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May 13, 2004

Tariq Ramadan

Interview with Swiss Muslim intellectual Tariq Ramadan. He said some good things about integration and normalization of Muslims in the West. All in all, he came off as sounding a lot like a moderate conservative Christian (that is, if you mapped the theological differences over).

Here is an earlier entry I made on Ramadan, which reflected the skepticism some have expressed toward his kinder & gentler Islam. The piece that I linked to in The American Prospect, after listening to Ramadan speak, does not I suspect reflect an anti-Muslim feeling as much as an anti-religious feeling. So in that way, Ramadan is good for Muslims in that he de-couples issues of ethnicity from Islam, enlightened secularism can now start blasting away without concern for issues of racial sensitivity.

Posted by razib at 12:38 PM