Is there one Islam?

Islamic interpretations have evolved throughout the centuries, often reflecting broader societal, political, national and international developments.  Many Muslims feel that those who commit acts of violence in the name of Islam misunderstand the religion, or selectively ignore inconvenient verses from the Quran.

The panel brought together two distinguished speakers, Prof. Ramadan and Mr. Ed Husain, who discussed some fundamental questions concerning contemporary Islam: Is there a 'right' interpretation of Islam?  Who decides which interpretations are authentic and which transgress the boundaries of orthodoxy?  Is Islamic political thought flexible enough to provide substantive solutions to the needs of the various adherents all over the world?  Or is the complete separation of religious authority and the state, restricting religion to the private sphere alone, the only solution to the current quagmire?



 TARIQ RAMADAN, Research Fellow of St Antony's College

 ED HUSAIN, senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations