Aspects of Life of Tariq Ramadan
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.
Rather, he proposes that Western Muslims live in dār al-shahādah (realm of witness), where they can practice fundamental principles of faith and take responsibility for them. Because Ramadan has spoken on controversial subjects, including critical evaluations of Israeli treatment of Palestinians, and opposition to the U.S. military campaign in Iraq, many of his more conciliatory views were overlooked. For example, Ramadan condemned suicide bombings and violence as a tactic, and declared that terrorism was never justifiable. He cautioned Muslims not to overreact to Pope Benedict XVI's speech on Islam. 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).
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.