…and debate with them in ways that are best.

The Qur’an, Chapter 16, Verse 125

‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ is the Islamic Education and Research Academy’s official debating platform, aimed at bringing together experts from a wide spectrum of religious, political and academic backgrounds to discuss the most pressing issues affecting the Muslim and wider non-Muslim community.’

GUEST CHAIRPERSONS

Lauren Booth

Lauren Booth

Lauren Booth is the sister-in-law of the former British prime minister Tony Blair. She is a broadcaster, journalist and pro-Palestine activist. Lauren has previously worked for the News Statesman, the Mail on Sunday, Press TV and Al Jazeera. Currently, she works as a freelance writer and media consultant. In 2012, she co-founded the UK charity Peace Trail.

Yvonne Ridley

Yvonne Ridley

Yvonne Ridley is a British journalist, war correspondent and Respect Party activist. She is best known for her capture by the Taliban and subsequent conversion to Islam. After her release, Yvonne became an ardent critic of the Western media’s portrayal of the War on Terror. She has worked for numerous British national newspapers, as well as Islam Channel and Press TV. Yvonne is currently the director of the TV production company First Witness.

Sajid Varda

Sajid Varda

Sajid Varda is a comedy writer, producer, actor and broadcaster. He has worked in the entertainment industry from a young age, having been cast in lead roles for both drama and comedy on British Television, including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. For almost 10 years, he has hosted and produced a light entertainment chat show on Islam Channel, which is televised in over 135 countries worldwide.

Peter Oborne

Peter Oborne

Peter Oborne is the associate editor of The Spectator magazine, and the former chief political commentator at The Daily Telegraph. He resigned from The Daily Telegraph in February 2015, citing interference in editorial decisions from powerful advertisers with the newspaper as part of a decline in standards. Peter is also a regular contributor for The Guardian and the Middle East Eye.

PANELLISTS

 Dr Taj Hargey

Dr Taj Hargey

Muslim Edu. Centre of Oxford
Tom Holland

Tom Holland

Historian
Safaruk Chowdhury

Safaruk Chowdhury

Theologian
Theo Hobson

Theo Hobson

Journalist and theologian
Moazzam Begg

Moazzam Begg

CAGE
Hamza Tzortzis

Hamza Tzortzis

Islamic Education and Research Academy
Abdullah Al Andalusi

Abdullah Al Andalusi

Muslim Debate Initiative
Zara Faris

Zara Faris

Muslim Debate Initiative
Dr Anas Altikriti

Dr Anas Altikriti

Cordoba Foundation
Reverend Frank Gelli

Reverend Frank Gelli

Blogger and Activist
Dan Hodges

Dan Hodges

The Telegraph
Professor Peter Cave

Professor Peter Cave

British Humanist Association
Andre Walker

Andre Walker

Breitbart London
Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell Foundation
Fiyaz Mughal

Fiyaz Mughal

Tell MAMA & Faith Matters
 Mohammed Amin

Mohammed Amin

Conservative Muslim Forum

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