Islam

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…

Islamist violence has become a normal part of European life

26 August 2017 19:05

It’s just over a week since 15 people were killed in an Islamist attack in Barcelona, Spain. It appears that…

Is Islam antithetical to western values?

24 August 2017 12:38

I just thought you ought to see this article, in case you hadn’t already. Granted, it’s from a journalist who…

Why western women are now the Islamists’ target of choice

23 August 2017 9:24

There has been an unprecedented development this year in the Islamists’ war on the West. For the first time their…

Silencing debate on grooming gangs is a foul snub to victims

18 August 2017 15:38

It’s official: people who talk about the problem of Pakistani men abusing white working-class girls have no place in polite…

Will Ukip survive as an anti-Islam party?

15 August 2017 13:34

The decision to allow Anne Marie Waters – co-founder of anti-Islam group Pegida UK alongside former EDL leader Tommy Robinson – to stand…

Last summer, feminists defended the burkini. Will they now defend the bikini?

30 July 2017 9:39

If there was a buzzword from last summer then it was surely ‘burkini’. The media got its swimsuit in a…

The knives are out for Christian faith schools

28 July 2017 15:27

Today’s Holy Smoke podcast responds to rumours that the Government is planning to betray parents who want to send their children to faith…