Hardly a day goes by without mention of Islam. And yet, for most people, and in much of the world, Islam remains a little-known religion. Whether the issue is violence, terrorism, women’s rights or slavery, Muslims are today expected to provide answers and to justify what Islam is – or is not. But little opportunity exists, either in the media or in society as a whole, to describe Islam: precisely the question that Tariq Ramadan sets out to answer. He offers an introduction to Islam, to its spirituality, its principles, its rituals, its diversity and its evolution.
In conversation with Julian Baggini.