Tariq Ramadan is very much a public figure, and has a large following around the world. However, he has also been a lightning rod for controversy. In 2004, he was prevented from entering the US by the Bush administration and, despite two appeals, he was barred from the country until the spring of 2010, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finally lifted the ban. In Al-Islam Wa Al-horriya, 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 sceptical) 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. His vision is of a future in which a shared and confident pluralism becomes a reality at last.
Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Islamic Studies at Oxford University, Senior Research Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford, Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan), and the President of the European Muslim Network (EMN). He is the author of Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation, In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad, Western Muslims and the Futureof Islam, and Islam, the West, and Challenges of Modernity. Osama Elghazoly is a Journalist and translator with more than 15 books translated from Russian and English into Arabic, including David Graeber's The Democracy Project (2013) Revolution, Rebellion, Resistance: The Power of Story, by Eric Selbin (2013),Michael Denning's Culture in the Age of Three Worlds (2012) Cinema, Ideology, Box-office, by A. Karaganov (1975) and other titles.
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