Mehdi Hasan spoke at the Oxford Union debate earlier this month, arguing for the motion that ‘Islam is a Peaceful Religion’, which passed 286 to 168.
Hasan spoke for approximately 13 minutes and demolished a number of enduring myths perpetrated by the ‘phobes and bigots’ who pursue Islamophobic agendas. You can watch the video below for the full speech.
Pluto has some excellent further reading to offer as well. Nathan Lean’s award-winning The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims (Pluto, 2012) can be purchased from our website for just £11.50 including free UK P&P. Just click on the cover image below.
“This concise, accessible and illuminating book meets one of the most urgent needs of our time. Lean has provided a compelling counter-narrative that reveals the vested interests and highly organized networks of those who preach the virulent Islamophobia that is not only endangering world peace but is also corroding the tolerance and egalitarian ethos that should characterize Western society. This book should be required reading.”
– Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God, Islam: A Short History and Muhammad
“Islamophobia is not only about ignorance and fear. Some people purposefully nurture it and use it as a political strategy. Nathan Lean’s The Islamophobia Industry shows what is happening behind the scenes. It is an essential book for anyone who wants to understand the rationale and objectives behind those who foster this new racism against Muslims.”
– Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University and author of The Quest for Meaning