(Cape Town, South Africa, 1959) is a Muslim-theologian, presently attached to the Xavier University in Ohio where he holds an Endowed Chair in Ethics, Religion and Society. He grew up in South Africa in great poverty in a Muslim single parent family, an experience that has had great influence on his vision of the world. He received a grant to study at a madrassa in Karachi in Pakistan, took his doctoral degree in Birmingham and followed a
postdoctoral program in Germany. Esack lectured at the University of the Western Cape, Hamburg and at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. In 1997 he was appointed by Nelson Mandela as Commissioner for Gender Equality. Esack is the author of Qur'an, Liberation & Pluralism (1996), On Being a Muslim: Finding a Religious Path in the World Today (1999) and An Introduction to the Qur'an (2002).
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Five panel members, chaired by publicist Michaël Zeeman, discuss the situation of mutual distrust between East and West. From where does this distrust arise? Are the anti Western sentiments that are now felt, specifically of these times, or do they go much further back in history? How does the Eurpean Islam evolve?
Including Tariq Ramadan, philosopher, now living in Switzerland, author of To be a European Muslim, who enjoys a great deal of support amongst young Muslims living in the French suburbs; Paul Scheffer, professor in the field of urban issues and publicist in the field of multicultural society in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe; the Malaysian writer, poet and editor Eddin Khoo; Farid Esack, Muslim scientist from South Africa and former apartheid fighter, and Olivier Roy from France, an expert on the Islam and author of the recently published book The globalisation of the Islam.
The afternoon will be openend with an introduction by Michaël Zeeman, and finishes with a discussion amongst the audience.
On these pages, you can listen to the first or second part of the debate.