There is a lack of humanist studies in the universities of the Arab world, and an absence of the texts which flourished in the very golden age which Islamists so often proclaim
In an age when guns and bombs are used to kill the innocent in Paris, Belgium, London and Dallas as well as Baghdad, Aleppo and Kabul – indeed, in Birstall – even an old blunderbuss must acquire a disturbing symbolism
There used to be a genuine if imperfect mosaic of tolerance in the Islamic world, according to Islamic scholar Tarif Khalidi
Security sources say they believe Isis to be responsible for the bombing
Ambulances were rushed to the scene in the aftermath of the explosion, which caused no casualties
Iranian diplomat Ghadanfar Rokonabadi disappeared after being caught up in the mass panic on last year’s Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca
Lebanese banks are the only institutions who know how to open enough letters of credit to fund Syria’s reconstruction materials: so rebuilding Syria means big profits for them.
'It is a huge mistake to trust evil Britain and the Great Satan [the United States],' Ayatollah Khamenei says following report's release
Mustafa Amine Badreddine was supervising the Shia militant group's involvement in the Syrian civil war
Sally Faulkner, who was arrested in Beirut with Australian crew for allegedly kidnapping her children, is freed after a settlement is agreed
Seven people have been charged with abduction at gunpoint, threatening the lives of children and harming them
'I feel in you, stay strong'
As a witness to the massacre of 1982, I went back often to this place of memories and ghosts, to talk to the survivors
While holed up during a snowstorm in Lebanon, our chef got the chance to sample some of the region's fantastic fare
Some onlookers accuse the groom of being a criminal, others pass on their congratulations
British student Razan was unimpressed when she first met Ahmad, a doctor from Syria. But in time, their shared passion for medicine and fears over the civil war brought them together. Then Ahmad was captured in Homs and tortured. Laura Pitel hears how they overcame the odds to be reunited