Your participation in this email campaign could make a huge difference in our call for due process for Tariq Ramadan. While we cannot dismiss his accusers, we must do everything in our power to ensure that Dr. Ramadan gets a fair trial within the French legal system. So far, this has not been the case: he has been denied bail; he has been denied medical care; he has been held in solitary confinement; and he has been demonized in the French media.
If you have not done so already, please also sign the petition at Change.org calling for Dr. Ramadan’s release. Also, you may consult the Free Tariq Ramadan Website to stay abreast of campaigns supporting due process for Dr. Ramadan. You may also click here to contribute to Prof. Ramadan's legal defence fund.
WHO IS TARIQ RAMADAN?
Born in Geneva in 1962, Tariq Ramadan is one of Europe’s most outstanding Muslim intellectual personalities. Educated at the University of Geneva and at al-Azhar in Cairo, Mr. Ramadan went on to a brilliant career as an academic specialist on Islam, in addition to being an author, speaker and a voice for Muslim social empowerment.
He has, over the last twenty-five years, emerged as the foremost advocate of full Muslim integration into European and North American society. A frequent participant in public debate, he rapidly developed a media profile as a forceful and articulate representative of contemporary Western Muslim thought. Muslims, he argues, should not only integrate harmoniously into their respective Western societies, but should actively contribute to making those societies more just and equitable.
A professor at Oxford University, Mr. Ramadan is the author of more than a dozen books in French, most of them translated into English. His latest work, Islam: the Essentials (Oxford 2017) offers a concise, concentrated and critical view of Islam as it is practiced today. In it, he debunks widespread myths and answers questions typical of those asked by the curious about Europe’s second religion.
Simultaneously, he has emerged as a high-profile media personality, writing weekly columns, hosting a popular television program in the UK, and appearing regularly on widely watched French talk shows. In 2004, Time Magazine named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people.
His success in challenging European political and intellectual leaders along with his wide following among young European and North American Muslims have has fueled resentment among his detractors, who label him a ‘polarizing figure.’
Dr. Ramadan is married, has four children and two grandchildren.