Festival of Ideas May 2017
Hardly a day goes by without mention of Islam. And yet, for most people, and in much of the world, Islam remains a little-known religion. Whether the issue is violence, terrorism, women’s rights or slavery, Muslims are today expected to provide answers and to justify what Islam is – or is not. But little opportunity exists, either in the media or in society as a whole, to describe Islam: precisely the question that Tariq Ramadan sets out to answer. He offers an introduction to Islam, to its spirituality, its principles, its rituals, its diversity and its evolution.
Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at St Anthony’s College, Oxford University, and also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology. He is Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies and Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (both in Qatar) and Senior Research Fellow at Doshisha University in Japan. He is the author of a number of books, including The Arab Awakening: Islam and the New Middle East; What I Believe; Radical Reform, Islamic Ethics and Liberation; and Islam.