(Switserland, 1962) was put forward by Time Magazine tobe included on a list of 100 people that were judged to become important innovators for the 21th century. Ramadan has written more than twenty books, the most recent ones being To be a European Muslim and Western Muslims and the Future of Islam. Ramadan is controversial. Some people look upon him as a bridge builder between East and West, but others see him as a dangerous preacher who incites young muslims form the French suburbs to embrace fundamentalism. He denies these allegations vehemently. However, the fact that his grandfather was the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood and that he does not categorically condemn the stoning of women, but merely pleads for a moratorium does not help his cause. Recently he was refused a visa for the United States.
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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.