Sunday November 29, 2015
Is Islam a religion of peace?
more stories from this episode
- Maybe the organizers of the Munk Debates just don't know it's 2015? - Michael's essay
- Is Islam a religion of peace?
- The refugee crisis is Europe's moral obligation
- Do trigger warnings create a safe space for students, or coddle them? - a Frank Faulk documentary
- African women are on the frontlines of the fight against HIV/AIDS
- Full Episode
Since the appearance on the world stage of the Islamic State - also known as ISIS - a debate has been raging. One side claims that ISIS has nothing to do with Islam, while the other side argues that ISIS is an expression of a religion that is inherently violent - a "motherlode of bad ideas", to quote the best-selling author and philosopher Sam Harris.
Michael talks to Mohammed Fadel about whether ISIS represents a perversion of Islam, and why conflict in the Middle East gives rise to such extremism. Mr. Fadel is an associate professor at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law, with cross appointments to U of T's Departments of Religion, and of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. Professor Fadel is also Canada Research Chair for the Law and Economics of Islamic Law; he had a successful career as a lawyer in the United States, before turning his talents to academia.