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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Earliest Quranic Codex Discovered

    On Religion Team 5 May 2015

    Until recently, the earliest codices of the Quran were considered to be in Topkapi Palace Museum in Turkey and Tashkent… 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

  • Interview with Gerard Russell on Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms

    On Religion Team 15 February 2015

    Former British diplomat, Gerrard Russell, has published a work looking at the minority religions in the Middle-East. Abdul-Azim Ahmed speaks… read more

  • Dome of the Rock

    The Crusades and the Modern World

    Daniel Rey 4 January 2015

    Daniel Rey argues there are modern parallels to historic wars. The Crusades of the Medieval Age are the pre-eminent conflict… 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

  • The Everlasting Flame

    The Everlasting Flame – a Journey into Ancient Zoroastrianism

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 1 January 2015

    In this review, Dr Sarah Stewart’s edited collection on Zoroastrianism proves to be a rich and colourful exploration of the… 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

  • 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

  • Four Chaplains Day stamp

    Four Chaplains Day – a date worth remembering

    Karen Willows 3 March 2014

    Karen Willows discusses what an American multifaith holiday can teach us in the United Kingdom about civic religion. On February… read more

  • Nelson Mandela

    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

  • Ghazali grave harouniyeh mosque

    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

  • Maaloula Shrine of St Thecla

    A Journey Through Syria

    Christopher De Bie 3 November 2013

    Christopher De Bie reflects on his experiences travelling through Syria just before the Arab Spring reached Damascus. In early September… read more

  • The Forgotten Torah

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 11 September 2013

    The Anglophone world has only ever been familiar with a single version of the Torah, the Masoretic. But there exists… read more

  • Egypt Protests

    Understanding the Deep State: Egypt

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 23 August 2013

    Current Affairs in Context What is happening in Egypt? It’s an important question that has no simple answer, for two… read more