Undercover with Britain’s Sufis

Posted Posted in Religion & Spirituality

The Paris attacks have brought with them their inevitable consequences for Muslims. It’s sad to see that, even in the midst of Britain’s largely successful multiculturalism, they are already feeling the change in the wind. Western Muslims are up against that doubt again, the one raised by the question: is Islam a religion of peace […]

The silence of the monks – a day out on Caldey Island

Posted Posted in Place & Travel, Religion & Spirituality

There’s nothing like visiting a monastery for a good day out. At least, that’s what they think in Lebanon, where mountain-top monasteries are a popular visitor attraction. Go to one of the big, Maronite institutions, and you’ll find families and coach parties circulating between the various chapels and shrines, making votive offerings to saints and […]