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Debate: Battle For Islam
Zeinab Badawi
Wednesday, 14 September, 2005, at 2230 BST
BBC Four debated the issues raised in the film Battle for Islam, screened on 5 Sept
Zeinab Badawi hosted a discussion programme exploring what the future holds for Islam both in the UK and around the world.

Will militant extremism win? Or are other more peaceful modes of existence possible?

A panel of Islamic experts scrutinised an optimistic, moderate vision of the future put forward by the writer Ziauddin Sardar in his BBC Two programme Battle for Islam.

In the film, Sardar travels to five Muslim countries: Turkey, Pakistan, Morocco, Indonesia and Malaysia.

He reveals how heads of government, intellectuals and opinion formers are seeking new interpretations of Islam, offering a more tolerant approach to other faiths and cultures, and seeking to disentangle Islam from political ideology.

The discussion provided context and analysis of the Koran, Islamic traditions, political history and contemporary developments to find out what it is to be Muslim today.

Shown on Wednesday, 14 September, 2005, at 2230 BST, the panellists for Debate: Battle For Islam were:

Ziauddin Sardar, writer and broadcaster
Tariq Ramadan, a leading European Islamic thinker who sparked controversy after being banned from entering the US and France, but not the UK
Nagina Shah, who has not spoken to her family for 14 years after walking away from an arranged marriage
Aftab Malik, who argues traditional Islamic values can overcome extremism
Rime Allaf, a Middle East expert at the international think tank Chatham House.


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