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Is it Islamophobic to record ‘Christianophobic’ hate crimes?

5 February 2016 18:03

A freedom-of-information request by Sikhs has turned up some curious statistics from the Metropolitan Police. They show that of the…

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The Islamic world has always had a chequered relationship with chess

22 January 2016 15:10

The news that the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has issued a fatwa against the game of chess should come…

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Spot the difference: Trump wants to ban people; people want to ban Trump

20 January 2016 13:17

The shamelessly censorious MPs and petition-signers who want Donald Trump banned from Britain are basically saying: ‘Oh my God, he…

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France has become a religious battleground

15 January 2016 16:47

The new year has not started well for France. On the last day of 2015 – the most traumatic year…

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Hungary’s Prime Minister shares similar views to Donald Trump. Should he be banned too?

10 January 2016 12:06

If you are going to try to put people beyond the pale on the grounds of what they have said…

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There’s nothing courageous about Charlie Hebdo’s anniversary cover

6 January 2016 19:45

The new Charlie Hebdo cover is feeble. God with a machine-gun, looking over his shoulder, and the line ‘The Assassin…

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The West must defeat a far worse enemy than radical Islam

5 January 2016 11:29

The Monday after the massacre in Paris, I walk into a bank near the Place de la République to deposit…

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz at the G20 Summit in November (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty)

Iran may have the upper hand in the Middle East’s power struggle

4 January 2016 19:44

It isn’t just Iran who have been angered by the execution of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr. Protests have erupted in…

French president Francois Hollande speaks at the Elysee palace in Paris on November 14, 2015, following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris late Friday which left more than 120 people dead (Photo: Getty)

Will politicians finally admit that the Paris attacks had something to do with Islam?

31 December 2015 8:50

Written after the Charlie Hebdo shooting in January and revised after the Paris attacks in November, Douglas Murray’s piece on…

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Atheism may be fashionable, but most intelligent people believe in God

22 December 2015 10:00

Have we ever needed Christianity more than we do today? It’s a rhetorical question, for sure, because the loss of…

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How Marine Le Pen is winning over the Muslim vote

10 December 2015 16:52

‘Shock’ was the one-word headline on the front of Monday’s Le Figaro. France was bracing itself for a swing to…

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‘Victim blaming’ after terrorist attacks is a pernicious new trend

9 December 2015 10:01

The term ‘victim blaming’ is most commonly used to describe people who claim that a woman walking out in a…

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The left is to blame for the creation of Donald Trump

8 December 2015 14:21

A few weeks ago I recorded a podcast with the American author and neuroscientist Sam Harris. He is one of the…

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Donald Trump represents the views of millions of Americans. Does the BBC not realise this?

8 December 2015 10:30

If you saw the BBC Ten O’Clock News last night you will have witnessed Nick Bryant’s dispassionate, even-handed treatment of…

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There’s nothing safe about student ‘safe spaces’ anymore

6 December 2015 9:09

Iranian human rights activist Maryam Namazie was harassed by members of the Goldsmiths University Islamic Society on Monday night, while…

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Why it is wrong for Christians to eat their wives

6 December 2015 9:00

In his column last week, Rod Liddle suggested that an alleged fatwa by a Saudi Arabian cleric had said it…

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There’s nothing cowardly about the French

27 November 2015 16:43

Several years ago I visited the village of Couillery in Lower Normandy to interview Juliette Girard for a book I…

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I have no sympathy for people who complain about ‘sharia Uber drivers’

25 November 2015 17:20

Actress Frances Barber has complained about her taxi driver after a night out in town, tweeting: Just had a sharia…

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Is it really ‘grossly irresponsible’ to be critical of Islam?

21 November 2015 9:00

Hours before the Paris atrocities, Al Arabiya news reported a speech by David Anderson QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism…

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Another day, and another terror attack that is ‘nothing to do with Islam’

20 November 2015 15:19

Another day and another group of men from an unknown religion storm into a hotel shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’. This time…

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Has ‘Islam’s reformation’ really begun?

19 November 2015 16:02

Usama Hasan, an imam attached to the Quilliam Foundation, argues in the Times that Islam is steadily adapting to modernity.…

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Western liberalism is no match for the Islamic Game of Thrones

19 November 2015 11:05

As a graduate student in the Harvard Government Department in the late 1980s, I became slightly jaded about the number…

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Yes, we wear poppies. But we don’t print our faces onto them

18 November 2015 15:57

‘What’s worse: people who add French flags to their Facebook profiles, or those who sneer at them?’ asks my colleague…

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Why I didn’t sing La Marseillaise last night

18 November 2015 12:10

When Patrice Evra and the French national football team lined up at Wembley last night, it was a moment of…

England manager Roy Hodgson, David Cameron, Prince William and France's coach Didier Deschamps observe a minute's silence before the start of the match between England and France at Wembley (Photo: Adrian Dennis/Getty)

Politicians are finally starting to admit a link between Islam and the extremists

18 November 2015 10:07

One step forward, one step back. Theresa May says in Parliament that the Paris attacks have ‘nothing to do with…