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.

3 comments:

BillT said...

"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."

Thanks for the link, by the way. This is the second front in the war against Totalitarian Islam. And an important one.

Alan Bock said...

Maybe the most important one. Funny how often people think a battle of ideas should be waged with arms and armies.

Asia k said...

you gotta check out Stephen Suleyman Schwartz's reaction to this article on jewcy.com . I can't link it because I've tried before, it gets cut off but its called
"whose afraid of Paul Berman?"