Islam

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…

How tolerant should liberals be of Islamic theocracy?

22 July 2017 8:45

I quite enjoyed James Fergusson’s exploration of British Islam – Al-Britannia, My Country. If it is done intelligently, I approve…

The Spectator Podcast: The Corbyn delusion

29 June 2017 14:39

On this week’s bumper episode we discuss the cult of Corbyn, sharia courts, the golden age of gossip, and orchid delirium.…

The ‘hate preacher’ hypocrisy

22 June 2017 14:26

Well this is interesting.  I had got used to the standard response to terror.  I had thought that when 22…

Islamists have failed to divide France. Will they succeed in Britain?

21 June 2017 13:15

Islamic State will be delighted by what happened outside Finsbury Park mosque in the early hours of Monday morning. In…

The great Sunni-Shia conflict is getting ever closer to the surface

7 June 2017 10:45

Several people have been killed in a terrorist attack in Iran today, with Isis claiming responsibility. This has potentially huge…

Is Islam really the ‘religion of peace’?

6 June 2017 14:22

On Sunday, in the hours after the London Bridge attack, Christians celebrated Pentecost – recalling when the Holy Spirit inspired the…

It is not enough for Muslims to say ‘we condemn terrorism’

5 June 2017 16:00

It is not enough for Muslims to say ‘We condemn terrorism’. Sure – we believe you. But something more is…