Ramadan Rules: An Exception for Revolutions?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Last night, during the holy month of Ramadan, Libyan rebel forces flooded into the capital of Tripoli, battling with Col. Moammar Gadhafi loyalists and capturing two of Gadhafi's sons. Civilians were celebrating in the streets over what may be the end of Gadhafi's 42 years in power of Libya. Fighting during the holy month is considered particularly offensive. Are there exceptions for revolutions such as this one?

Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University, former Pakistan ambassador to the U.K., and author of "Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam," talks about the importance of the mosque to the popular uprising.

Guests:

Akbar Ahmed

Produced by:

Jaywon Choe

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"..in Iran where a secular, dictatorial, militaristic regime was replaced by an Islamic spirit of democracy that has of course had its problems over the last couple of decades"

After years as an ally during the Cold War and then the hostage crisis, Iran-Iraq War, terrorism and now a nuclear program, was Iran a greater menace to its people and the world under the Shah or the mullahs?

Aug. 22 2011 07:58 AM

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