Friday, September 01, 2006

Tariq Ramadan: The Muslim Martin Luther?
Being holed up in front of a computer, mostly pretending to do work can have its advantages; although joining Facebook might not be one of them. Fortunately I've just come across a few articles about Tariq Ramadan who has been hailed by many to be the most important figure in modern Islamic thought, which explains why he was deported from the U.S. where he was a professor! (You can find his response to being kicked out of the US here.) He also happens to be the grandson of the founder of The Muslim Brotherhood, check out his complete profile here. There's also an interview of his in the Salon, very interesting so do check it out.
He might be old news to some, but sadly there aren't many people around who are engaged in an intellectual dialogue over the future course of Islamic thought, and even fewer who offer something new to the debate.
Peace

4 comments:

NB said...

Great post dude. And sincerley thanks for formatting it, it made me happy.

NB said...

Dude. I had heard about this guy but never read about him. Im definitley going to read his books now.

Alien Panda said...

Im glad to be of service NB.
Just received an email from someone 'in the know'. The person, wishing to be anonymous, informs me that while they greatly admire him a lot of what he says can in fact be contradictory. I'm going to edit the post and add a link that critiques his work.

Another clarification is that I personally do not think that he's teh Muslim Martin Luther, its a quote from a Washington Post piece; as it is such comparisons are not helpful, and one should be wary of getting carried away.
My reason for bringing him up at all is that there's pretty much no one else constructively critiquing 'modern' Islam. Sadly historians such as Maxime Rodinson, Karen Armstrong and Bernard Lewis are discarded as being Orientalists, or simply because they're white and non-Muslims by much of Islam.

Alien Panda said...

ok so I can't edit the post so here's the link which highlights contradictions in tarq ramadan's work:

http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=ia&ID=IA26606

Peace