Tariq Ramadan: Muslims and the West

In 2004, the Bush administration barred prominent Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan from entering the United States, accusing him of giving money to a charity that funds terrorists. For the last six years, Ramadan has been fighting the ban, saying the charity was not on any terrorist watch lists at the time and he was unaware of any ties to terrorists. The Obama administration lifted the restrictions against Ramadan in January, and last week he made his first visit to the US since the ban was reversed. Watch excerpts from his April 12 address at Georgetown University and his conversation with journalists, including Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly managing editor Kim Lawton. Ramadan discusses fear of the religious “other” and the need for policies that foster a better understanding of Islam, US relations with the Islamic world in the wake of President Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo, and the new visibility of Islam in the West and current debates in Europe over whether to ban the burqa, the niqab, and other Islamic garments.

  • Gary Smith

    Tariq Ramadan is a very noble scholar who understands the problems of Muslims living in the West. Let us hope he keeps going despite many attempts to undermine this man. I agree with him on the banning of niqab’s and the like. This is more of an political issue than security based.

  • amel

    That the West is afraid of moderate Islam and not afraid of radical Islam that Islam is based on a real fraternity, cooperation and compassion and coexistence with all people despite ethnic Achtlvathm Aldnip and that Islam is based on scientific facts that do not vary from reason and logic

  • Daniel Jonas

    Tariq Ramadan’s chronic dependency on euphemism and platitudinal dialectics does not help Muslims in the West or westerners with a genuine interest in understanding Islam.. Ramadan’s controversial appointment at Oxford was an attempt to substitute real scholarship with unskilled rhetoric, something the University of Oxford should never have accepted, under any circumstance. The continuing damage to the University of Oxford is incalculable.