religion and life
On the beheading of Christians
How many more martyrs will ISIS create as it seeks to extend the caliphate?
ISIS is destroying ancient artefacts to send a message of intent
The movement's Salafists will destroy whatever stands in the way of their ideology.
Why do kids desert the West to fight with ISIS?
The terrorists seem to understand adolescent psychology better than we do.
Obama’s fight against the Ideology-With-No-Name
Egyptian President al-Sisi knows its name and has courageously denounced it.
Fiery imam denounces terror
"Rotten and despicable conduct", says Brooklyn preacher.
Obama floundering in fight against ISIS
The President is recycling tired old slogans.
Did Stephen Fry’s passionate denunciation of God make sense?
A two-minute outburst became a YouTube sensation.
Why does Pope Francis keep dropping hints about a century-old dystopian novel?
Perhaps he wants journalists to read it.
What is Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia?
The future of the Middle East hinges on the beliefs of the Muslim sect which dominates the oil-rich kingdom.
Islam and violence: how not to answer a question
Islam and Muslims are not just one thing. It is high time to make some distinctions.
The Middle East’s vanishing Christians
But some of the region's bishops urge Christians to work with Muslims for free and tolerant society.
Lessons from Paris
Muslims should use this crisis to prove that being human and being religious are compatible.
“I am not Charlie Hebdo”
Insult is the lowest – and now most dangerous – form of free speech
Paris attack underscores a deeper malaise
Ultimately, this is an intra-Muslim struggle for control wrapped in a debate over what it means to be a Muslim.
Islamic State promoting “sexual jihad”
ISIS is recruiting women as temporary brides, a practice which revolts even many Muslim preachers.
The reason for the season
Christmas Day 2000 years ago really did change the world for ever.
Sydney siege shows the rise of a new extremism
Muslims must not be blamed for the atrocities of a group of criminals and psychopaths.
How have Syrian rebels become so radical?
An expert on Syria says that young people are attracted by a simplistic and delusional ideology.
Muslim leaders face a dilemma
Can Muslim leaders condemn the terrorism of ISIS without endangering their own lives and the integrity of the Qur’an?
The great reformer
A biographer of Pope Francis reflects upon his career as a reforming leader.
What the fall of the Wall did not change
It is difficult to remember how seductive Marxism was and how frightening Soviet power was.
Canadian rampage is tip of iceberg
Middle East Christians are being slaughtered by radical Islamists, says a Canadian journalist.
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