Graeme Wood's The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State reminds us of something that ought to be obvious: Islamic State is very Islamic.
It took me a long time to realise my morals are not Greek or Roman, but thoroughly, and proudly, Christian.
Maher's Salafi-Jihadism: the History of an Idea draws on research and the author's personal experience to investigate the ideology which drives jihadism.
David Hone’s discoveries are revealed in this gripping and wonderfully informative book.
Atheists, like believers, can feel pride in the pedigree of their beliefs, as Tim Whitmarsh's new book on atheism in the ancient world shows.
No coincidence that the most celebrated of all the waymarks on the road to freedom under the law was sealed by England’s most appalling king.
The bones housed in the Fontanelle ossuary speak to the conviction that the obscure deserve comemmoration, too.
Its jihadis call for a global caliphate. So why deny religion drives Isis?
Magna Carta and the Declaration of Arbroath, Boswell and Johnson, Walter Scott and Disraeli – Scotland and England have long mirrored each other in many ways, says Tom Holland.
Moscow, to western eyes, does not look much like Rome. But if there is any country in the world where the tug of the Roman ideal can be felt, it is Russia.
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