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Islam and Democracy: What's the Problem?

Islam and Democracy: What's the Problem?

Tunisia's "Islamist" Ennahda party announced in 2016 that it was moving away from so-called "political Islam." The announcement was seen as a move to broaden its following by a party that has been labeled "moderate Islamist" for 30 years.

While the move was welcomed by many, others raise questions: Can Muslim-majority countries strike a balance between faith and democracy? Or, is there an irreconcilable tension between liberal values and Islamic beliefs?

In a special edition of "UpFront," recorded before Ennahda's announcement, Mehdi Hasan speaks to a panel of experts, analysts and activists about whether there can be a balance between Islamic and democratic values. 

Guests:

Mustafa Akyol, Turkish columnist and author of Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty. 

Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian-American writer, activist and author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution 

Soumaya Ghannoushi, British-Tunisian writer, commentator and member of Tunisia's Ennahda party. 

Shadi Hamid, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center for Middle East Policy and author of Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World. 

Husain Haqqani, former Pakistani ambassador to the US and author of Pakistan: Between Mosque And Military 

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Is #MeToo a West Only Movement?

A look at the #MeToo campaign, which has been criticized for excluding certain voices, is being received outside of the West. 

In 2006, the slogan #MeToo started as a movement by American activist Tarana Burke as a way to show solidarity with victims of sexual assault. That slogan went viral overnight in the wake of Hollywood's Harvey Weinstein scandal last October, which prompted women around the world to break a lot of the silence around sexual assault and harassment and began to share their stories, with more than 12 million posts on Facebook in just 24 hours.

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Steven Pinker: Is the World Actually Getting Better?

In this week's UpFront, Hassan challenges author and Harvard professor Steven Pinker on his new book, "Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress," in which he argues that data shows the world is becoming a better place.

And in the Arena, journalist Afua Hirsch and Claire Fox, author and director of the U.K.-based think-tank the Academy of Ideas, discuss racism in the United Kingdom, and the kind of conversations needed to address it. 

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