Friday, February 17, 2006

Tariq Ramadan – Reformist or Islamist?

By A. Dankowitz

Egyptian journalist Adel Guindy published a three-part series of articles in which he sought to enlighten the Arab public about Tariq Ramadan, one of the most popular propagators of Islam in Europe. The series, which appeared in the Egyptian Coptic weekly Watani and on reformist websites, presented important parts of the book Frère Tariq ("Brother Tariq") by Caroline Fourest, a French sociologist and journalist who deals with secularism and religious extremism. In the book, which was published in 2004, Fourest examines Ramadan's sophisticated message, pointing out that he conveys one message to a Muslim audience and a different message to the larger public, and that sometimes he is even capable of addressing both audiences simultaneously and conveying a different message to each.

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