The debate at the Oxford Union was started by Matthew Handley, who presents the context and highlights the standards for the arguments, outlining the core of the topic with ‘Does Islam contain what
prevents it from being a peaceful religion?’
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Six speakers presented their arguments, three of them for and the other three against the peaceful nature of Islam. Concluding the debate that was held on 28 February 2013, the house voted “Islam is a religion of peace.”
Below are selections from the debate.