Debate: This This House Believes that Islam is Compatible with Western Liberalism

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Debate: This This House Believes that Islam is Compatible with Western Liberalism

Thursday, 2 March 2017 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Venue: 
Cambridge Union Society, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge, CB2 1UB
Speaker(s): 
Shabbir Akhtar, philosopher and writer on Islam and Islamic politics
Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies, St Antony's College, University of Oxford; Executive Director, Research Centre for Islamic Legislation and Ethics; and President of European Muslim Network
Professor Frits Bolkestein, former leader of the People's Party of Freedom and Democracy; one of the leading political parties in The Netherlands
Douglas Murray, founder of the Centre for Social Cohesion and associate editor of The Spectator
Shamil Shams, Deutsche Welle, the German international broadcaster
Convenor: 
Charles Connor, Executive Officer, The Cambridge Union Society, Lent Term

Tariq Ramadan joins The Cambridge Union Society debate for the motion 'This House Believes that Islam is Compatible with Western Liberalism'. A difficult and perhaps unpopular question, the relationship between Islam and so-called 'Western Values' has been questioned repeatedly in recent years. In the aftermath of the 'burkini' spat, Trump's exclusionary rhetoric, the refugee influx, and the wave of terrorist attacks across mainland Europe, the Union asks if these tensions can be resolved.