Sopore-born Ex-US Official Debates Islam in New York



Farah Pandith
Farah Pandith

A combustible debate took place last week in the United States about the status of women in Islam. The discussion was moderate d by Journalist Barkha Dutt and among the panellists was Kashmir born, Farah Pandith – a former State Department official who is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Pandith spoke eloquently during the debate where another panellist hurled sling and arrows against the doctrine of Islamic religion.

Pandith agreed there was a great diversity in Islam, saying the religion is “not a monolith.”

The debate has become a rage across the social media and even earned lakhs of hits on the YouTube.

“When you travel and talk to Muslim youth, you hear many different voices about what it means to be a woman. Muslim millennial does not want to be pigeonholed as one thing. It is important that this audience understands and respects diversity for Islam,” she stressed.

“There are a billion Muslims under the age of 30… and for them it is critical we don’t politicize their population.”

Pandith said many young Muslim women and men are pushing back against the ideology of the “Islamic State” and other “non-state actors” who are using the name of Islam “to manipulate religion.”


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