"Speak now or forever hold your peace in pieces."
This is the transcript of the debate I (and my team) won at the Oxford Union on Thursday 23rd of May, 2014, opposing the motion: “This House Believes Islam Is Incompatible with Gender Equality”
Final results: 166 opposition, 51 proposition
Ladies and gentleman, I’m here with you this evening to oppose this motion because I believe my faith, Islam, is underpinned by a core principle of justice, which necessarily implies the full equality of men and women. Moreover I urge you to think carefully about the infantilising and frankly patronising implications of suggesting that Muslim women just don’t really know what’s good for them.
But the significance of this topic and your recognition that it is entirely legitimate and coherent to be both a Muslim, a practitioner of Islam, and to believe the faith is not only compatible with gender equality, but fundamentally demands it, is far bigger than my…
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