Is there a ‘Muslim world’?

Asma Afsaruddin, Professor of Islamic studies in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University at Bloomington,  reviews Cemil Aydin’s The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History in The Chronicle of Higher Education: . . … read more

Muslims in Britain

Muslim organisations in UK appalled by atrocity

Muslim Council of Britain Following the attack on Manchester Arena last night, Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, issued the following statement, “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I understand teenagers … read more


Manchester bomber Salman Abedi was banned from a mosque and reported to authorities for his extremist views

Salman Abedi was banned from a mosque after criticising an imam for “talking bollocks” Salman Abedi was reported to authorities for his extremist views, yet he managed to w alk into Manchester Arena and detonate a suicide bomb, killing 22 … read more


Planetary scientist Ramy El-Maarry

Swiss-trained Mohammed Ramy El-Maarry has been breaking new ground at the University of Colarado, where he is visiting scientist. His current research interests are on the planet Mars, My research interests are Martian geology/geomorphology, but also extend to small bodies and … read more


Kenan Malik in the Guardian, ‘What  Khalid Masood wreaked on Westminster last week was depraved and shocking. It was not, however, another 7/7. The attacks on the tube and a bus by four suicide bombers on 7 July 2005 were … read more


Peter Clark’s ‘Damascus Diaries’

Book Review In the Syria that was  Damascus Diaries, Life Under the Assads by Peter Clark Gilgamesh Publishing, 2015. ISBN: 978-190853135-3 393 Pages               Peter Clark, best known as the founding father of Pickthallian … read more

EU News

More on Macron

BBC reports, “Born in the northern city of Amiens, Mr Macron was educated at the prestigious Henri-IV public secondary school in Paris. It is regarded as one of the most demanding sixth-form colleges in France. His parents were both doctors … read more

Featured Videos

Fatima Manji Channel 4 News Journalist, on surviving a media firestorm

Fatima Manji, Channel 4 news journalist, on surviving a media firestorm and what happens when racism, sexism and Islamophobia collide. The talk was chaired by Nosheen Iqbal, The Guardian’s Women’s Editor. —– Women of the World festival 2017 WOW celebrates … read more


For Christ’s sake?

Christian extremism on display – will it be called Christianist violence (apro pos the much bandied term ‘Islamic violence?). Of course not, because it will be said that one should take a holistic view of a religion’s teachings! Here is an unsavoury … read more

Opinion Piece

Professor Niyazi Eruslu – why under detention?

Professor Niyazi Eruslu, the founding Rector of Yalova University near Istanbul, has been held in detention in the aftermath of the coup attempt of 15 August 2016. While President Erdogan deserves to be much admired for his statesmanship, boldness and … read more

Islamicate Archives

Ghada Karmi: Remembering Balfour

Writing to the Editor of the Guardian, Britain’s colonial past is indeed still with us and nowhere more so than in the Middle East. Next year will mark the centenary of the Balfour declaration, a colonial document whose consequences were … read more