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Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan Hardcover – 11 Feb 2008

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  • Hardcover: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Social Affairs Unit (11 Feb. 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1904863264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904863267
  • Package Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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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

About the Author

Caroline Fourest is a French feminist writer and journalist. She is the co-founder and editor of ProChoix, an anti-racist and anti-fundamentalist journal and website.

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A brilliant masterpiece by a highly gifted and well-researched feminist author, exposing the lies, trickery and deceit of his fork-tongued charlatan, Ramadan.
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*Tariq Ramadan is an adept at delivering reassuring speeches and interviews to the public at large: it gets to hear what it wants to hear.
*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.
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This book is a detailed discussion of Tariq Ramadan's `doublespeak' - the crafty differences in presentation of his views towards Islamic and Western audiences. The examples are always well documented, and while the interpretation is usually quite plausible, it seems to be determined by the fact that Fourest starts from the conviction (probably correct) that Ramadan is a slippery customer who basically wants to promote a fundamentalist (Muslim Brotherhood) version of Islam. Hence, she is never willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, always puts forward the least charitable interpretation of what Ramadan has to say, always pushes her particular slant on his views. It remains a useful book - but the reader needs to keep a certain amount of distance.
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Published under the auspices of the self-consciously right-wing / neo-conservative publishing house "Encounter Books", Ms. Fourest has already been feted by the right wing American establishment for this attempt to denigrate the reputation of Mr. Tariq Ramadan, an important liberal Muslim thinker. Ms. Fourest is an engaging journalist well known for feminist and proto-feminist writing and for an expose style of investigation, and her writing (though occasionally sharp) is attractive and gives the book a highly polished readability.

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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