Our man in the land of Zam Zam Cola
By Christina Lamb - 16 December 12:00

Christina Lamb meets Britain's lone crusader in the Arab world, trying to win hearts and minds: he's

The gods meet fire with fire
By Karen Armstrong - 16 December 12:00

The fundamentalists have hijacked religion since 11 September; and the secular fundamentalists are a

NS Christmas Essay 1 - The myth of secularism
By John Gray - 16 December 12:00

Religion is a natural human impulse, which our society tries to repress just as the Victorians did s

Ghosts in the city of widows
By Jeremy Seabrook - 16 December 12:00

When their husbands die, devout Indian women make the pilgrimage to Vrindavan, where they will pray

Nothing is sacred
By Peter Conrad - 09 December 12:00

Opera - Peter Conrad on a <em>Tosca</em> where religion and politics are subsumed by carnal appetite

Why the French call us Londonistan
By John Kampfner - 09 December 12:00

The pressure is on to dump civil liberties. Incredible as it may seem to us, Tony Blair is accused b

NS Essay - 'Saddam, Arafat and the Saudis hate the Jews and want to see them destroyed'
By Richard Webster - 02 December 12:00

. . . or so says the right-wing writer Andrew Sullivan. And he has a point. Does the western left re

The region of mystery
By Ned Denny - 02 December 12:00

Art - Ned Denny on how the Aztecs shocked the mind into an awareness of divinity

The Pope's political troops
By John Lloyd - 25 November 12:00

The left has less to fear from right-wing extremists than from the new centre-right which, with a st

I'm a Muslim but I can still fly
By Sarfraz Mansoor - 18 November 12:00

Arabs and Asians complain of racial profiling. But the widely travelled Sarfraz Mansoor finds US air

Under Ataturk's portrait
By Mihir Bose - 11 November 12:00

Mihir Bose finds more headscarves and less <em>raki</em> as Turkey's secular state faces creeping Is

Rather turnips than nothing
By Roy Hattersley - 11 November 12:00

Commentary - Why shouldn't an atheist write seriously about religion?

The flirts in the park
By Lindsey Hilsum - 11 November 12:00

The morals police are ready with whips. But Iranian lovers know how to stay out of trouble

Sex, sin and a divided faith
By John Lloyd - 21 October 13:00

While Anglicans row over gays and female priests, the Catholics agonise over child abuse. The conseq

Where next?
By John Kampfner - 21 October 13:00

Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Argentina: western diplomats warn that these and many other countries

Let us become victims again
By Arnold Wesker - 14 October 13:00

Observations on the Jews

Son of a preacher
By Kathryn Hughes - 14 October 13:00

A Brand From the Burning: the life of John Wesley

Roy Hattersley <em>Little, Brown, 451pp, £20</em

Now what? - Lauren Booth gets religion
By Lauren Booth - 30 September 13:00

Should I have my head dabbed with holy water? Or go for the full immersion?

Cristina Odone says Catholics won't grass on priests
By Cristina Odone - 30 September 13:00

Why Catholics would not grass on paedophile priests

The crush of civilisations
By John Lloyd - 09 September 13:00

The Afghan peasant has a faith that has tunnelled mountains and smashed cities. Can anyone really ho

The lynch mob at work
By Theodore Dalrymple - 02 September 13:00

Maxine Carr is already condemned; in Nigeria, at least they wait for the evidence

NS Essay - How the British invented Hinduism
By Pankaj Mishra - 26 August 13:00

By "reviving" the Hindu religion, the middle classes of India hope to turn their country into a worl

Going underground
By Lavinia Greenlaw - 29 July 13:00

Inferno

Translated by Michael Palma <em>W W Norton, 400pp, £28</em>

ISBN 039304341X

The Inf

Secrets of the cloth
By Philip Kerr - 22 July 13:00

Film - Philip Kerr on a powerful expose of the most culpable silence in history

Get thee to a nunnery
By Edwina Currie - 15 July 13:00

Virgins of Venice

Mary Laven <em>Viking, 284pp, £20</em>

ISBN 0670896357

America - Andrew Stephen finds Americans too smug
By Andrew Stephen - 15 July 13:00

Americans truly believe in the manifest destiny of their country. "In God We Trust", it says on thei

Presumed innocent
By Michael Barrett - 01 July 13:00

Michael Barrett on the contentious life and work of David Livingstone, "the first African freedom fighter".

The rebels with raging hormones
By Helena Smith - 01 July 13:00

"In Iran," said the businessman, "we do everything - sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. It's just that we d

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