A partial transcript of the question and answer session
My microphone also recorded the question and answer session. However, I am not publishing the full audio recording for several reasons:
While the sound quality of my responses is very clear, the questioners were some distance from the microphone. Accordingly, in many cases their questions are almost inaudible.
I respect the privacy of those asking the questions. I do not have their written consent to publish their recordings. In many cases, I do not even know who they were, so cannot seek permission.
I also do not have permission to publish the audio of the other speakers when they answered the question.
Instead, I have listened to the Q&A session and, where I regard the questions as being worth sharing, have written down a condensed version of the questions. I have then published the audio of just my own answers.
The way Islam is practiced is likely to have a significant impact on British public life. The type of Islam that seems predominant is the traditionalist form, such as Wahhabism, with more than 50% of mosques being Deobandi, rather than the critical thinking form put forward by the speakers. How do we address this?
Recording of my 90-second answer
How should Muslims engage with the text of the Quran? In Arabic or in English?
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