Terrorism in India: Mumbai madness

The attack by gunmen on Mumbai’s hotels and landmarks brings to mind past violence between Hindus and Muslims in the world’s largest democracy. These attacks never help their purported causes, but remain stubbornly ubiquitous nonetheless. [Read more…]

Film "The Kite Runner": A scene too far?

An acclaimed new film set in Afghanistan, The Kite Runner, is testing the cultural differences between East and West with an inference of child rape. [Read more…]

Shias in Mecca: Unwelcome pilgrims

For many Shias, an attack on Shia umrah pilgrims two weeks ago recalls a painful history of abuse in Mecca, and shatters hopes for a more inclusive and tolerant pilgrimage experience [Read more…]

War with Iran: America’s “single-country challenge”

Shirin Saeidi, of the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII), speaks to us about the prospects of war with Iran and how we underestimate the complexity of Iranian society [Read more…]

Iranian dissent: Behind Iran’s new hostage diplomacy

For Iran’s hardliners, under pressure from the West to abandon a fledgling nuclear programme, the detentions of foreigners and dual-nationals raises the stakes [Read more…]

Author Daveed Gartenstein-Ross: Fueling islamophobia or building bridges?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross converted to Islam and worked with a charity allegedly linked to al-Qaida. Is his new book cashing in on the experience, or does he have something constructive to say? [Read more…]