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Conversations with History – Tariq Ramadan



Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Oxford University Professor Tariq Ramadan for a discussion of his new book, “What I Believe.” Reflecting on the formative experiences of his life, Professor Ramadan traces the influence of his family, his education in Western philosophy and Islamic studies, and the impact of his different careers including high school principal, philosopher, and Islamic scholar. He explains what it means to be a religious reformer and characterizes his work as a bridge builder between the Islamic world and the West. Articulating his commitment to universal principles and resistance to inequality, Ramadan analyzes the tensions facing Muslims in an era of globalization as they strive to be fully engaged as citizens committed to Western values. Professor Ramadan also discusses his perspective on women’s rights and the controversy over the building of a mosque near the World Trade Center.

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  • @CaptainSandyHook We Americans not only talk about rights of people in other countries, we also intervene and legitimize the use of violence in the name of lets say Iraqi rights, Afghani rights and so on!

    It's perfectly normal that others talk about American rights. I think that's part of the global conversation.

  • He can talk about American rights all he wants, but his basic tenets are opposed to American rights and the constitution. One example should suffice. Islamic jurisprudence denies a defendent the right to counsel, and the right to a trial by jury. 

  • @TheEparanor If you have watched his interviews, how can you say whether he is wise or not. Read his books, if you're open minded, and just don't make assumptions about someone you barely know. Most of the interviews, or debates he appeared in, people try to attack him, without even managing to understand the sense of his beliefs and ideas. Truth hurts, and so many people don't like him because he has the guts to – at least – create conversations about things that could make the world better.

  • why should he have to explain all those things? …
    that was pathetic comment coming from a frustrated intolerant prick who can't accept the fact that intelligent well-spoken muslims exist after a lifetime of jerking off to fox news.

    oh and recent POLES state that 40% of muslims support the principles of "al queda"? what poles might have this been? polish people or solid cylindrical objects? see what i did there?

    why not just come out and say you're an intolerant fuck and be proud of it?

  • I consider very important that people can listen when they have to listen and that they speak when they have to speak. The presentator is respecful and let him speak. This is an example of intelligence. Ramadan's Life is a very interesting one, because he has had to conciliate two very different cultures of which they is part of
    

  • I like the way Mr. Ramadan is representing religion, as it is a personal experience rather than an instrument used by sheikhs, priests and rabbis … on the point of stoning adulterers it is important to know that Qur'an itself did not tell to stone them .. the punishment is defined to be 100 lashes, in case it was revealed to people … but in 99.99999999 % of the cases it is not public and it is almost impossible for 4 people to witness such act and testify, so in most cases God tells those who sinned to ask him for forgiveness and to reform their acts

  • He is engaging in Takiyya; that is using deception as diplomacy.  No Muslim has any credibility, regardless of where he works or how many degrees he has.  The Koran not only condones but encourages Muslims to hold out promises to the infidels only to deceive them.  Then they are instructed to wait in ambush to destroy them.

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