‘The West and the Future of Islam’, a debate hosted in London by the Centre for Social Cohesion, brought together two prominent speakers on Islam. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a self-declared Muslim apostate and former Dutch MP, and Ed Husain, a former member of the radical group Hizb ut-Tahrir and author of the best-selling book The Islamist, went head
to head discussing the compatibility of Islam and Western values.
Advocating an Islamic ‘renaissance’, Ed Husain argues that pluralist Islamic heritage can be reinterpreted to meet the challenges of the modern world. In response, Ayaan Hirsi
Ali argues that Islam as a principle and body of ideas is opposed to the ‘Enlightenment’ values of the West.This event took place in Westminster, London on 20 November 2007.