100 Questions About Islam

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  1. How is the Arab Spring a departure from the history of the Muslim World?

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    Adnan Husain argues that the recent uprisings in places like Egypt are illustrative of a historical desire for things like justice, freedom and democracy. Interview and video editing by Danny Matteson.

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    • What role do Muslims play in American politics?

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      John Esposito describes Muslims as a potentially attractive swing voting bloc in the United States. Interview and video editing by Danny Matteson.

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      • What form of government is compatible with Islam?

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        Abdeslam Maghraoui muses that because the Muslim world is so diverse, old, and large, it is hard to speak of one conception of Islamic politics. Interview by Emoke Bebiak. Video editing by Danny…

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        • What do polling data tell us about the Arab Spring?

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          Data suggest that Egyptians have been inspired by the 2011 revolution, and fewer want to leave their country since the revolution. Interview and video editing by Danny Matteson.

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          • Are democracy and theocracy compatible?

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            Melody Moezzi unpacks the complications involved in reconciling democratic values and theocratic governments. Interview by Reuben Stern. Video editing by Danny Matteson.

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            • What do all of the protests against the burqa ban mean?

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              Sara Silvestri discusses the controversy over Muslim women protesting for the right to wear the burqa and niqab. Interview and video editing by Emoke Bebiak.

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              • Why is the "Our Shared Future" project important?

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                Sharon Memis, Director of the British Council USA, talks about the modern-day challenges of social cohesion, particularly with regard to Islam. Interview and video editing by Yaryna Klimchak

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                • What is Islamic renewal?

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                  Abdeslam Maghraoui describes the debates taking place in Muslim societies today as they undergo a transformation on par with the Christian reformation. Interview by Emoke Bebiak. Video editing by…

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                  • What is the origin of Muslim head and body coverings?

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                    Sara Silvestri discusses the connection between Muslim coverings and Muslim conceptions of modesty and purity. Interview and video editing by Emoke Bebiak.

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                    • What is Sharia law?

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                      Muqtedar Khan suggests that people who fear Sharia law have based their understanding of a few narrow examples illustrated the Taliban, when most Sharia law is already exhibited in the values and…

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                      • Why is it important to consider faith and culture as distinct identities?

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                        Sarah Joseph, a self-described "Englishwoman, Westerner and Muslim," talks of culture and faith as distinct things that can be enjoyed as separate identities. Interview and video editing…

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                        • Why are Muslim Americans so frequently seen as the "other"?

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                          John Esposito discusses how Muslim Americans are seen through the lens of events abroad. Interview and video editing by Danny Matteson.

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                          100 Questions About Islam

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                          Current debates about integration, religious freedom and cultural diversity highlight growing levels of tensions between Muslim and non-Muslim communities in the US and Europe—most of which are founded on a lack of information.

                          For that reason, we have set out to provide a range of answers to questions at the heart of relations between Muslims and non-Muslims today. For example, what is Sharia law? What is the role of religion in the public space? And how have the Arab Spring revolutions begun to change that? What values do Muslim and non-Muslims share? Are we really so different, after all?


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                          Current debates about integration, religious freedom and cultural diversity highlight growing levels of tensions between Muslim and non-Muslim communities in the US and Europe—most of which are founded on a lack of information.

                          For that reason, we have set out to provide a range of answers to questions at the heart of relations between Muslims and non-Muslims today. For example, what is Sharia law? What is the role of religion in the public space? And how have the Arab Spring revolutions begun to change that? What values do Muslim and non-Muslims share? Are we really so different, after all?

                          This is a joint project between the British Council's Our Shared Future program, the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, featuring members of the Our Shared Future Opinion Leaders Network.

                          The videos on this website reflect the personal views of the participants. This project was made possible in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The British Council, the Carnegie Corporation and our partners bear no responsibility for the content of the interviews or the views expressed by participants in the 100 Questions About Islam project.

                          Content may not be rebroadcast or republished on any other channel or website without the consent of the British Council and UN Alliance of Civilizations. To request consent, please contact Kara Hadge at kara.hadge@britishcouncil.org.

                          For more information on each of these programs, visit the following websites:

                          oursharedfuture.org
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                          journalism.missouri.edu/
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                          For biographies of the interviewees, visit this page: britishcouncil.org/new/society/belief-in-dialogue/our-shared-future/Our-Network/Our-Shared-Future-Opinion-Leaders-Network/.

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