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BOOKS: The sea of faith and violence

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Akbar Ahmed: A message of violence and hatred

I've been denounced as an Uncle Tom, branded a Zionist agent and received threats. My wife begged me to keep quiet

The unbearable bookshop of laughter and forgetting

`Would it be fair to say that you do not have total respect for the British reading public?'

The mullah who made me change my views on Islam

IN TEHRAN a few days ago, an ayatollah called Mohsen Kadivar was sentenced to 18 months in prison. In Iran, his arrest and detention, his trial and now his sentence have produced waves of protest. Hundreds of students have demonstrated at Tehran University for his release; streets have been plastered with "Free Kadivar" posters; and more than 200 journalists have signed a petition demanding his freedom.

A `witch' is burnt in rural Pakistan

THE RAIN finally came to the Punjab last week. Two days of downpour turned its red dust to mud. The fields are now spotted with rust-coloured pools reflecting a heavy, grey sky.

Humans are not ready for religions of peace and joy

Fundamentalism gives you the intolerance, cruelty, self-righteousness and tunnel vision you need

Pakistan votes for Koran as the ultimate arbiter

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