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Topic: Islam

Francis has challenged Islamic countries to grant religious freedom to Christians – will Western politicians follow his lead?

In his apostolic exhortation the Pontiff is also brave to suggest that Islam has its origins in Christianity

My convent school has changed remarkably in just 50 years

The white veils and white gloves on feast days are now a distant memory

If Islamophobia has gone mainstream, as Mehdi Hasan claims, then what are the causes?

The problem is not Muslims, but the theoretical underpinnings of Islam

Can the BBC handle the awkward truth about the Ottoman Empire?

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was right to make a sharp break with Turkey’s imperial past

US Muslim leader says Pope is model of what religious figurehead should be

President of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland praises Francis for doing ‘wonderful job’

If St Francis were alive today he would have no time for Church politics or ‘respectful dialogue’ with Islam

The one saint who seems to give the Church a good name, St Francis would have sought converts

‘Intolerance in Indonesia is becoming mainstream’

Indonesia has long been celebrated for its pluralism, but there are signs that this may be about to change

We need to grow in understanding of Muslims, English bishop says

Bishop urges faithful not to accept negative media image of Muslims

The government regularly bungles religious issues, so how can it deal effectively with Islamic extremism?

Cosying up to Saudi Arabia is just one example of the hypocrisy at the heart of David Cameron’s pluralist position

The Oxford ‘Asian grooming gang’ were not in fact all Asian. But they were all Muslim: is this a problem we are afraid to face?

It is in fact a dilemma for their religious community and not for the “Asian” community – if such a thing exists