Hiatus

Taking a break from writing. Need some time out folks. Hope to return in May with a review of Tom Holland’s “In the shadow of the sword”…

International Womens’ Day

As a nod to the recently passed celebration of womanhood I thought I’d share two ahadith that never fail to inspire me with respect and reverence for the female gender. “….He (the narrator) said: There came to him (the Holy Prophet) a woman from Ghamid and said: Allah’s Messenger, I have committed adultery, so purify…

An exchange with David Aaronovitch

This was originally posted on the Justpaste.it website but in order to preserve it I decided to copy it onto the blog. Was originally posted a few days after the unmasking of Emwazi. Dear David You asked me on Friday: “Do you really believe Emwazi went to Tanzania on safari?” But first let’s quickly recap…

In defence of CAGE

In light of its revelations regarding the harassment of putative Islamic State executioner, Mohammed Emwazi, the advocacy group CAGE has over the past several days,come under intense scrutiny, with many keen to highlight past links between its members and “Islamist” organisations. Underpinning the recent slew of articles and media commentary, emanating from all the usual…