In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, democratic change and Islam have become increasingly important subjects for debate. To mark the BBC’s Democracy Day, this live debate – held in the BBC’s Radio Theatre in London – features guests including Professor Tariq Ramadan, Heba Raouf Ezzat from Cairo University and Kuwaiti artist and poet Shurooq Amin. Shaimaa Khalil, who will chair the discussion and takes questions from the audience and social media.
2015 will see a range of events across the UK commemorating the 750th anniversary of the first Westminster parliament and 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta. These landmark moments underpinned the establishment of parliamentary democracy and the legal system in the UK and around the world.
As part of the celebrations the BBC, in collaboration with the House of Commons and the House of Lords, is organising and broadcasting Democracy Day on Tuesday, January 20.
Democracy Day will look at democracy past and present and encourage a debate about the future of democracy.