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Ed Husain: Islam in the free world

More than 1.6 billion people adhere to Islam today. Discover the daily reality of Muslims around the world and what it means for the West.

Hosted by Fauziah Ibrahim.

In the Utzon Room

The House of Islam should be compulsory reading.”

Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads

Enter the house of Islam

In the West, Islam is often reduced to fear-ridden cliches: sensational headlines and inflammatory comments spark hostility, while the actual lives of contemporary Muslims are ignored.

Self-proclaimed former Islamist radical Ed Husain rejected extremism as a young man, and now advises governments and leaders on how to deal with radicalisation in their communities. He draws back the curtain on the faith that is often misunderstood by outsiders, to reveal insights into the history and the many cultures of the Muslim world.

This is Islam 101 — free of stereotypes. Move beyond media-sponsored distrust to learn about worship, ethics and the pluralities of a diverse faith. Husain explores the challenges for contemporary Muslims and the West, asking: what does it mean to coexist in a free world?

More about Ed Husain...

Ed Husain is a British-born author and a senior fellow who is currently based in New York City. In his bestselling book The Islamist he explores the widening relationship between Islam and the West.

He speaks extensively on international threats from extremism and terrorism, having rejected extremism himself at a young age. Ed founded the world's first counter-extremism think tank, Quilliam, in 2008, and has advised government leaders and policymakers around the world. His latest book, The House of Islam: A Global History, was published in 2018.

Hosted by Fauziah Ibrahim

Fauziah Ibrahim is a broadcast journalist with over fifteen years of experience working with international media including Al Jazeera, CNBC and the BBC. She is currently a presenter on ABC News TV and the host of Sunday Extra on Radio National.

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