• Articles

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Sacred Politics—Trump, Brexit and Civil Religion

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 6 December 2016

    During the US elections, President-elect Trump’s comments about Muslims were uniquely inflammatory. He called for a ban on Muslims entering… read more

  • Who are Britain’s Muslims?

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 12 August 2016

    An introduction to Muslim denominations and religious diversity by Abdul-Azim Ahmed A Sufi, a Salafi, a member of the Tablighi… read more

  • An Unlikely Saint: The Life of Sri Ramana Maharshi

    Nick Jordan 19 April 2016

    Nick Jordan explores the life and spiritual journey of Sri Ramana Maharshi, a twentieth century saint whose teachings have influenced… read more

  • Investigating the Missing Mary Magdalene in Islam

    Nakita Valerio 3 January 2016

    Nakita Valerio explores the absence of Mary Madalene from Islamic scripture, despite the importance placed on Jesus as a significant… read more

  • Why The Theology of Star Wars Is Deeper Than It Might Seem

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 24 December 2015

    With the release of the new Star Wars film, Abdul-Azim Ahmed suggests that the Force and it’s relation to religion… read more

  • The Most Beautiful Religious Sites in Wales

    Dr Kate Roberts 20 August 2015

    With more than 600,000 people visiting Wales’s religious sites each year, it would appear the concept of ‘faith tourism’ in… read more

  • 7 Religious Ideas Worth Reflecting On

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 5 May 2015

    There are some ideas and nuggets of knowledge that make you pause and think. Either because its forces you to… read more

  • Shamans in Mongolia

    David Richards 5 May 2015

    David Richards is a teacher working abroad, he explores his experiences of the new and old of contemporary Mongolia. Situated… read more

  • The Forefather of Religious Studies

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 5 May 2015

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed explores the life and work of al-Biruni, a tenth century polymath famed for producing one of the earliest… read more

  • The Last Gnostics

    Christopher De Bie 5 May 2015

    Chris De Bie explores the religion and history of an ancient, and largely forgotten, faith. This summer, the plight of… read more

  • A Short History of Interfaith in the UK

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 16 February 2015

    The last fifteen years have seen a burgeoning of interfaith organisations – Abdul-Azim Ahmed traces the roots of the movement… read more

  • Rethinking Religion in Northern Ireland

    John Roberts 16 February 2015

    John Roberts explores the diversity of religion in Northern Ireland beyond Protestantism and Catholicism. Northern Ireland’s history is one of… read more

  • An Atheist Explores the Afterlife

    Kile Jones 21 January 2015

    Kile Jones reflects on various religious views of the afterlife, and what this might mean for a skeptic. Back in… read more

  • What is the Caliphate?

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 2 January 2015

    2014 saw the emergence of ISIS and their claims of being the new ‘caliphate’. Abdul-Azim Ahmed explores the roots of… read more

  • Exodus Gods and Kings

    The Power of Moses

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 22 December 2014

    The story of Moses is told and retold through the generations, the most recent incarnation being Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus: Gods… read more

  • What Zombies Tell Us About Religion and Faith

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 26 October 2014

    Zombies are the most popular monster of the modern era because they address perennial questions of religion. ‘There’s no more… read more

  • Croissant

    5 popular bakes and the religious stories behind them

    Laura Jones 18 October 2014

    In honour of the Great British Bake Off, Laura Jones explores the little-known religious stories behind some popular breads, cakes… read more

  • The myth of a Sunni-Shia war

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 17 June 2014

    The narrative of a Sunni-Shia war is so prevalent it is now accepted without challenge – but Abdul-Azim Ahmed argues… read more

  • Politics and Religion in India

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 11 May 2014

    The sheer size of India is sometimes difficult to grasp. This is a sprawling and ancient nation, full of high-rise… read more

  • Neither Capitalism nor Communism: Distributism

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 15 April 2014

    Pope Francis has spoken repeatedly about economics and the ills of capitalism—but what alternative does the Catholic Church offer to… read more

  • Gravity Sandra Bullock

    Gravity: Spiritual, but Not Religious

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 15 April 2014

    The trailer to the movie Gravity, set to the music of Avro Part’s beautifully minimalistic Spiegel Im Spiegel, conveyed the… read more

  • Everything You Need to Know About Religion in Game of Thrones

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 6 April 2014

    George R. R. Martin’s epic saga The Song of Ice and Fire, adapted for TV as the Game of Thrones… read more

  • The Deluge - John Martin

    The Deluge

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 16 March 2014

    Most are familiar with the story of Noah, the prophet who warned humanity of God’s divine justice that would come… read more

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    Mandela: By Any Means Necessary

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 19 February 2014

    Nelson Mandela passed away in December 2013, hailed universally as a hero, but too often the life of sacrifice and… read more

  • An Open Letter from the Second Century

    TJ Pearce 5 December 2013

    Timothy Pearce reflects on early Christian teachings and their relevance to modern-day conflicts. There is no doubting, nor denying, that… read more

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    Ghazali: The Legacy of a Scholar

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 13 November 2013

    Muhammad al-Ghazali is a scholar, philosopher and mystic known to Muslims globally as one of the most influential Muslims who… read more