Aspects of Life of Tariq Ramadan
He holds an MA in Philosophy and French literature and PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Geneva. In Cairo, Egypt he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic scholarship from Al-Azhar University scholars (ijazat teaching license in seven disciplines). Through his writings and lectures Tariq has contributed to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world. His research interests include the issues of Islamic legislation, politics, ethics, Sufism and the Islamic contemporary challenges in both the Muslim-majority countries and the West. He is active at both academic and grassroots levels, lecturing extensively throughout the world on theology, ethics, social justice, and interfaith as well as intercultural dialogue.
Yet, a frequent charge against Ramadan is that he says different things to different audiences (Landau, Paul). Many suspect that he speaks to radical Islamists or young Muslims in one way, and to Western media or academia in another. Such criticisms notwithstanding, and no matter how convoluted some of his presentations may appear to outsiders, there is consistency in Ramadan's discourse—much like that of Hasan al-Bannā in Egypt (Zemouri, Aziz).
He has contributed over 850 articles, reviews and chapters to various magazines and books, and tens of thousands of cassettes of his sermons and lectures are sold each year in France alone. He has two sons and two daughters.
Landau, Paul. Le sabre et le coran: Tariq Ramadan et les Frères Musulmans à la conquête de l’Europe. Paris, 2005. Argues that Ramadan relies on the “word” to conquer Europe.
Zemouri, Aziz. Faut-il faire taire Tariq Ramadan?Paris, 2005. A highly readable conversation with Ramadan on controversial subjects.