
By Linda Grant - 04 April 13:00

Linda Grant is trying to make up her mind between two Jewish women candidates

A woman breaks a taboo
By Allegra Stratton - 28 March 13:00

Observations on Islam

Holy thoughts
By Mary Kenny - 21 March 12:00

Memory and Identity: personal reflections

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Even Desperate Housewives is a victim of the culture wars
By Francis Beckett - 07 March 12:00

Violence and threats from militant religious groups are coming thick and fast, and the targets are w

Bigotry lives on in Scotland
By Tim Luckhurst - 21 February 12:00

Observations on religious schools

A terrible evil unleashed
By Daphna Baram - 14 February 12:00

Observations on Melanie Phillips

Labour's contemptible election trade-off
By Nick Cohen - 31 January 12:00

Ministers have written off free speech as collateral in the Iraq war. By proposing to make it a crim

An election riven with contradictions
By Lindsey Hilsum - 31 January 12:00

It is supposed to be the Iraqis' chance to decide their destiny, but what if a new Shia-led governme

An embrace that shames London
By Peter Tatchell - 24 January 12:00

Peter Tatchell, a former Ken Livingstone ally, finds himself accused of Islamophobia as the mayor co

A forgotten minority
By Mark Seddon - 24 January 12:00

Observations on Iraq (1)

Darcus Howe calls an Asian an Asian
By Darcus Howe - 17 January 12:00

To refer to Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs, rather than Asians, undermines secularism

Mark Thomas writes a column offensive to Christians
By Mark Thomas - 17 January 12:00

Why are evangelical Christians so upset at a musical that shows Jesus calling himself "a bit gay"? A

World view - Michela Wrong breaks our African tribal taboo
By Michela Wrong - 17 January 12:00

Writing about Africa without mentioning the role of tribalism and witchcraft is like writing about B

Darcus Howe defends that controvercial Sikh play
By Darcus Howe - 10 January 12:00

The issue at Birmingham Rep wasn't freedom of speech, but Asian women's right to life. By <B>Darcus

The principles of freedom
By Staff blogger - 01 January 12:00

Liberty is indivisible. Our commitment to it is not tested by easy cases: a fair trial for a middle-class Anglo-Saxon accused of driving offences; or a fair hearing for a critic of foundation hospitals or top-up fees.

Against family values
By Terry Eagleton - 13 December 12:00

NS Christmas - Christian evangelicals have got Jesus Christ all wrong, argues Terry Eagleton

The ecstasy of God's dancers
By William Dalrymple - 13 December 12:00

Now more than ever the world needs a gentle, tolerant version of Islam. Sufism is exactly that, but