Debate: Is Islam a religion of peace?
Broadcast: Midday, 12/21/2010, 12:00 p.m.
An "Intelligence Squared" debate features two panelists for, and two panelists against, the proposition: Islam is a religion of peace.
- Zeba Khan: Writer and advocate for Muslim-American civic engagement. Born and raised in Ohio by devout Muslim parents. In 2008, she launched Muslim-Americans for Obama, an online network to mobilize Muslim-American voters in support of the Obama presidential campaign.
- Maajid Nawaz: Director of the Quilliam Foundation. Formerly, Nawaz served on the UK national leadership for the Islamist party Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT). He served four years in an Egyptian prison as a "prisoner of conscience" adopted by Amnesty International. In prison, Maajid recounced the Islamist Ideology for traditional Islam and inclusive politics.
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Author of the memior, "Infidel." Hirsi Ali was born in Somalia and raised a devout Muslim. She escaped an arranged marriage by immigrating to the Netherlands in 1992 and served as a member of the Dutch parliament for 3 years. She is now a loud critic of Islam.
- Douglas Murray: Best-selling author and award-winning journalist. He is also founder and director of the Centre for Social Cohesion (CSC), a non-partisan think-tank in Westminster, London, which focuses on radicalization and has published work on both Islamist and far-right extremism
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