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What I Believe [Kindle Edition]

Tariq Ramadan
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"Tariq Ramadan, a prominent intellectual-activist in Europe and America, represents a new generation of Islamic reformers." --John L. Esposito, author of Unholy War and What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam


"Tariq Ramadan is a Muslim Martin Luther."--Paul Donnelly, The Washington Post


"Ramadan's most important message--his advice to Muslims in the West to make the West their home--is one Americans should particularly welcome."--Alan Wolfe, The Chronicle of Higher Education


"Ramadan has started to pave out the road to reform and changes in the understanding of Islam in Muslim communities in the West."--Le Monde Diplomatique


"Deliberately brief, sensible and accessible.... What I Believe is not just a summary of Ramadan's own views but a primer on modern Western Muslim life."--Publishers Weekly starred review


"What I Believe succinctly, and in Ramadan's own words, is a compact opus that tells readers exactly what they want to know: who he i

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Tariq Ramadan is very much a public figure, named one of Time magazine's most important innovators of the twenty-first century. He is among the leading Islamic thinkers in the West, with a large following around the world. But he has also been a lightning rod for controversy. Indeed, in 2004, Ramadan was prevented from entering the U.S. by the Bush administration and despite two appeals, supported by organizations like the American Academy of Religion and the ACLU, he was barred from the country until spring of 2010, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finally lifted the ban.
In What I Believe, Ramadan attempts to set the record straight, laying out the basic ideas he stands for in clear and accessible prose. He describes the book as a work of clarification, directed at ordinary citizens, politicians, journalists, and others who are curious (or skeptical) about his positions. Aware that that he is dealing with emotional issues, Ramadan tries to get past the barriers of prejudice and misunderstanding to speak directly, from the heart, to his Muslim and non-Muslim readers alike. In particular, he calls on Western Muslims to escape the mental, social, cultural, and religious ghettos they have created for themselves and become full partners in the democratic societies in which they live. At the same time, he calls for the rest of us to recognize our Muslim neighbors as citizens with rights and responsibilities the same as ours. His vision is of a future in which a shared and confident pluralism becomes a reality at last.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 238 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0195387856
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (6 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SAUBX6
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Clarity 6 Jan 2010
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Tariq Ramadan is an influential Muslim thinker. He is at the forefront of Muslim thought when it comes to cultivating an indigenous Western Muslim identity. Mass Muslim immigration to Europe and America in the last 50-60 years has raised many questions about the compatibility of traditional Islamic values with modern, Western, post-Enlightenment ones. A constant barrage of headline-grabbing incidents - from 9/11 & 7/7 to the Danish carton controversy to mention a few - have further exacerbated the issue, making it a critical one in the minds of policy-makers: Muslims have become one of Europe's biggest "problems".

Tariq Ramadan believes that a mutual co-existence based on respect, harmony and a pursuit of shared values and common goals is the way forward. He calls upon Muslims to escape from the convenient get-out-clause of a "victim mentality" and actively participate in their "host" cultures. In fact, he says, many European societies are no longer "host" cultures, as - away from the media razzmatazz and headlines - an organic integration process has been taking place. As a result, many Western Muslims already are indigenised and comfortable with their Western and Muslim identities, with little or no tension between the two. He also calls upon Europeans / Americans to resist the temptation to demonize the "other" or fall prey to the hysteria which far-right inflammatory rhetoric can engender. Instead, he asks them to live up to the lofty ideals of pluralism and human empathy which form the bedrock of true democracy.

This is a concise and accessible summation of Ramadan's thought; for more detailed analyses - especially of how he seeks to re-examine Islam's core scriptural canon in light of a modern context - refer to his other works.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected but still good 13 Feb 2014
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My first thought upon receiving this book was "Oh it's so small!". I was expecting a thick biography sized book. Except this book isn't a biography. It is small and it looks cute. Yes a 'cute' book!

Anyway I thought the title of the book meant "what I Believe regarding Islams rules and regulations".
It doesn't.
To me It now seems the title is more like "what I believe Muslims should be doing to integrate and get on in life".

