OMAR AL-ISSAWI: ‘Incitement’ was the essence of Terry Jones’ actions in burning a copy of the Koran. With the death toll rising by the day he has achieved his objective.
STEVE ROYSTON: To what extent should the state and its institutions act as an intermediary between an individual and his or her conscience – and ultimately his or her Maker?
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED: The West’s understanding of Islam can be very limited, leading to some strange beliefs, and ever stranger questions for Muslims…
YASMIN MOGAHED: A brutal attack on a young woman, observed by a group of men, has caused me to question society’s expectations of men in the Muslim world.
STEVE ROYSTON: If I was advising the UK on a strategy to contain Islamophobia, it would be to communicate the distinction between faith and behaviour.
STEVE ROYSTON: It’s about building societies in which people are not afraid to think for themselves, and are free to express themselves without fear of censorship or persecution…
MARIUM SATTAR: An exhibition showcasing the discoveries of Islam’s ‘Golden Age’ has attracted visitors in the hundreds of thousands, and helped overturn some pervasive prejudices.
SARA REEF: A major survey conducted across 55 countries to test the state of relations between the Muslim world and the West…
OSAMA AL SHARIF: Christians are not the only victims of sectarian terror: Mosques, shrines, religious parades have been targeted indiscriminately, affecting Sunnis, Shias and other sects…
SUZAN EL-AJOU: One fifth of the world’s population identifies itself as Muslim and many of that number are active in business with the other four fifths. What aspects of the Fair Trade Model are in harmony with Islam?
YAHYA EDERER: Every December the Christmas clamour seems to increase around the world. I have some thoughts on how Muslims should manage the festive ‘bombardment’.
SHIBLI ZAMAN: This Ottoman general had a greater war, a war against darkness. He hunted the very progenitor of the vampire legend who impaled his enemies and drank their blood – Vlad al III-lea Tepes, also known as Vlad Draculea, who would go down in infamy as, simply, Dracula.
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMMED: Muslim women can not be simply defined by what they choose to wear. They share the same day-to-day concerns as non-Muslim women.
AMERICAN BEDU: There does not seem to be a pattern on which wife (Saudi or foreign) was the first. However, in all cases I am aware of, not one wife is happy that their husband chose to exercise the right of polygamy.
Ironically, his reaction did more to embody the “angry Muslim male” stereotype that he was trying to avoid, than did any words of mine. He said domestic violence in the Muslim community is, and I quote, “almost non-existent.”
No serious journalist would ask a random black guy with a briefcase on the street to explain the pathology of an African American criminal because of the coincidence of shared skin colour…
To some, a Monet is only a collection of dots. To others, it is a perfect masterpiece. To some, Islam is nothing but a code of rules and regulations. But, to those who understand, it is a perfect vision of life.