12 March 2010

Islam, Governance and Jihad: a video lecture

I've just discovered that the 6-part video of my one-hour lecture at Kings College London hosted by the Absoc Muslim student society has been posted on Youtube. All 6-parts are hosted here. And the first 10 minutes or so is embedded below:

The lecture is a comprehensive and detailed dissection of top-down, 'jihadist', interpretations of Islam particularly in relation to issues of governance, Shariah law, khilafah, inter-faith relations, relations with non-Muslims including polytheists and atheists, and ultimately the role of political violence, specifically the legitimacy and conduct of war. If you're expecting a nice quick easy and fun talk on jihad, this is not it. It's pretty academic. But if you want, in one-hour, to understand - with rigorous argument and consistent reference to historical and scriptural sources - Islam's perspective of all these issues, including an extended analysis and refutation of extremist interpretations, then give it a go.


  1. Is it okey to pray to a pedophile and a slave owner like "prophet" mohammed?
    Watch and read mohammed T-shirt art from Sweden at

  2. you might be taken more seriously if you learnt to spell.

  3. Muhammed was a pedophile and illiterate caravan driver who learned about Christianity and Judaism through his caravan travels. The Q'uran is plagiarized from Torah and Bible. Islam is a CULT that should be BANNED from civilization.

  4. It's a worrying shame that such illiterate and dangerously ignorant people are able to vote (if they can find the voting booth and remember their name...) in a Western Democracy.
    I'm embarrassed that all the efforts to create a tolerant, open and informed society have failed with specimens like this.

    Dr Ahmed, your speech is excellent, informed, articulate and highly interesting.
    Peace and understanding to you.


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