• Articles

  • In Praise of the Islamic Bookstore

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 22 March 2018

    Independent bookshops in Britain are on the decline, and a combination of rising rents and Amazon will spell its ultimate… read more

  • The Perils of Faith-Healing

    Stephen Graham 18 February 2018

    Charisma Magazine is a leading magazine amongst Christians who identify as “charismatic:” that is, who believe that certain supernatural “Gifts… read more

  • Prehistoric carving of a "lion man"

    Living with Gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond.

    Dr Ian Parker Heath 9 January 2018

    Dr Ian Parker Heath reviews the “Living With the Gods” exhibition at the The British Museum It is no easy… read more

  • Great and Little Jediism

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 7 January 2018

    “I am one with the Force, the Force is with me” Opinion is split – this is either the most… read more

  • What British Muslims Really Think About Christmas

    Laura Jones 22 December 2017

    It’s that time of year again. The time of the year when websites and social media are buzzing with the… read more

  • A Brief History of Muslims in Wales

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 5 November 2017

    The best place to begin the story is in the late eight century with King Offa of Mercia, who is… read more

  • The Forgotten (Muslim) Revival of Wales

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 5 November 2017

    For those familiar with the history of Wales, the phrase ‘Welsh Revival’  evokes very powerful images. It describes an era… read more

  • Lonfon Central Mosque

    Why are places of worship the target of attacks?

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 5 November 2017

    The government has recently issued its Action Against Hate Crimes (pdf) plan, which provides a valuable overview of existing and… read more

  • Mosques, Churches and Temples – the religious landscape of Pokemon

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 5 November 2017

    Pokemon Go is taking over. Its devotees travel in pilgrimage to its sacred sites (Pokestops), attend to their divine beings… read more

  • The Mosques of Wales

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 5 November 2017

    An article Abdul-Azim Ahmed wrote for Click on Wales, the online portal of the Institute for Welsh Affairs. It details… read more

  • How Big is the Muslim Congregation?

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 24 October 2017

    Traditional Christian groups are facing “alarming decline”, according to the current affairs programme Y Byd ar Bedwar. The story is… read more

  • The Hijacking of Daoism in the West: how salesmen came to dominate the discourse of the Dao

    Robert James Coons 17 October 2017

    Daoism has a relatively short history in the west, with the first English language translation of the Dao De Jing… read more

  • The Mighty and the Almighty—Interview with Nick Spencer

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 6 October 2017

    Theos, the Christian think-tank, recently published a new work. The Mighty and the Almighty, which explores the relationship between Christian… read more

  • Religion and Law: Interview with Frank Cranmer

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 6 October 2017

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed interviews Frank Cranmer, who with David Pocklington, runs the popular Religion and Law blog online. AA: So why run… read more

  • The Politics of Interfaith Love in India

    John Fahy 23 July 2017

    On 2 May, a Muslim farmer, Gulam Mohammad, was lynched near a mango orchard in the small village of Sohi… read more

  • Why do Muslims Call the Islamic State “Khawarij”?

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 23 July 2017

    During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan 2015, a brutal global triple attack sent shockwaves across the world. A massacre… read more

  • Death, Resurrection and Ascension: the Marvel Method

    Christopher Chiu-Tabet 7 July 2017

    How the Marvel Cinematic Universe has united directors religious and non-religious alike for an ongoing cycle of rebirth,written by Christopher… read more

  • Hipstianity – “When Church and Cool Collide”

    Emma Riches 30 June 2017

    Emma Riches speaks to Brett McCracken about hipsters, faith, and new religion. From coffee shops to clothing brands, Hipster style… read more

  • God and Grime – The Religious Literacy of British Hip Hop

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 30 June 2017

    “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world” famously said… read more

  • Jewish Leaders United In Rejecting Ban On Muslim Refugees

    Rabbi Allen Maller 15 February 2017

    President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees from entering the USA left most of the American Jewish community horrified —… read more

  • Mythology in Samurai Jack

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 14 February 2017

    This decade hasn’t been a bad one for nostalgia. In the last few years, we’ve had new Star Wars, Pokemon… read more

  • Trump’s Prosperity Gospel

    Stephen Graham 24 January 2017

    Donald Trump’s inauguration was full of religious trappings: kicking off the day with a service and inviting several religious representatives… read more

  • iPhone and Rosary

    Sacred Synesthesia

    Luke Burns 15 January 2017

    I recently watched a documentary about a man with quite intense synesthesia, which allowed him to visualise numbers as complex… read more

  • Two Holy Lungs Breathing Spiritual Life Worldwide

    Rabbi Allen Maller 4 January 2017

    Rabbi Allen S. Maller’s reflections for 2017 In the pagan Greco-Roman Empire during the days of Jesus, the Jerusalem Temple… read more

  • Radicalized – Peter Neumann

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 6 December 2016

    Walking into my local Waterstone’s on one Saturday, I was greeted by an extensive display of books all about terrorism.… read more

  • A Buddhist Diet in London

    Ilona Smith 6 December 2016

    Food and practice around dietary requirements are common and important factors in every known religion. From what’s found in doctrines… read more

  • Our Holy Ground – John Morgans and Peter Noble

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 6 December 2016

    Gerald of Wales is famous for his medieval accounts of travelling through Wales. As clergyman and royal clerk, he accompanied… read more

  • Terror and Natural Law

    Jonathan Milevsky 6 December 2016

    In my prayers on Yom Kippur a few weeks ago, I included a plea for no more terror attacks around… read more

  • Stephen Timms MP: Interview on Faith and Politics

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 6 December 2016

    Stephen Timms has always been known as an MP strongly in favour of the role and contribution of faith in… read more

  • Qawwali: A Truly Mystical Encounter

    Kynaat Awan 6 December 2016

    Qawalli is a mystical form of music from the Sufi sect of Islam that has inspired people worldwide for centuries.… read more