Islam Is Religion Of Peace Debate? Zeba Khan and Maajid Nawaz verses Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Douglas MurrayBy
Pre-Debate Poll Results
41%For | 25% Against | 34%
Post Debate Poll Results
36% For | 55% Against | 9%
Intelligence Squared (US) – The world of debate presents:
Think twice : “Islam is a religion of peace” ?
2 versus 2 debate (06 Oct 2010)
Moderator: John Donovan (Correspondent for ABC News)
Arguing in favour of the motion are Zeba Khan and Maajid Nawaz.
(Writer and advocate for Muslim-American civic engagement).
Coming from a middle-class, American background, Zeba Khan argues that Islam is a religion which values knowledge and compassion above destruction and violence. She concedes that there are as many interpretations of Islam as there are Muslims, but stresses that the vast majority of them espouse virtuous principles…..[....]
(Director, Quilliam Foundation)
Maajid Nawaz believes that Islam must be re-claimed from the minority who have defined its public image. Extremism should be challenged and democratic values promoted; the majority of Muslims do have a responsibility to speak out about terrorism more actively. Islam should and deserves to part of the effort to create world peace…..[....]
Arguing against the motion are Douglas Murray and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ayaan Hirsi Ali believes the reason the motion for the debate is not ‘Is Christianity a religion of peace?’ or ‘Is Judaism a religion of peace?’ is because those would be academic questions. Unfortunately, placing Islam under the microscope is not an academic exercise: it is a pressing and timely issue, precisely because religion continues to inspire Muslims around the world to commit violent deeds…..[....]
(Author, commentator, Director of the Centre for Social Cohesion)
Douglas Murray states that Islam is complex and tripartite: there is the Qur’an, its teachings and the life of Mohammad; there is the tradition of Sharia, and then there is what Muslims do now. Thankfully, what Muslims do now offers hope. Most Muslims now exercise their judgement as moral beings, without referring to defunct Holy books. However, the Qur’an itself is bad, really bad. Muhammad himself was also a bad man; he had child brides, multiple wives and beheaded Jews….[....]
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