The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has declared chess haram — but he needs to remember that the game was born in the Muslim world
‘I am bemused by those vociferous critics of Mrs Thatcher who weren’t even alive when she was in office’
‘The Athens shopping mall is full of young people buying the latest mobile phones and gadgets. So much about this recession remains confusing’
Book review of Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda
‘Hadija laughs as she describes how Saudi women, once over the bridge connecting Saudi Arabia to Bahrain, elbow their husbands out of the driving seat to take command of the wheel.’
Is it just me or has the whole world gone mad?
Yesterday the Spittoon revealed that Inayat Bunglawala – the Mr Bean of modern Islamism – wrote an article promoting gay rights and calling for greater tolerance of homosexuality within the Muslim community. Now, I’ve got news of a remarkable story from Saudi Arabia.
On 27 August a suicide bomber called Abdullah Hassan Tali Asiri nearly killed the Deputy Saudi Interior Minister, Prince Muhammed bin Nayif. The Prince received minor injuries; the bomber was blown in half. Several aspects of this under-reported incident are noteworthy.