The Thoughts of Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Bassam Tibi and Tariq Ramadan
Chapter 4: Tariq Ramadan, the European Muslim and a New ‘We’
Chapter 4 Tariq Ramadan, the European Muslim and a New ‘We’ Introduction Whereas Tibi argues for an Islamic reformation, the Muslim intellectual introduced in this chapter, Tariq Ramadan, also seeks to reform Islam, but with a different rationality. Like Tibi, Ramadan emphasizes the sig- nificance of rationality; the ideas of both focus on economic, political and social activities, not just religious ones, and, most importantly, they articulate the necessity for communication and critique of ideology in soci- ety. However, Tibi also tries to distance his ideas from those of Ramadan, whom he believes is going in the wrong direction. (This will be discussed in Chapter 5.) In this chapter, I shall examine and evaluate the thought of Ramadan in detail. This chapter consists of three parts. First, I will discuss Ramadan’s intellectual biography and the history and philosophy of Salafism, from which Ramadan draws his inspiration. Second, I will reconstruct Ramadan’s idea of the European Muslim as an overarching framework; then discuss the significant implications of being a European Muslim; and finally, examine Ramadan’s practical suggestions in (mainly) political and economic areas in order to articulate the tension between this idea as a framework and as an ideology. 140 Chapter 4 Intellectual Biography of Tariq S. Ramadan Born in Geneva in 1962, Tariq Said Ramadan, unlike other ordinary Swiss Muslims, has a well-known historical figure, Hasan al-Banna (1906–49), founder of the Society of Muslim Brothers1 in Egypt, as his maternal grandfather. His father, Sayid Ramadan (1926–95), who was...
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