Muslims

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…

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…

70 years on: the traumatic legacy of India’s partition

15 August 2017 8:03

On August 14-15 1947, after a few hundred years in India the British left behind the jewel in the crown…

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…

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…

Islam – unlike Christianity – refuses to see virtue in secularism

6 March 2017 16:01

There was a good programme last week on Channel 4 about Muslims looking for love, or at least marriage. It…

How refreshing to find the BBC doing its job instead of handwringing about Islamophobia

5 March 2017 11:00

Here’s the bad news. One day you or someone like you will be shopping in a mall or enjoying a…

My pick for the pious political hypocrite of the week award

1 February 2017 12:10

I would like to propose Labour MP Tulip Siddiq as the winner of the pious political hypocrite of the week…

Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ is nothing of the sort, but what the hell is going on?

31 January 2017 12:42

Among Donald Trump’s many neologisms is the ‘What the hell is going on’ evidentiary standard. It was introduced by Trump…

How mass immigration is turning London back into a religious city

6 January 2017 13:36

The bewildering influx of immigrants into London has had one effect that no one could have predicted 20 years ago:…

The predictable Muslim ‘good news stories’ have arrived

22 December 2016 14:39

Since my Tuesday piece on the Berlin attack – when, as the BBC is still saying, a lorry ‘went on a rampage’ in…

Not all Muslims are despairing at a Donald Trump presidency

10 December 2016 11:00

The immediate aftermath of Donald Trump’s surprise election victory brought a slew of comparisons with 9/11. In New York, my liberal…

When is a hate crime not a hate crime?

21 October 2016 12:53

I’ve always been somewhat bemused by the concept of ‘hate crime’ – a phrase which first came into use in…

We must have the freedom to mock Islam

11 October 2016 14:25

How did mocking Islam become the great speechcrime of our times? Louis Smith, the gymnast, is the latest to fall…

Swedish nationalists plan a gay pride march through a Muslim area, hoping for trouble

23 July 2015 10:57

I haven’t seen this reported in the press anywhere, but in Sweden the right-wing nationalist Sweden Democrats are staging a…

We assume British Muslims support British values. Do they?

29 June 2015 15:26

Let’s put the question very bluntly: do British Muslims affirm British values, or are they outsiders to our way of…

Isis in France? Decapitated body found next to jihadist flag

26 June 2015 11:27

Five months after the Charlie Hebdo attack, a man has reportedly been found decapitated in a factory building in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Lyon.…

Since when was the hijab a feminist statement?

25 June 2015 16:22

Over ten years ago, the satirical American magazine the Onion published an article under the headline: Women Now Empowered By…

Feminism becomes more like Islamism every day

28 April 2015 12:42

Here’s a tip for political activists: if your rabble-rousing echoes the behaviour and ideas of Islamists, then you’re doing something…

Hampstead liberals can use their vote to fight radical Islam (and silence right-wing bores)

21 April 2015 12:43

A few months ago I was in a pub on a quiet night and overheard a young couple having an…

Muslims, Jews and Christians use identical twins to ‘prove’ homosexuality isn’t genetic

28 March 2015 14:28

The subject of identical twins has been on my mind ever since I read a magnificently creepy thriller called Ice…

A new low: Charlie Hebdo's murdered staff receive an 'Islamophobe of the Year' award

10 March 2015 10:22

I have always treated the ‘Islamophobe of the Year’ event with the scorn it deserves. Not least because each year this…

Never mind Ukip’s immigration policy, Britain has an emigration problem

5 March 2015 10:50

Ukip has unveiled its new Aussie-style immigration policy, just a week after the latest bad immigration news for the government. The…

What are we meant to say about grooming rings?

2 March 2015 13:13

It is a tragedy that some of us are born in the wrong times. According to that increasingly gobby conduit…

Should we actually be worried about the Syria-bound schoolgirls?

23 February 2015 9:42

Are you terribly worried about those three London ‘schoolgirls’ who have gone off to fight for the Islamic State in…