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Islam and democracy: What’s the problem? – UpFront

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 Center 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

Editor’s note: We apologise to our viewers for the technical issues with Mona Eltahawy’s connection.

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