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Asfari Forum: Perspectives on Islam and Democracy

19 April 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Chatham House, London


Sheikh Rached Ghannouchi, Head, Ennahda Party, Tunisia
Dr Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, Egyptian Presidential Candidate (2011–12)
Elif Shafak, Turkish Political Commentator
Chair: Dr Robin Niblett CMG, Director, Chatham House



There has been much debate around the role both democracy and Islam can play in providing governing principles for Muslim-majority countries. Have such countries moved beyond the question of the compatibility of religion with democracy? Can faith-based parties become inclusive political parties? How are democratic principles now being enacted in response to events in the Middle East, the nearby region and internationally since 2011?

The annual Asfari Forum, jointly hosted by Chatham House and the Asfari Foundation, convenes experts, policy makers and civil society practitioners to encourage better understanding and dialogue of, and engagement with, key issues related to the development of a strong civil society in the Middle East region.

This event will be followed by a reception.