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Last night’s documentary on the birth of Islam illustrates how powerful religion made Arabic culture

A Salafi group has said Muslims should avoid eating tomatoes because of their cross-shaped interior

There are sane and moderate Muslims: but will they ever predominate?

Ed West welcomes a new book that sheds light on the mysterious birth of the Islamic faith

Benedict XVI has charmed the faithful with his holiness and humility (PA photo)

Seven years in, the Pope has inspired Catholics and shown he has an authentic vision for the Church

Damian Lewis plays a US marine who has been 'turned' by al-Qaeda

I wonder how many Westerners have, like Brody, become Muslim. What would be their reasons for doing so?

Is Belloc best forgotten?

The Catholic writer is nowadays neglected, but much of his writing is florid, dull and unreadable

Pope Benedict XVI signs Africae Munus, the Apostolic Exhortation about the future of the Church in Africa

Muslims who oppose fundamentalism should recognise the Pope as an ally

Daniel Goldhagen, author of A Moral Reckoning

Melanie Phillips says that Islam is intrinsically anti-Semitic; Daniel Goldhagen tries the same argument with Catholicism

Pope Benedict XVI talks with Ali Dere, a professor for Islamic theology at the university of Bonn (AP Photo/Wolfgang Radtke, pool)

Benedict XVI says the importance attached to faith by many Muslims is at times ‘provocative’ in secular society