• Articles

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • BOOK REVIEW: Sufis, Salafis and Islamists

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 13 July 2016

    It is increasingly common to meet journalists, politicians and interested members of the general public who are curious about the… read more

  • The Collusion between New Atheism and Neoconservatism’s Counter Terror Industry

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 12 February 2016

    An old Welsh fable from the Mabinogion tells the story of Bran the Blessed, the giant King of Britain, who… read more

  • Review: More Perfect Union?

    Dr Jem Bloomfield 16 February 2015

    Dr Jem Bloomfield reviews the Bishop of Buckingham’s work looking at same-sex marriage and the Church. Alan Wilson’s book More… 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

  • Psalms Redux

    Rewriting the Psalms

    Andrew Grey 3 January 2015

    Andrew Grey interviews Revd Dr Carla Grosch-Miller about her new book Psalms Redux: Poems and Prayers to find out more… 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

  • Fields Of Blood, Karen Armstrong

    ‘Fields of Blood’ – Misunderstanding Religion

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 6 December 2014

    A review of Karen Armstrong’s latest book ‘Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence’ by Abdul-Azim Ahmed. Karen… read more

  • The Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom

    The Paradox of American Religious Freedom

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 26 August 2014

    A book discussing the apparent paradox of American religiosity and secularism. In February 2014, President Obama delivered a speech on… read more

  • Nishrin Jafri

    Review – Even the Crows: A Divided Gujarat

    On Religion Team 3 August 2014

    Here, we review Even The Crows, a documentary exploring the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat. The documentary provides a useful… read more

  • A Girl With A Book

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 29 May 2014

    Nick Wood, playwright and author, tours with a new production asking the question—can a Guardian reader really be racist?   “Where… read more

  • Noah the Gnostic?

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 11 May 2014

    Can there be a Biblical story better suited for Hollywood than Noah? Yes, we’re all familiar with The Ten Commandments… read more

  • Pope Francis

    Pope Francis: Untying the Knots

    Daniel Rey 28 October 2013

    Before 13th March 2013, few people outside of Buenos Aires were familiar with the name Jorge Mario Bergoglio. And although… read more

  • Abraham, A Bridge So Near Reviewed

    Eleanor Stoneham 6 August 2013

    It is widely believed that there is a basic antagonism between Christianity and Islam. Current events on our streets do… read more

  • the compassion quest

    Review: The Compassion Quest

    Richard Davies 1 August 2013

    From the moment I saw it, ‘The Compassion Quest’ challenged my expectations. As a work of theology, I expected a… read more

  • AC Grayling

    The Fifth Horseman of New Atheism?

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 1 May 2013

    A.C Grayling proudly announces himself as fifth of the ‘Horsemen of New Atheism’ with his latest book, ‘The God Argument’.… read more

  • The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

    “Why Religions Work” by Eleanor Stoneham – Book Review

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 5 February 2013

    The immediate response by theists to the criticisms of religion made by ‘The Four Horsemen of New Atheism’ was disparate… read more

  • In The Shadow of the Sword – Book Review

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 28 August 2012

    It is rare that a book on religion in Late Antiquity grabs the headlines, but Tom Holland’s latest work –… read more