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Debate Video: Islam and Feminism – Compatible or Conflicting? Zara Faris (MDI) vs Marina Mahathir (Sisters in Islam)

Have you ever wondered whether Islam and feminism are compatible? Or are they inherently irreconcilable? Is there superior rights for women in Islam, or those the Western originated ideas of Feminism provide the answers? Watch the thought-provoking discussion below that took place on 19th of February in London, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, as … Continue reading

What is the Real Ideology that Leads to Terrorism?

Here is a video excerpt from the full debate refuting the claim that religion, or an interpretation of religion, leads to terrorism. I then discuss the real ideology that actually justifies terrorism in its name. (This video is an excerpt from the iERA organised debate ‘Is Islam the solution or cause of Extremism?’)

Public Debate: Is Islam the Cause or Solution to Extremism?

On Friday 16th Oct 2015, Zara Faris was invited by the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) to speak at a cross-panel debate on the criminalisation of Islam and tackling extremism in London entitled, ‘The Big Question: Is Islam The Cause Or Solution To Extremism?’ The panel was chaired by Peter Oborne, the former Chief Political Commentator … Continue reading

PUBLIC DEBATE: ISLAM OR FEMINISM: Which One Can Truly Liberate Women? Julie Bindel vs Zara Faris

The exciting and stimulating debate on ‘Islam or Feminism: Which one truly liberates women?’ is now available to watch online. The debate features the Feminist writer, journalist and activist Julie Bindel debating myself on the topic Feminism, Islam, Western culture, the Muslim world, the question of rights and justice, and whether or not Feminism and Islam are … Continue reading

TRAILER: Islam or Feminism Debate: Which One Truly Liberates Women?

Watch below the TRAILER for the ‘Islam or Feminism Debate: Which One Truly Liberates Women?’ MDI has released the trailer for the upcoming debate video of the debate that featured myself debating the renowned Feminist writer, journalist and activist, Julie Bindel, on the topic of Islam and Feminism. FULL DEBATE WILL BE PUBLISHED ONLINE 22nd … Continue reading

BBC Radio 4: Is a “Feminist re-interpretation” of the Qur’an needed? Zara Faris debates Feminist Ziba Mir-Hosseini

Staunch feminist Amina Wadud claims that ISIS is a “wake-up call” for Muslims who reject a reformation of Islam; her fellow feminist activist, Ziba Mir-Hosseini (legal anthropologist) agrees, arguing that the existence of ISIS should force Muslims to “wake up” to the need for a feminist re-interpretation of Islam. Yesterday morning, I challenged Ziba Mir-Hosseini … Continue reading

DEBATE RECORDING: This House Believes That Shari’ah Law is Fairer than English Law

Following the exciting debate, This House Believes That Shari’ah Law is Fairer than English Law, between Zara Faris alongside Abdullah Al-Andalusi for the motion, and Adrienne Page QC and a retired Judge against the motion, we are pleased to announce that the recording of the full debate is now available to watch below. An important … Continue reading

TV Debate: Do Muslims Need Feminism?

Not long ago I was invited onto the Islam Channel to discuss ‘Feminism and Islam’, which really ended up discussing the question, Do Muslims need Feminism, or do they need Islam? The full video is now available to watch on YouTube. Please watch, and share widely. The discussion was televised live on the Islam Channel … Continue reading

Radio Debate: Should the Niqab (veil) be banned in Britain?

A Radio Debate for Voice of Russia UK A few days ago, I was invited onto Voice of Russia UK Radio to participate in a debate regarding whether the Niqab (face veil) should be banned in Britain, along with Nabila Ramdani (journalist), Julie Bindel (feminist), and Dr Taj Hargey. You can listen to this debate … Continue reading

Public Debate: ‘Do Women Need Feminism?’ with Natalie Bennett (Green Party Leader)

Salaam/greetings all! Here is the full video and short trailer of my debate with Natalie Bennett (Leader of the Green Party), ‘Do Women Need Feminism?’, which took place on 28 February 2013 at Friends House, London. 14 minute trailer of my opening presentation: Full Video:

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