Debate Video: Abdullah al Andalusi debating Patriotism at Oxford Union

Screen Shot 2013-11-28 at 01.31.41My Oxford Union have uploaded the video of the debate ‘This House is proud to be Patriotic’, that was held at the Oxford Union on 14th November 2013, Oxford University.

The Oxford Union is the world’s most prestigious debating society, with an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford. It has been established for 190 years, aiming to promote debate and discussion not just in Oxford University, but across the globe. The debates at the Union consequently are highly acclaimed, with many student debaters and speakers becoming UK, and world, politicians, thinkers and writers.

The debate featured a team of four invited speakers arguing for the motion, and four invited speakers arguing against the motion. MDI’s Abdullah al Andalusi was invited to speak against the motion. After the debate, there was a vote, with the motion ‘This House is proud to be Patriotic’ being defeated. A notable victory for the team arguing against Patriotism, and in doing so, affirming the rational understanding that all humans are of equal concern and equal brotherhood and sisterhood (which is the Islamic view).

The debate has been uploaded in eight 7-10 video segments. Abdullah al Andalusi is the 6th speaker (and 6th video below), if you wish to jump straight to his contribution, then please see Varun Sivaram’s video below (first video), and Jonathan’s (fifth video)  since some of Abdullah’s refutations were directed towards Varun and Jonathan Freedland.

Oxford Union Debate – ‘This House is proud to be Patriotic’

VARUN SIVARAM – First speaker FOR Patriotism

A Rhodes Scholar and former Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Los Angeles.

MATTHEW HANDLEY – First speaker Against Patriotism

Studies History at Oxford University and is a mentor for the Debate Mate programme.

SIMON BLACKABY – Second speaker FOR Patriotism

Supporter of Conservative Party, and Student at Oxford University

EDIE FRIEDMAN – Second speaker AGAINST Patriotism

Founder and Executive Director of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality.

JONATHAN FREEDLAND – Third speaker FOR Patriotism

A British journalist, who writes a weekly column for The Guardian and a monthly piece for The Jewish Chronicle. He is also a regular contributor to The New York Times and The New York Review of Books, and presents BBC Radio 4’s contemporary history series, The Long View.

ABDULLAH AL ANDALUSI – Third speaker AGAINST Patriotism

An international speaker, thinker and intellectual activist for Islam and Muslim affairs. His work involves explaining and demonstrating, by rational argument, the intellectual proofs for the Islamic belief system, and promoting the Islamic way of life and Islamic solutions for contemporary problems.

BILL CASH – Fourth speaker FOR Patriotism

William Nigel Paul Cash is a British Conservative politician and Member of Parliament for the constituency of Stone, UK.

PETER TATCHELL – Fourth speaker AGAINST Patriotism

A Australian-born British political campaigner  and international human rights advocate.

Categories: DEBATES, Nationalism & Patriotism


5 replies

  1. The video is private. 😦


  2. The lessons of humanity are taught not by nationalism. Thus I am not patriotic. I believe in Humanity. Why should I hate people of other country whom I don’t know personally and never met them. Just because of somebody’s nationality we shouldn’t hate them. May be their Political leaders has inflicted harm upon me or my people and persecuted us but that doesn’t give legitimate reason to hate the people. There are many good and compassionate people around the globe. Wherever we should go we should do good to people around us. Just because am Indian doesn’t mean that if I go to Pakistan someday I will harm few people out there. No Never!!I believe one should be human first. We should do no harm to our fellow human beings. Few Political leaders of the past drew lines on the earth that ultimately became borders which separated us from our brothers for their own gain and political interest and are now telling us to hate the other side just because they have different Flag and constitution.Fools are they who follow their political leaders and take pride of their nation. Moreover, national identity should not necessarily mean support to the State in every matter, even if it goes against the principles of justice and humanity. Citizens must try to stop their governments from indulging in violent struggles against other countries.



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