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The tragedy of Pakistan’s blasphemy law

Mashal Khan, a student describing himself as a humanist, was murdered at his university in Mardan.

By Samira Shackle
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The tragedy of Pakistan’s blasphemy law

Mashal Khan, a student describing himself as a humanist, was murdered at his university in Mardan.

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Mind, Body & Life
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Desperately seeking cultural capital

Laurie Taylor goes to the opera.

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Mind, Body & Life
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Becoming British

As a teenager, I fought hard to feel like I belonged. Now, that right is being undermined – for me and millions of others.

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In a word: faith

Michael Rosen's column on language and its uses

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Why country singers are the chroniclers of our age

A new generation of female singers are rejecting patriotic tub-thumping and documenting the dark heart of rural America.

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In search of whiteness

Identity politics is back with a vengeance in 2017 – but one particular kind of identity is often left unexplored. Lola Okolosie and Vron Ware ask why.

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Close encounters of the everyday kind

A new book asks if microdosing LSD could make you happier and more productive. Why might we need such a helping hand?

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How we invented nature

Today we take it for granted that something called “nature” exists. But the concept owes much to a Prussian adventurer

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