Quilliam Directors Maajid Nawaz and Ed Husain met with Professor John Esposito, Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, Washington on 23rd September 2008, to discuss the relationship between those engaged in counter-extremism efforts and those on the centre-left of the political spectrum.


Views were exchanged about the anti-Islam sentiment prevalent amongst certain commentators on the right of the radicalization agenda, who fail to differentiate between Islam and Islamism. Views were also expressed about the need for Muslim voices specifically, and centre-left voices in general to criticize Islamism more vociferously so as to regain credibility as objective commentators when defending Islam against accusations of a tendency towards violence.