I was expecting him to tell us more about the nitty gritty. Does he believe women need to wear a scarf? Does he pray 5 times a day? Should women be allowed to lead prayers? Does he want or believe in Sharia law etc

In fact he does mention in this book that (some of) these questions are the sort that we Muslims are asked and really shouldn't be. As people use these type of questions to judge if we are fundamental Muslims or not.

So maybe that makes me a bad person for wanting to know? Or maybe I am just nosy. Either way these are the sort of questions I thought were going to be answered.

I can understand why he hasn't mentioned his beliefs regarding such questions. Whatever his answers are people will criticise. He's too strict, he's not practising, he's fundamental etc etc. You can't please everyone all of the time. Also I suppose he doesn't need to give his 'haters' ammunition.

Admittedly he does state some of his views, for example homosexuality. He does have reservations regarding homosexuals marrying and adopting.
Though also respects them for who they are despite not sharing the opinions and actions as to their sexuality.

He also states that anti Semitism is anti-Islamic, yet criticising Israel and it's colonisation is NOT antisemitic.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful truth telling that misses the ultimate 26 Dec 2009
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I picked up this book because Tariq Ramadan is a Muslim I know well from the mass media. Sadly I have few Muslim friends. None of them would claim to be intellectuals. `What I Believe' promised access to the Muslim mindset. The author and I meet through the mega world of media. By engaging more with his thinking I hoped to better equip myself to counter Islamophobia within the midi and mini worlds of community and family. As a Christian leader I am also challenged by the surge of nominal Christians converting to be Muslims.

`What I Believe' impresses firstly as the work of a bridge builder feeling the pain of being walked over from both ends of the bridge. Banned from entering the US under the Bush administration and suspected by fundamentalist Muslims Ramadan is an exceptional figure. He impresses by the courage and range of his convictions as a Muslim scholar. It is this range that both excites and troubles those who hear him. He excites those who see the future of the world as dependent on brave connectors. He dismays those who suspect doublespeak in the subtlety of his communication.

This book has truth telling with wide implications. In a world where people have multiple identities why should people question the civic loyalty of Muslims? Conversely why do Western Muslims so often possess a ghetto mentality that stops them making a significant contribution to the society they inhabit? Ramadan invites a jihad for trust, more effort by all citizens towards self-respect and respect for others. His receipe for a healthy society is compelling in its call for more humility, respect and consistency.

He says `compelling a woman to wear a headscarf is against Islam, and compelling her to remove it is against human rights'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars all good
all good
Published 8 days ago by Steven young
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Dr Tariq Ramadan as always know how to talk to her via his book
Published 1 month ago by Myriam
5.0 out of 5 stars What I Believe
Lovely book but I much prefer to read the "Meaning of the life of the Prophet Mohamed" (May Allah's peace be upon Him). Of course 2 different books. Read more
Published 11 months ago by florence bouriah
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Easy to read and understand.
We need more Muslim scholars like Tarik Ramadan.
Everything said, makes sense and is logic.
Published 12 months ago by salima
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
a must and easy read for those looking for spiritual answers..very interesting and sensible points of view from tariq ramadan
Published 18 months ago by Dua
5.0 out of 5 stars A vision of what the future could be
Tariq Ramadan has been described by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in the 21st century. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Noor A Jahangir
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremist?
Tariq Ramadan is being called by some an extremist, I believe those people simply never opened any his book and just do not know what exactly they are talking about. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2011 by Magdalena
4.0 out of 5 stars A deep and thoughtful message - for all
This is not a book about religion: it is an explanation of the author's views (and responses to his many critics), as a Westerner who is also a practising Muslim. Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2010 by Derek Tunnicliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Light reading to know such a thinker!
If you've never had the chance to read one of Prof. Ramadan's books or you are planning to start reading his thoughts, I strongly recommend you to start with "What I Believe. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2010 by A. Alsuwaidi
5.0 out of 5 stars A foundation for living together
Ramadan describes how a pluralist society can and should live together: not each going separate ways but all acting supportively to build a coherent society with common values. Read more
Published on 24 July 2010 by Hobbesian
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