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Tuesday 13 October 2009
The far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders today won his appeal against the Government's decision to ban him from entering Britain.
Monday 14 September 2009
AS I told students last year, a system could progress or regress. Progress would make society get closer to the ideals of justice and religion and religious virtue, progress industrially and in terms of education and progress in terms of freedom. It would make society stand more firmly against enemies. These are signs of positive progress.
Thursday 20 August 2009
Wednesday 29 July 2009
Twenty-five children appear in a Taliban propaganda video wearing the traditional Pakistani shalwar kameez. They sit cross- legged on the ground rocking back and forth reciting the Koran. A white bandana tied across their forehead, reads: "La illaha illala: There is no God but God."
Sunday 14 June 2009
So why are people throwing eggs at you?
Sunday 26 April 2009
Despite guitarist Sinan's winning, erudite sleeve-note explaining the
Friday 17 April 2009
The far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders is planning a follow-up of his provocative anti-Koran film, Fitna. The outspoken, peroxide-blond leader of the opposition Freedom Party, who has labelled the Koran "fascist", says the new film will deal with the growing Islamisation of Western countries.
Thursday 09 April 2009
Tuesday 31 March 2009
Friday 13 February 2009
WH Auden wrote that the central plot idea of the detective story is to threaten, then restore, the Golden Age. One of the strengths of Andrew Killeen's powerful historical thriller is that the Golden Age on display is one alien and yet terribly familiar: the Baghdad of Harun al-Rashid, as remembered through the lens of the Thousand and One Nights. Abu Nuwas, the detective here, is both one of the most important of Arabic poets – he wrote in Arabic, but was Persian by birth – and a character who recurs in several tales of the Nights. He was famous both for deep knowledge of the Koran, and for the way his verse subverted both classic forms and religious language to celebrate drinking, bisexuality and falconry: a sometimes licensed, often imprisoned dissenter from a regime which used orthodoxy as a tool of statecraft.
Friday 13 February 2009
Wednesday 11 February 2009
A right-wing Dutch politician banned from visiting the UK over his anti-Islam views vowed today that he would come anyway.
Thursday 22 January 2009
Wednesday 10 December 2008
Wednesday 05 November 2008
Out today, this could be the game that immortalises the PlayStation 3. Although its release was delayed because of references to the Koran in the soundtrack, it's now full steam ahead for the charming title, which features a winsome, customisable hero, Sackboy. This knitted critter is at the heart of LBP and he will welcome players into a world where platforming, social networking and creativity collide. And just when you thought this title couldn't be any more pleasing, it transpires that Stephen Fry narrates the tutorial sessions. Mario, watch your back.
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