With Brexit, the election of Trump in the US, and the rise of the far-right in Europe, Muslims are facing greater scrutiny than ever before. Throughout Europe and the US they are increasingly considered a fifth column. Globally, self-identified Muslims are often considered harbingers of regressive values that are antithetical to a secular project of progressive enlightenment. Western political and media attempts to expunge Islam and Muslims from the collective imaginary are both a reminder of the exclusionary practices that constitute a collective “we” and a confirmation of the ineluctable entanglements between the West and Islam, its age-old “Other.” Join us for an afternoon with Tariq Ramadan, Brinkley Messick, Katherine Pratt Ewing, and Hasan Azad as we look at the intimate interconnections among Muslims, Islam, and the West.
Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St Antony’s College) and also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology. He is Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, (Qatar) and the University of Malaysia Perlis; Senior Research Fellow at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) (Doha, Qatar).
He holds an MA in Philosophy and French literature and PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Geneva. In Cairo, Egypt he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic scholarship from Al-Azhar University scholars (ijazat in seven disciplines). Through his writings and lectures Tariq has contributed to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world. He is active at academic and grassroots levels lecturing extensively throughout the world on theology, ethics, social justice, ecology and interfaith as well intercultural dialogue. He is President of the European think tank: European Muslim Network (EMN) in Brussels. He is a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars and author of several books including: Islam and the Arab Awakening (2012); The Arab Awakening: Islam and the New Middle East Penguin (2012); The Quest for Meaning, Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism (2010).
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