The Battle for Islam: a BBC Newsnight special, tonight!

Anyone who gets the BBC News on cable may want to check out this interesting program special tonight:

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NEWSNIGHT – WEDNESDAY 25 JULY 22:30 BST – BBC TWO

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THE BATTLE FOR ISLAM: A NEWSNIGHT SPECIAL

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Tonight on Newsnight we’re devoting the whole programme to exploring the struggle within Islam. Has the lack of any over-arching religious figure led to a schism between Sunni and Shia; to the rise of political Islam; and, ultimately, to an increase in the number of extremists willing to kill in the name of their religion?

Is there a crisis intrinsic to the Muslim faith? And, if so, does Islam need its own Reformation?

Or is the crisis a response to Western governments’ attempts to influence, or even control, Muslim-majority nations? Should the USA be promoting, or trying to impose, democracy? And when democracy produces results that Western nations may consider “unsavoury” – what should their response be?

Gavin will be joined by guests including the former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the leading Islamic scholar Reza Aslan, and from Lebanon by the radical cleric Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed who is banned from returning to the UK.

Let us know what you think by clicking here.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/newsnight/2007/07/the_battle_for_islam_a_newsnight_special.html

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