Thursday, September 01, 2005

Tariq Ramadan

The GALHA discussion list this morning had a number of emails concerning the government's decision to invite Tariq Ramadan onto an advisory committee of some sort and whether GALHA should kick up a fuss. The question was asked as to his homophobia or lack of it, since he comes over as a bit of this and a bit of that. Here's a link to an interesting document, of which what I've put below is a snip:

The first few paragraphs are the site's, and then we get to the article by Ives Coleman.

Tariq Ramadan does not approve of flirting, sex before (or outside) marriage, homosexuality, women’s contraception or divorce. He thinks that Muslim women should submit to their husbands if they are “good” Muslims. He believes that men must be financially responsible for the well-being of their family, and not women. In other words, Tariq Ramadan is opposed to or equivocal about feminism, women’s rights, gay rights and sexual liberation.


At 6:55 PM, Blogger Brett Lock said...

I know he called for a moritorium on corporal and capital punishments under Sharia Law - now obviously this is not the same as saying they're wrong, and amounts to saying "let's stop doing it until we've had a chance to review it" - but it is a far more moderate position than people like Qaradawi who defend those punishments. He's far more complex, and I wouldn't rush to recommend he be banned without a lot more evidence, preferably from the horse's mouth.

At 8:33 AM, Anonymous David T said...

It is clear that Ramadan is a cultural conservative, who occupies a similar position to somebody like Roger Scruton. To the extent that he equivocates on the death penalty for adultery - although he suggested, in an oblique way, that he was only doing so to keep the orthodox on side - he's probably to Scruton's right.

However, I'd be more interested in reading specific and sourced information on Ramadan, his public utterances, and his beliefs.

Pretty much everything I have read consists of summary.


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