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Episode 14

Sunday Morning Live, Series 4 Episode 14 of 20

Samira Ahmed discusses the ethical issues of the week with journalist and convert to Islam Yvonne Ridley, Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens, former Mujahideen fighter and now counter-terrorism researcher Usama Hasan, Professor Peter Neumann, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, columnist for the Independent Yasmin Alibhai Brown and blogger Tess Finch Lees.

A British Muslim woman is being pursued by Interpol after being linked with alleged terrorist activity in Kenya. Samantha Lewthwaite, who was married to one of the London 7/7 suicide bombers and has been dubbed the 'white widow', is described as 'dangerous'. British-born Muslims have also been involved in high profile terrorist activity in the UK. Sunday Morning Live asks: are Muslims doing enough to stop the radicalisation of young people?

There are 18 million families in the UK, but only 12 million married couples. The number of co-habiting couples has doubled in the past 15 years. Marriage levels have almost halved over the last three decades. There is a fierce political debate on the virtues of a tax break for married couples. So, is marriage a thing of the past?

Also on the programme, Rageh Omaar presents a special preview of his new landmark series for BBC Two, The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors. The Ottomans presided over an empire that encompassed huge swathes of European, Arab and north African lands and lasted for 600 years. Rageh reveals the conflicts between the Christian west and the Muslim east, and how the downfall of that empire still resonates to this day.

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Sun 6 Oct 2013 10:00

This week's panellists

Joining Samira Ahmed on this week’s panel are: journalist and convert to Islam Yvonne Ridley; Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens; former Mujahideen fighter and now counter-terrorism researcher Usama Hasan; and Professor Peter Neumann, director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. Samira is also joined by The Independent columnist Yasmin Alibhai Brown from our London studios. 

Are Muslims doing enough to stop radicalisation of young people?

British Muslims have fought in foreign conflicts  against the Soviets in Afghanistan, against the Serbs in Bosnia and against the Russians in Chechnya, and most recently against government forces in Syria.  

However, a different, more dangerous contingent has been reported joining Jihad groups like Al-Shabab who have claimed responsibility for the attack on the Westgate Mall in Kenya.  

Samantha Lewthwaite, a British convert to Islam - who has been dubbed the ‘white widow’ - is wanted by Kenyan authorities.  

British born Muslims have also been involved in high profile terrorist activity in the UK. 

Why are some young Muslims attracted by the idea of Jihad? That’s the focus of a special debate on Sunday Morning Live. And you can take part by voting on this question now online.

Is marriage a thing of the past?

There are 18 million families in the UK, but only 12 million married couples. The number of co-habiting couples has doubled in the past 15 years. Marriage levels have almost halved over the last three decades.


According to the Office of National Statistics - nearly half of the babies born in England and Wales were born outside a marriage.


There’s a fierce political  debate on the virtues of a tax break for married couples and the message that would send.  So is the traditional family an old fashioned concept and is marriage a thing of the past?

The Ottomans

The Ottomans: Europe’s Muslim Emperors is a landmark three-part series for BBC Two presented by journalist Rageh Omaar, which starts on Sunday.

In a special interview he talks to Sunday Morning Live about tracing the 600-year-old story of the Ottoman Empire that encompassed European, Arab and North African lands.  

Rageh reveals the conflicts between the Christian west and the Muslim east, and how the downfall of the empire still impacts our lives today.

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterSamira Ahmed
ParticipantYvonne Ridley
ParticipantPeter Hitchens
ParticipantUsama Hasan
ParticipantPeter Neumann
ParticipantYasmin Alibhai-Brown
ParticipantTess Finch Lees
Series EditorDave Stanford
ProducerKuljinder Khalia

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