On November 16, 2013, The Richmond Forum brought together three noted voices on Islam to tackle the question: Is Islam a religion of violence or peace? Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim and the author of Infidel, speaks and writes widely about what she believes is the inherently violent nature of Islam and its subjugation and abuse of women. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, an American Muslim spiritual leader, acclaimed author, and one of the most influential Muslim voices of moderation, holds the position that Islam is a bedrock of tolerance. Maajid Nawaz, a former Islamic extremist and the author of Radical, spent four years in an Egyptian prison and today works to challenge extremism and promote democracy in the Muslim world. The program is moderated by John Donvan.
The Richmond Forum program is followed by a discussion between three interfaith leaders from Richmond: Imam Ammar Amonette, Rabbi Ben Romer, and the Rev. Bill Sachs.