The Turkish political experiment under AKP is something the Muslim world has been watching with much enthusiasm. The economy has been doing far better than many neighbouring European countries; Turkey's political and religious freedom was getting better, the military influence on its politics has been curtailed and democracy has taken root.
The reaction to Richard Dawkins's tweet about Islam and science has been unswervingly negative. There's a good reason for that. Lumping Muslims into an amorphous mob of scientific illiterates may not strictly be "racist", but it is deeply insensitive.
I wondered how UK Christians might respond to Ramadan and Eid. Could British churches follow the lead of the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury in sending greetings to British Muslims? Apart from our most senior religious leaders, who have been trailblazers and pioneers of inter faith encounter, we have not seen such recognition of Muslim festivals. This is a new approach for a different era.
Twenty-nine days later. 29 long, hot, hungry days later. The end of Ramadan is here. And with it always comes a range of feelings.
How many women rugby players can you name? How many women footballers can you say are influential roles models? Furthermore how many of these women are Asian? They exist, the problem is we are not aware of them.
Many stories during Ramadan have come to media attention - the serving of pork actually occurred some months ago, but the story broke in the last few days. Bigger issues of children fasting seem to be in the background.
These sassy campaigners for women's rights would baulk like crazy at any suggestion that they are cut from the same cloth as sexist, patronising officials in places like Dubai who get to determine what the plebs may see. And yet the war on lads' mags in both Blighty and in more religious countries weirdly springs from the same source...
Real-life Muslims have considerable contradictions in practical, day-to-day life: we have a disproportionately high number of Muslims in the prison population that is worrisome; there is a visible, although tiny, number of violent extremists who have been putting Muslims in the docks through their mindless acts. The Ramadan message needs to reach all Muslims.
In the first two parts of this India Independence Day series, I explained how India shaped our philosophy, gave us modern numerals and instituted pre-Athenian democracy...this instalment will cover five further notable Indian contributions that were well ahead of their time.
Does the bloody Egyptian crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood mark the beginning of the end of political Islamism?
Perhaps BBC producers should watch some of Douglas Murray's finest moments on YouTube, and have a quick word with some of his former colleagues, before they next invite the Spectator's neocon-in-chief onto their shows to fill the 'mainstream, centre-right pundit' spot. Murray is far from mainstream and far from centre-right.
For the first time in centuries, there may be an Islamic intellectual renaissance on the horizon. This is partly due to demands by various Muslims, many of whom feel disaffected with the faith and its pre-modern teachings.
During the month we (Muslims) train ourselves, train ourselves to have restraint, train ourselves to have patience and steer clear from basic desires. The desire to eat, the desire to drink, the desire to argue back when under attack, the desire to indulge curbing our enthusiasm for all of these things until the set time and realizing that in actuality we are in no need of most of these desires.
Over the past week I was struck by real humility after two people said they would try fasting in order to gain compassion and understanding for what millions around the world are undertaking. Their label? Non-Muslims.
The word Qur'an means 'to read'. Yet, for many non-Muslims, we remain remarkably ignorant (perhaps wilfully) to its contents. We do not read the Qur'an. We digest our knowledge about the religion from the media. But ordinary Muslims are often marginalised from newspaper pages and television screens.
Giving to those less fortunate is an important aspect of Islamic life especially during the holy month of Ramadan. New research hows Muslims give the most to those in need. Such generosity must embraced but also met with awareness of precisely where that money is going.