We hear endlessly in the media that European Muslims are failing to integrate; that they should stop wearing the burqa and building mosques with minarets; that like the rest of us, they must learn to tolerate insults to their religion however painful that may be. But isnâ€™t the boot really on the other foot?
By constantly criticising their traditions and beliefs and insisting they be more like the rest of us, arenâ€™t we breaching our own hallowed principle of live and let live? Far from Muslims failing to be good Europeans, isnâ€™t it Europe that is acting illiberally and giving a raw deal to its Muslim citizens?
Speakers for the motion:
Tariq Ramadan: Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University whose work concerns the position of Islam in the modern Western world
Petra Stienen: Dutch former diplomat with long experience in the Arab world
Speakers against the motion:
Douglas Murray: Author and Director of the Centre for Social Cohesion
Final speaker to be confirmed
Zeinab Badawi: BBC World News presenter
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