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Tariq Ramadan: A Muslim Intellectual
12:00:00 AM Thursday Nov 27, 2003



found on Time Magazine online
proposed by e.jamal from Paris, edited by Adnane (Raioo)

Trying to Bridge A Great Divide
By NICHOLAS LE QUESNE

Tariq Ramadan has the measured delivery of an academic, which is no more than you would expect from a man who used to be a high school principal and wrote his doctoral thesis on Nietzsche. But as the leading Islamic thinker among Europe's second- and third-generation Muslim immigrants, the Geneva-based university lecturer also inspires a good deal of mistrust from both Arab Muslims for his Western sensibility and Westerners for his controversial Islamic roots. Ramadan, 38, is the grandson of Hassan al-Banna, founder, in 1928, of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic revival movement that spread from Egypt throughout the Arab world, criticizing Western decadence and advocating a return to Muslim values. Yet Ramadan says, "I'm a European who has grown up here. I don't deny my Muslim roots, but I don't vilify Europe either."

Ramadan's chosen task is to invent an independent European Islam: "We need to separate Islamic principles from their cultures of origin and anchor them in the cultural reality of Western Europe." With 15 million Muslims on the Continent, Ramadan believes it's time to abandon the dichotomy in Muslim thought that has defined Islam in opposition to the West. "I can incorporate everything that's not opposed to my religion into my identity," he says, "and that's a revolution."

Europe's Muslims are the product of immigration in the postwar years, when workers were recruited from Turkey, North Africa and the Indian subcontinent to meet the war-shattered Continent's manpower needs. While the first generation jealously guarded their cultural links with their homeland, their children and grandchildren have often felt torn between two cultures. "What I'm saying is, be proud of who you are," says Ramadan. "We've got to get away from the idea that scholars in the Islamic world can do our thinking for us. We need to start thinking for ourselves."

That means making European mosques independent of foreign funding and influence. It also means rereading the founding texts and producing a body of Islamic thought in European languages. Ramadan's recent book, To Be a European Muslim, was written in English; editions in German, Italian and Dutch are all forthcoming. And Ramadan's message isn't intended for Muslims alone. "The real question is about spirituality," he says. "If the presence of Muslims leads Europeans to think about who they are and what they believe in, that has to be positive." Thanks partly to Ramadan, Islam is on its way to becoming an integral part of Europe's religious landscape.


Tariq Ramadan is subjected to a furious propaganda, here in France. He's accused of anti-Semitism. Are you receiving some echoes of that there in the US? I went to one of his meetings in the suburb of Paris, all I heard was a message of peace. What do you think about Tariq Ramadan?

Related Links:

ENTRE ING?RENCES ETRANG?RES ET LOGIQUES S?CURITAIRES: Les musulmans d?Europe pris en tenaille

Tariq Ramadan accus? d'antis?mitisme

An online column by Tariq Ramadan

UNE ALTERMONDIALISATION EGALITAIRE, FEMINISTE ET LA?QUE EST-ELLE POSSIBLE AVEC TARIQ RAMADAN ?

Tariq Ramadan: Le Forum Social Europ?en a choisi son camp

Tariq Ramadan: The Muslim Martin Luther?

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1:59 pm    December 19, 2004

Adnane Ben. message
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Aired: Friday, December 17, 2004 7-8PM ET

http://www.onpointradio.org/shows/2004/12/20041217_a_main.asp

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5:48 am    November 29, 2003

abdelilah message
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The point that you mentioned Iceman regarding experience in political debates is very important but one should ask why do parties with an islamic paradigm lack mostly experience in rhetoric? I think the answer might be searched in two corners: al fiqh assiyassi is still very weak especially in the Sunni world, those parties were marginalized and were not allowed to participate in the public debate.
If you want someone who is sneaky in debates just listen to Hassan Turabi.
Tariq Ramadan is very open minded and he does not want to impose Shari3a. He comes from a shari3a paradigm (normal bro cause we are Muslims) but the matter of the public management of Islam is left to society through voting.
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3:11 pm    November 28, 2003

Yaz Lagouzi (Negotiator) message
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This is not the First Time that I see, People talking about stoning to death, and they ONLY mention stoning women to death..., witch makes it look like Only women should get stoned according to hcari3a , witch is not the case, Men too.
This applies only in Case of adultry not fornication.

Sorry this kind of out of the Subject but...

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1:09 pm    November 28, 2003
Iceman
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Tariq Ramadan has large following in the ghettos,but he certainly don't speak for all muslims in Europe.Beside anti-simiism,he's controversial on other issues,he think muslim women should wear the hijab in government offices and etc.He try to portray himself as a moderate muslim,but he's an islamist,he make of Islam an ideology.His grand father was the founder of Muslim Brotherhood,now banned in Egypt.And his brother was fired from his teaching job because he supporst stoning to death of women according to Chari3a .And just last Saturday he (Tariq Ramadan) had a telivised debate with french interior minister Nicholas Sarkozy and he lost,because he couldn't answer straighforward questions.He was very ambigues on many issues. He even admitted that in an articles he wrote after the debate,he said it was tough for him because Sarkozy was very manupulative and experienced in political debate.The article in question is on oumma.com
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8:41 am    November 28, 2003

abdelilah message
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Thx for this good topic. I like Tarik Ramadan and I have met briefly his brother Hani Ramadan once in Switzerland and the other time in Montreal. If this renewal of religion with a respect to the core pillars of our deen tells us something, it mostly opens our hearts to the prophetic hadith to choose a pious spouse (takhayyarou li noutafikoum fa inna al 3irka dassass). So guys beware of Slaget.
I tend to resent this idea of a Muslim "Martin Luther" beacuse we are bombarded every time by semantic attacks from a legacy that is not ours (European Enlightenment) and then hastily forced by parrots in our culture on the public space of dialogue. If Christianity knew its schism, our revolution does not follow the same path because in Islam there is no church. Isn't it interesting to see Ramadan called "Luther" when his thesis was about Nietzsche considered heretical by most Christian theologists/dogmatists?
His controversy about antisemitism does not deserve our attention because that song of "You are not an antisemite so pay me" has become one the pop hits of the day.
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