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If There Can Be a Balance between Liberal Values and Islamic Beliefs

Al Jazeera English

Jun 3, 2016

Tunisia's "Islamist" Ennahda party announced last month that it was moving away from so-called "political Islam". The announcement is seen as a move to broaden its following by a party that has been labelled "moderate Islamist" for 30 years.

While the move is welcomed by many, others raise questions: Can Muslim-majority countries strike a balance between faith and democracy? Or, is there an irreconcilable tension between liberal values and Islamic beliefs?

In a special edition of UpFront, recorded before Ennahda's announcement, Mehdi Hasan speaks to a panel of experts, analysts and activists about whether there can be a balance between Islamic and democratic values.


Mustafa Akyol, Turkish columnist and author of Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty.

Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian-American writer, activist and author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

Soumaya Ghannoushi, British-Tunisian writer, commentator and member of Tunisia's Ennahda party.

Shadi Hamid, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution's Centre for Middle East Policy and author of Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam is Reshaping the World.

Husain Haqqani, former Pakistani ambassador to the US and author of Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military

Al Jazeera English Editor's note: We apologise to our viewers for the technical issues with Mona Eltahawy's connection.

Source: aljazeera.com/programmes/upfront/2016/06/islam-democracy-problem-160603110712108.html

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/multimedia/al-jazeera-english/if-there-can-be-a-balance-between-liberal-values-and-islamic-beliefs/d/116207


  • Shadi Hamid is the realist and Mustafa Ackroyd is the idealist in this debate. I agree with the former but am largely in sympathy with the latter.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 8/27/2018 1:46:29 PM

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