Islamic Studies Program Hosts Tariq Ramadan Tonight

Posted: October 9, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dominick Rubino

The Islamic Studies Program hosts Tariq Ramadan, professor of Islamic sciences at Freibourg University, Switzerland, tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Harris Theatre. He will discuss some of the issues facing millions of Muslims living in Europe, a topic he addressed in his recently published book, To Be a European Muslim.

Identified as one of the names to watch in the next decade by Time magazine, Ramadan in his book answers questions related to Muslim integration in Europe culturally, politically, and legally.

He also shows in his study that it is possible to be a practicing Muslim in the multifaith culture of Europe. Ramadan is a leading advocate of Islamic reform in Europe–he encourages Muslims to take a less literal meaning from the Koran since the world has changed from the days in which the text was written. Ramadan does not deny his Muslim roots, as he is the grandson of Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic revival movement originating in Egypt. He is an advocate of an Islamic frame of mind in Europe that can work with the culture rather than be in opposition.

For more information on the event, contact Peter Mandaville at (703) 993-1054 or pmandavi@gmu.edu.

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