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Published: 05.2014


One Dangerous Idea

The encounter is unexpected: a “thinker of complexity” meets a reformist scholar, an agnostic meets a believer, a descendent of Marranos meets a son of Egyptian exiles; the “reputable” Edgar Morin meets the “controversial” Tariq Ramadan… But beyond the clichés which their names suggest, these are above all two intellectuals deeply rooted in their time and in their culture, two self confessed  Europeans who meet to seek a common “Way”. They discuss their educational backgrounds and, with the cooperation of Claude-Henry du Bord, debate over republican education and secularism, arts, the rights of women and of minorities, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, antisemitism and islamophobia, democracy and fundamentalism, globalization and the new Middle east. While their conceptions of faith and of the world may differ, both are intent on listening to each other.   Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University and also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology.  He is Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies (Qatar) and the University of Malaysia Perlis; Senior Research Fellow at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) (Doha, Qatar). He holds an MA in Philosophy and French literature and PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the   University of Geneva. In Cairo, Egypt he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic scholarship from Al-Azhar University scholars (ijazat in seven disciplines). Through his writings and lectures Tariq has contributed to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world. He is active at academic and grassroots levels lecturing extensively throughout the world on theology, ethics, social justice, ecology and interfaith as well intercultural dialogue.  He is President of the European think tank: European Muslim Network (EMN) in Brussels. Website :   Edgar Morin, born Edgar Nahoum in Paris in 1921, is a French philosopher and sociologist. He is of Judeo-Spanish (Sefardi) origin. He is known for the transdisciplinarity of his works.

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