News Focus

Academics push to merge Shariah and English Law

by - 7th February 2008

Is a clash looming between the laws of the West and Islam? In the wake of 9/11, commentators such as Samuel Huntington have spoken of a conflict between an economically powerful but increasingly amoral West, and a resurgent and moralistic Islam.

There is much at stake. Can a state such as Turkey, overwhelmingly Muslim, join the EU and become party to international human rights provisions? Given that Islamic councils have been established in England, should they be recognised by English family law?

Unseen hand of Hindu fascism claims more lives in Orissa

by - 24th January 2008

Orissa churches guttedChristians in Orissa, Northeast India have been falsely accused this week of gun running by the extreme Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP or World Hindu Council) in a full page ad the group took out in the local press on Monday (January 21, 2008).

Lapido Media launches at Frontline Club

by - 6th December 2007

Bishop Michael Nazir AliIndependent columnist and former Spectator Editor Dominic Lawson will interview Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester, at the official launch of Lapido Media on Thursday.

Seeing off the extremists with love – and a toddler project

by - 5th December 2007

Springfield Project

Foreign Office officials and local government ministers, Labour councillors and imams have been beating a path to the doors of a Birmingham church where a remarkable experiment in community cohesion has received more than £2million from the government.

‘Islam enforces order’ - Nigerian bishop tells London audience

by - 27th October 2007

Bishop Benjamin KwashiIslam is gaining ground because it ‘enforced order and put things right’, Bishop Benjamin Kwashi of Jos, Nigeria told a meeting of Anglicans in London on Friday.