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The Soul Within Islam
First broadcast October 2005

Since 9/11, headlines focussing on Islamic extremism have hidden the story of radical change and intense soul searching in many Muslim countries.

But now, in an epic journey celebrated British Muslim writer Ziauddin Sardar travels to five leading Muslim countries to reveal how heads of government, intellectuals and opinion formers are seeking a new interpretation of Islam.

Zia travels to Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco and Turkey to see how changes there are affecting the lives of ordinary Muslims.

He examines whether these changes are taking millions of Muslims into a future where they can co-exist peaceably with non Islamic countries, and assesses the ever present threat from extremists.

Part One: Pakistan

Zia return to his native Pakistan, to find out how today's Pakistanis are fighting for moderation and democracy.


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