Ramadan Profile

tariqramadan.jpgSwiss scholar Tariq Ramadan’s new book, In the Footsteps of the Prophet, came out in the United States a couple of weeks ago. I haven’t seen any reviews yet, but Ian Buruma profiled him for the New York Times Sunday magazine, and now Steve Paulson of WPR has an interview with him in Salon. I find Tariq Ramadan somewhat interesting, but not very convincing–his discourse is far too focused on religion (understandable, given his background) and he hardly ever mentions economic or social factors when he discusses the geographical region that falls loosely under the tag of ‘Islam.’ In some way, I think he contributes to an essentialist view of the region, to the same extent that Ayaan Hirsi Ali does, even though her views are diametrically opposed to his. Still, I will be very curious to check out his new book.

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