Islam

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…

The Christian views of Theresa May and Tim Farron are way below the radar. And that’s how they like it

5 June 2017 14:58

There’s a mischievous, not to say malicious, Twitter photograph of Theresa May circulating this morning. It shows her sporting shoulder…

‘British Values’ won’t help in our fight against terrorism

5 June 2017 12:49

Steve Hilton has called for Theresa May to resign as Prime Minister, blaming her for the security failures that lead…

Blind, bovine hope will get us nowhere – it’s time to change our response to Islamic extremism

2 June 2017 13:54

Last Sunday, I appeared on the BBC’s Sunday Politics to discuss the aftermath of the Manchester attack. I said what…

Terrorism does divide society – but not in the way some might think

26 May 2017 15:03

What does Isis want? As Douglas Murray writes in this week’s cover piece, jihadis are quite clear on the subject…

Why Islamists are obsessed with controlling young girls

24 May 2017 14:06

When the pictures of the dead came in, it was hard to take, even from a distance. There was Georgina…

Islamists are very clear about what they want – we just aren’t listening

24 May 2017 11:55

The meeting place of the two worlds could not have been more sharply defined. In Manchester Arena, thousands of young…

Britain’s loss of religious faith: how should we interpret shocking new statistics?

8 May 2017 13:10

Just 30 per cent of Britons feel that their religion or faith is important to them, according to the 2017 Ipsos MORI survey…

François Fillon is the anti-Islamist candidate – and an Islamist target

19 April 2017 10:05

The news on Tuesday that French security services have prevented another attack by Islamic extremists should come as no surprise…

The government machine can’t root out Islamism in prisons. Believe me, I know

8 April 2017 11:00

In response to the Westminster attack, a 100-strong new counter-extremism taskforce has been announced to deal with the terrorist threat…

Are you scared to talk about your faith at work?

7 April 2017 14:33

Religious believers feel nervous about expressing their faith at work – either by wearing symbols or talking about religion. They’re worried they’ll…

Theresa May makes a stand against Saudi dress codes

5 April 2017 12:44

Well, Theresa May met half of the Foreign Office’s dress code for women in Saudi Arabia when she arrived there…

The hypocrisy of the Brexit blame game

4 April 2017 13:13

One looked in vain for the words ‘Islamic extremist’ in the Guardian’s reporting of the Westminster attack a fortnight ago.…

The short path from censorship to violence

3 April 2017 12:10

The news that Ayaan Hirsi Ali has cancelled her speaking tour of Australia due to ‘security concerns’ should concern anyone who…

We should worry more about Putin’s Russia than Muslim fanatics

1 April 2017 12:00

Last week’s events in London raised a recurrent dilemma for journalists, including me. It is a huge story when a…

The response to the Westminster attack has been predictably farcical

29 March 2017 20:31

Since last week’s attack in Westminster, various readers have asked whether my list of ‘standard responses to terrorism’ has held…

Theocracy should scare us more than terror

28 March 2017 11:54

In yesterday’s Guardian, David Shariatmadari confronts the claim that Islam is an especially violent religion. The claim, he says, is undermined…

Of course we’re not cowed by terrorism – what other choice do we have?

27 March 2017 10:24

Stay safe, London. Stay safe, everyone. It’s nice, isn’t it, as a sentiment, which is just as well because it…

Europe’s elite rightly feel extinction breathing down their necks

19 March 2017 9:00

Allahu Akbar! Greetings from Samsun, where Turkish protestors — their eyeballs spinning in orgasmic Islamic rage — tried to set…

Geert Wilders didn’t win – but he has reshaped Dutch politics

16 March 2017 10:45

Rotterdam If the 2017 Dutch election was seen as a bellwether for populism in Europe, the verdict is still out.…

Is ‘post-theocratic Islam’ a contradiction in terms?

14 March 2017 16:20

Omar Saif Ghobash, who is the United Arab Emirates ambassador to Russia, has written a good Muslim-reformist tract called Letters…