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The Arab World and the Muslims Faced with Their Contradictions

Ramadan Tariq

in Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195174304
Published online November 2007 |
The Arab World and the Muslims Faced with Their Contradictions

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Swiss-born professor of Islamic studies and philosophy, Muslim leader and activist, he taught at Fribourg University in Switzerland and at the University of Notre Dame. The revocation of his visa by the U.S. government, which then prevented him from taking up the distinguished Luce Professorship at Notre Dame, became an international issue. He is described by Time magazine as one of the one hundred most likely innovators of the twenty-first century and is the author of The Muslims in a Secular Environment, To Be a European Muslim, and Western Muslims and the Future of Islam.

The author is the grandson of Hasan al-Bann, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. In this selection, Ramadan laments the absence of freedom and the existence of entrenched dictatorships in the Arab world. He rejects the Arabs persistent attribution of their problems to Western imperialism and Zionism, though he acknowledges the sufferings Arabs have experienced at their hands. Critical thought is missing from Arab culture. For this situation he believes that politicians deserve at least an equal, if not the lions, share of the blame. Arabs and Muslims in general must develop a program informed by a vision, both of which must take account of globalization and the need for transnational alliances. Ramadan calls passionately on the Arabs and Muslims to cease caricaturing the West, and he notes the irony of their doing so while using Western ways and technology.

Chapter.  2900 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture ; Islam

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