WATCH: 'I Think People Single Out Islam,' Says Jon Stewart

Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali spars with Jon Stewart over the need for reformation within Islam and whether or not Islam is 'different' from other major religions.

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Jon Stewart interviews author Ayaan Hirsi Ali about her new book, March 24, 2015.Credit: Screen grab

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Stewart: Welcome back. My guest is 'New York Times' best selling author whose new book is called 'Heretic: Why Islam Needs Reformation Now.' Please welcome to the program Ayann Hirsi Ali.

My first question would be why does Islam need a reformation now?

Ali: Because unfortunately too many people are dying in the name of Islam, too many women live under oppressio, too many Jews are being demonized for it, too many gays are being killed in the name of Islam, too many Christians are being killed in the name of Islam. I think it really has, the answer is to have the reformation now.

Stewart: But, if I am remembering the reformation correctly, and it has been awhile, aren't we having that now? The reformation was Martin Luther wanted a purer form of Christianity and so when he put that up there; it created a hundred years of violence and mayhem. Isn't that the process that we are going through right now?

Ali: It is the process that we are going through right now, it’s the process that I describe in the book, that you know, talk of reformation in Islam has been under the way for a while. And what's interesting about now is yes, there is a great deal of violence in the name of Islam, but there is an emerging and incredibly important minority of reformers who are risking their lives trying to get this change done and I stand with them. I hope you stand with them.

Stewart: Right. Well, no, I mean, I guess my point is, I think people single out Islam as though there is something inherently wrong with it that wasn't wrong with other religions. And so I guess my point is if Christianity went through almost the exact same process, people who thought they knew better and were purer and that created violence and so why, I get the sense that you think Islam is different than other religions.