Muslim moderate?

Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan
In 2004 soft-spoken Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan made Time magazine’s list of the world’s top intellectuals; Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies offered him a position on its faculty; the Department of Homeland Security, acting on U.S. intelligence, revoked his visa to teach in the U.S.; and scholars like Daniel Pipes (director of the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia) and Gilles Kepel (professor at the Institute for Policy Studies) waved red flags.

Ramadan, who has taught European philosophy and Islamic studies in Switzerland, is something of a European media star who cuts his own path with a vision of an Islam integrated into European pluralism. But Pipes, claiming Ramadan has links to terrorists, says, “We don’t need him in this country.” Others, such as Kepel, don’t go that far, but do express reservations about Ramadan’s aims.


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