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Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan Hardcover – 11 Feb 2008
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Is Tariq Ramadan an Islamic liberal and reformer or a clever Islamist strategist who uses the language of liberalism to disguise a fundamentalist agenda. Read this book and judge for yourself. --Peter Tatchell, Human rights
Caroline Fourest's book is an essential guide to decoding Islamist rhetoric, exposing the political project which lies behind contived controversies such as the veil. --Joan Smith, Journalist and human rights activist
The name Tariq Ramadan is well known in the West. Thanks to his urbane manner and articulate way of expressing himself - in a number of languages - this Swiss-born 'academic' is a regular contributor to television and radio features dealing with Islam (and Islamism) and the West. In the UK, his reputation as a 'moderate' has won him praise. Meanwhile, as the grandson of Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Ramadan enjoys a certain status in Islamic circles - as a kind of ambassador for his grandfather's brand of political Islam. So who actually is Tariq Ramadan and what does he really stand for? In this incisive and insightful study of the man, the well-known French writer and journalist Caroline Fourest dissects the public pronouncements of Tariq Ramadan. Drawing on his numerous books, articles and tapes as sources, she demonstrates with chilling clarity that the West has been beguiled by Ramadan's smooth talk. By his doublespeak. Tariq Ramadan has been portrayed as the Murtin Luther King of Islam. This study reveals that he is more the Pat Robertson of a political and reactionary Islam.See all Product description
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*This while he promotes ideas harmful to liberty, equality, and fraternity the rest of the time!
*The book is very interesting and very complete. Lots of details.
*If you want some proof of his deceitful behavior before you buy this, Google him for his very recent (April 12, 2010) CNN television interview with Christiane Amanpour.
You can see and hear him dodging the outright condemnation of the stoning of women!!! (Also visit Wikipedia if you want more juice.)
*The ideology this guy promotes can only fracture a society in two, causing fatal enmity and conflict.
Who knows ? Perhaps she is right and Ramadan really is a villain.Some at least of the mud sticks.But most honest and fair-minded people will be repelled by the manner in which she shouts her case.
Unfortunately however, her approach here is intruiging largely for its revelations about the anti-pluralistic and illiberal instincts of its ideal audience. For example, Fourest is displeased that Ramadan explains and justifies "secular" values important to Western democracies so that their relevance in an Islamic context might become more evident - she would clearly prefer him to refute Islam, and dismisses his claims that life in Western societies permit Muslims "to be able fully to live our spirituality and our pratices", for instance, or "to be able to act in the name of our faith". It is ofcourse somewhat difficult to understand why she would dislike Muslims feeling included and comfortable "to act in the name of faith"... unless a fundamental dislike of the religion is at issue.
Finally, a persistent feeling of dislike at Mr. Ramadan's success also seems to pervade the book. This is a shame as many of us would have liked a truly impartial biography of this increasingly popular voice of liberal Islam.
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