Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Parsing Tariq Ramadan
I think this is a fairly important article in the current New Republic, if more than a little lengthy. Paul Berman, writer in residence at New York University, scans the works of Tariq Ramadan, a Muislim scholar who has become prominent in Europe and has just had features about him in the New York Times Magazine and the New York Review of Books. He casts himself as a bridge between Western and Islamic cultures, but Berman makes a pretty persuasive case that while he renounces violence he still provides an underpinning for a fairly radical version of Islamism.