In the aftermath of the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015 where 130 people were killed, and the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq involving the so called ‘Islamic State’ group, the debate surrounding Islam and reformation has resurfaced once again.
In light of this, on Friday 26th February 2016 in London, iERA will be holding its fourth ‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ event entitled, ‘The Big Question: Does Islam Need A Reformation?’
For some years now, there has been an ongoing discussion amongst British politicians, academics and think-tanks regarding the reformation of Islam. From a Muslim perspective, the main textual sources of Islam are considered timeless, and this is evident in how numerous Islamic civilisations had the ability to address new realities, without tampering the Qur’an or altering the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
This theme and more will be debated by a panel of experts in London on Friday 26th February 2016, whose opinions on the subject matter have shaped the current debate.
The debate will be chaired by journalist and broadcaster, Lauren Booth, and she will be joined by:
• Tom Holland – Historian
• Dr Taj Hargey – Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford
• Zara Huda Faris – Muslim Debate Initiative
• Theo Hobson – Journalist and theologian
• Safaruk Chowdhury – Theologian
• Abdullah al Andalusi – Muslim Debate Initiative
The debate will take place in central London, and will be within walking distance of the Bakerloo, Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern and Victoria lines.