Author Archives: inayatscorner

R4 Moral Maze on ‘Islamic Terrorism’

In the wake of last week’s killings in Paris, I was on Radio 4’s Moral Maze programme (it can be heard by clicking on the previous link) this evening on the topic of “Islamic Terrorism” (yes, I don’t like the title either). … Continue reading

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Book Review: Brief Candle In The Dark by Richard Dawkins

Here’s a proud confession. I have all of Richard Dawkins’s 11 science books (or 10 if we are strict and discount the massive best seller The God Delusion) on my bookshelves and have read them all. He certainly arouses strong feelings … Continue reading

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Richard Dawkins and Neil DeGrasse Tyson Discuss The Mind, Science, Religion and Atheism

Very interesting discussion between two giants of science with slightly different approaches to teaching science. It’s full of challenging and mind expanding material and ideas. Amongst many highlights, Dawkins explains his metaphor of Mount Improbable and the evolution of the eye. … Continue reading

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The Times and “Rewriting Islamic History”

Last month, Birmingham University announced that they had discovered Qur’anic fragments that were carbon-dated to being amongst the very earliest to have ever been found. It was a fabulous story that thrilled Muslims worldwide. Today, there is a peculiar story published in The Times  claiming … Continue reading

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The Qur’an Strikes Back

The BBC this week reported that what are believed to be amongst the earliest ever fragments of the Qur’an have been found at Birmingham University. The fragments have been carbon dated with a 95% probability to the period 568 to 645 … Continue reading

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Reflections on 7/7

On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the July 7 2005 bombings in London, as the country remembers the terrible events of that morning, I thought it was worth recalling some of the events in the lead up to … Continue reading

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British Muslims and the IS Blame Game

It is an incredible and baffling story. Why would three UK Muslim mothers take their nine children away from Britain and to live in war-torn Syria? Admittedly, their home town was Bradford, but nevertheless! The Prime Minister David Cameron, urged … Continue reading

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