One of the foremost voices of reformist Islam in the West tackles Islamic jurists whose rulings make Islam seem incompatible with modern, advanced democratic societies. Ramadan argues that Western Muslims need to find theoretical and practical solutions to remain faithful to Islamic ethics while fully living within their societies and their time. He believes that knowledge derived from the hard and human sciences, cultures and their geographic and historical contingencies, should be placed on an equal footing with the scriptures as a source of Islamic law. His radical proposals and the conclusions to which it leads him will provoke discussion and controversy.
Tariq Ramadan (13mins / 13MB)
Islamic Ethics and Liberation
13 May 2009
Through his writings and lectures Tariq Ramadan has contributed substantially to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world. He is active both at the academic and grassroots levels lecturing extensively throughout the world on social justice and dialogue between civilisations. He is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford, visiting Professor at Erasmus University, and President of the European think tank European Muslim Network. His latest book is Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation.
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