Exactly this time last year, the Islamic Education & Research Academy (iERA) launched its ‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ campaign in response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.
The main objective was to bring together a variety of experts from differing academic, political and religious backgrounds to discuss their differences, in a civilised and respectful manner without resorting to offence as a premise of intellectual dialogue.
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!’ 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. Consequently this has resulted in the consistent labelling of Muslims as “moderates”, “liberals”, “reformists”, “conservatives”, “extremists” and “Islamists”. Inevitably, this has led to frustration within the Muslim community and fear within wider society towards Islam and Muslims.
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.