Tariq Ramadan Working to Reconcile Islam and Europe

October 4, 2005

Source: The Guardian


On October 4, 2005 The Guardian reported, "This week, [Tariq Ramadan] takes up a position as visiting professor at St Antony's College, Oxford. But he's also been accused of anti-semitism, having links to terrorists and preaching different messages according to his audience. After the debate, with the muffled sounds of conference parties in the background, Ramadan describes the 20 years he has spent on his project to promote the idea of a compatible European-Muslim identity... In Oxford, he hopes to take his ideas a step further. He plans to work on a book that will reconcile the fundamentals of Islam and Europe. He sees it as his toughest challenge yet. 'We need a new understanding and a new presentation of the fundamentals. And I will teach, though as much I hope to learn from, Oxford's students.'"