By Caroline Fourest
Tariq Ramadan is an international phenomenon. A Swiss-born Muslim activist, he's the grandson of the founding father of the Muslim Brotherhood, the unconventional crew credited with inspiring glossy Islamic radicalism. Ramadan is fluent in English, French and Arabic. In Europe, he's the main quoted and circulated author on Islam. His writings are a standard function of significant English-speaking newspapers, yet his actual message is published in his speeches to Muslim teams in France, Africa, and the center East. Caroline Fourest has conscientiously transcribed and translated these speeches and exhibits that Ramdan's inventive rhetoric is a computer virus, fostering the anti-Semitic and anti-Christian values of fundamentalist Islam on its most recent battlefield: Western civilization.
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Denis MacShane June2007 Preface I would really have preferred Tariq Ramadan to remain true to his promise: the promise of a proud and dynamic Islam, but one that was enlightened and modern. I can well understand that a number of Muslims in the West see in him a model, or even a hero-especially now that he has been demonized and can play the martyr's role. Will devoting a whole book to him succeed only in further demonizing him and so providing him with yet another platform? When challenged by demagogues, democrats have only one weapon: education-an education that is difficult even to begin in the course of a single article or in a TV program, when one is pressed for time and forced to improvise, allowing the demagogue to escape with a flippant remark, an evasive answer, or a lie that is soon forgotten.
In other words, he wants to return to a form of colonialism of which he is the beneficiary and not the victim. Hassan al-Banna was all the more inclined to agree with the latter outlook, in that he was a student of one of the most rigorous proponents of the Salafist school, Rashid Rida. Unlike Afghani or Mohammed Abduh, who had studied in France and was relatively open to modernizing influences, Rida, motivated by intense anti-Western sentiment, did all in his power to make the reformist impulse more rigid and steer the Salafist school towards an archaic fundamentalism.
In giving his movement a name that was both a title and an expression currently employed in Arabic, in which believers often address each other as "brother," he created a means of identification that was discreet. From its birth on, the Brotherhood was both an official movement and a school of thought that one could claim to belong to, or deny being part of, according to circumstances. On the other hand, the watchword was clear and unambiguous: "Our motto will forever be: God is our objective. God's messenger is our guide.