Islam

My grief for the victims of the New Zealand mosque attack

15 March 2019 10:24

‘We belong to Allah and to Allah we shall return’. Muslims around the world, including me, are now reciting the…

The false equivalence between ‘Islamophobia’ and anti-Semitism

8 March 2019 21:00

I have been travelling in the Middle East for the last few weeks and slightly regret returning to the maelstrom…

Bangladesh doesn’t want Shamima Begum. Here’s why it might have to take her

22 February 2019 16:48

Whatever the arguments over the Government’s decision to revoke Isis bride Shamima Begum’s British citizenship, the teenager’s future now depends…

Isis bride Shamima Begum should be allowed home

14 February 2019 13:32

So, what do you reckon then about the jihadi bride, Shamima Begum, unearthed by the Times’ Anthony Loyd in a…

France’s dilemma: what to do with jihadists who say sorry

6 February 2019 11:35

Patrick Jardin lost his daughter when Islamist terrorists attacked the Bataclan in November 2015. Nathalie was one of 130 people…

A new definition of Islamophobia could be a recipe for trouble

19 January 2019 8:30

There is a looming risk the Government will soon subscribe to a definition of Islamophobia that will function as a…

The ‘Islamophobia’ problem

27 November 2018 9:44

This is a good time to bury bad news. And sure enough it turns out that a cross-party group of…

The ECHR’s ruling on defaming Mohammed is bad news for Muslims

3 November 2018 7:50

In a monumental irony, the ECHR’s agreement with an Austrian court that offensive comments about the Prophet Mohammed were ‘beyond…

Should it be illegal to insult Mohammed?

28 October 2018 10:00

Should you be allowed to say that the founder of one of the world’s largest religions was a paedophile? According…

What happened to Je Suis Charlie, Prime Minister?

11 August 2018 19:03

On January 11 2015, I was one of two million people who marched slowly and silently through Paris to honour…

Boris Johnson’s Trumpian path to power

8 August 2018 10:49

Barely had the ink dried on Stephen Robinson’s imaginative apologia for Boris Johnson — he is compared, courageously, to Churchill…

As a Muslim woman, I’d like to thank Boris Johnson for calling out the niqab

8 August 2018 10:20

As a Muslim woman observing Islam, I am fully supportive of Boris Johnson’s rejection of the niqab. And I wonder…

Boris Johnson and the liberal criticism of Islam

7 August 2018 11:00

A truly bizarre thing happened yesterday: Boris Johnson was branded an Islamophobe and a bigot for writing in defence of…

Forced marriage is the MeToo generation’s ‘no go’ subject

3 August 2018 10:07

By now you’ve probably heard of Marie Laguerre. The 22-year-old student was punched in the face last week by a…

Meet Macron’s nemesis: the ‘Malcolm X of French Muslims’

28 June 2018 14:30

Emmanuel Macron is becoming quite the curmudgeon in attacking those who don’t conform to his view of the migrant crisis.…

Tariq Ramadan and the integrity of French justice

15 June 2018 13:26

For the last four months, Oxford professor Tariq Ramadan has been rotting in a French jail, like Jean Valjean. He…

The Spectator Podcast: How to Rig an Election

29 March 2018 15:12

On this week’s episode, we discuss how elections across the world have been taken advantage of to give more power…

Britain’s flawed definition of extremism is storing up trouble

21 March 2018 15:15

Is Allah gay? The eventuality – as Jeeves might say – would seem to be a remote one. If such…

Justin Welby’s stance on sharia law is a welcome relief

8 March 2018 12:51

Justin Welby is right to take a stand against his predecessor, Rowan Williams’ most controversial announcement: that Britain should introduce…

The key difference between the far right and the Islamists

3 March 2018 9:00

Mark Rowley, who is just stepping down as the country’s chief counterterrorism officer, is a classic British policeman of the…

Trump’s Jerusalem decision may extinguish hope in the Middle East

6 December 2017 13:30

Let’s face it, Jerusalem is politically, diplomatically and religiously special. It is important to the faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity…

The French left is tearing itself apart over Islam

30 November 2017 15:16

Six months into his presidency, Emmanuel Macron looks untouchable. He has conquered the unions, and his political opponents are a…

In praise of Trevor Phillips, the Islamic Human Rights Commission’s latest target

28 November 2017 13:23

One of the nicest things in life is the discovery that one-time enemies are in fact terrific, brave people who…

It’s time Europe got serious about Islamic supremacists

7 September 2017 11:39

In January this year, Germany’s vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel gave an uncharacteristically candid interview for a European politician. ‘Salafist mosques must…

Tower Hamlets is the bleak end-point of diversity

1 September 2017 10:52

People sometimes accuse me of being an immovable pessimist about our continent’s future. And I normally reply with the simple…