Professor Tariq Ramadan (b. 1962 in Geneva), one of the most influential intellectual leaders within the Muslim world, speaks here about the crucial differences between Eastern and Western interpretations of Islam. At present he is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and President of the European Muslim Network.
In the past, the Islamic thinker and activist has argued that the challenge today is to make Muslims understand [that] you don’t have to be less Muslim to be more European. You can be both.
Professor Ramadan has been a consistent critic of terrorism and those who use it. In October 2001, Professor Ramadan publicly deplored the September 11 attacks, saying to fellow Muslims, “Now more than ever we need to criticize some of our brothers . . . You are unjustified if you use the Koran to justify murder.”
The author of hundreds of articles, the Muslim scholar's books include Western Muslims and the Future of Islam (Oxford University Press, 2003), Islam, the West, and the Challenges of Modernity (The Islamic Foundation, 2000), To Be a European Muslim (The Islamic Foundation, 1998), and Jihad, Violence, War and Peace in Islam (in French only, Tawhid, 2002).
This lecture, which offers a simultaneous translation into Spanish, is part of the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, a four-day series of events held in the Moorish palaces of Granada. The festival focuses on Arab - European exchange. The Guardian Hay Festival is among the largest literary get-togethers in the English-speaking world.
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