Western Muslims and the Future of Islam

About the Author: Tariq Ramadan

Tariq Ramadan is the son of Said Ramadan and Wafa Al Bana, who was the eldest daughter of Hassan al Banna, who in 1928 founded the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt Gamal al Banna, the liberal Muslim reformer is his great uncle His father was a prominent figure in the Muslim Brotherhood and was exiled by Gamal Abdul Nasser 3 from Egypt to Switzerland, where Tariq was born Tariq Ramadan studied


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  • Western Muslims and the Future of Islam
  • Tariq Ramadan
  • English
  • 04 July 2018
  • 9780195183566

Western Muslims and the Future of IslamIn A Western World Suddenly Acutely Interested In Islam, One Question Has Been Repeatedly Heard Above The Din Where Are The Muslim Reformers With This Ambitious Volume, Tariq Ramadan Firmly Establishes Himself As One Of Europe S Leading Thinkers And One Of Islam S Most Innovative And Important Voices As The Number Of Muslims Living In The West Grows, The Question Of What It Means To Be A Western Muslim Becomes Increasingly Important To The Futures Of Both Islam And The West While The Media Are Focused On Radical Islam, Ramadan Claims, A Silent Revolution Is Sweeping Islamic Communities In The West, As Muslims Actively Seek Ways To Live In Harmony With Their Faith Within A Western Context French, English, German, And American Muslims Women As Well As Men Are Reshaping Their Religion Into One That Is Faithful To The Principles Of Islam, Dressed In European And American Cultures, And Definitively Rooted In Western Societies Ramadan S Goal Is To Create An Independent Western Islam, Anchored Not In The Traditions Of Islamic Countries But In The Cultural Reality Of The West He Begins By Offering A Fresh Reading Of Islamic Sources, Interpreting Them For A Western Context And Demonstrating How A New Understanding Of Universal Islamic Principles Can Open The Door To Integration Into Western Societies He Then Shows How These Principles Can Be Put To Practical Use Ramadan Contends That Muslims Can Indeed Must Be Faithful To Their Principles While Participating Fully In The Civic Life Of Western Secular Societies Grounded In Scholarship And Bold In Its Aims, Western Muslims And The Future Of Islam Offers A Striking Vision Of A New Muslim Identity, One Which Rejects Once And For All The Idea That Islam Must Be Defined In Opposition To The West

10 thoughts on “Western Muslims and the Future of Islam

  1. miteypen says:

    I m really proud of myself for finishing this book, because it wasn t easy Not because it was boring, but because it was scholarly and very detailed It was basically about how Muslims in the West need to adapt to their surroundings without compromising their religion Not an easy task There was so much to digest, I feel like I need to read this again, but I ll probably move on to another one of his books first The only reason I gave the book 3 stars is because it is hard to read and definitely not for the somewhat casual reader The only reason I kept on going is because I m trying to challenge myself to learn as much as I can about how to live my life as a Muslim convert I did learn a lot from this book, but I don t know how much I ll retain

  2. Andrew says:

    I ve been deeply impressed with Tariq Ramadan when I ve seen him on Al Jazeera, and reading this book, there s clearly an intelligent and subtle thinker at work I m afraid, however, that I m not the right audience for much of this particular text While I was fascinated by Islamic theology as Ramadan understands it, at least , many of his appeals I say this as perhaps the least spiritual person on the planet are lost on me People who probably could gain something from this book 1 Muslims looking for an interesting perspective on their own religion.2 Westerners especially religious Westerners who don t really know much about Islam.Anyway, this is an impressive work, loaded with impressive arguments based on Ramadan s interpretation of the Qu ran There s this almost Reformation desire to clear out the centuries of dogma and ritual and cultural influence and try to return to a universalist, humanistic Islam It s a theological mission I can t quibble with I wish him the best of luck but I m the wrong audience.

  3. Noah says:

    Often characterized as a Muslim Martin Luther though he would contest the idea that Islam is in need of a reformation and would instead suggest the idea of renewal Ramadan clearly outlines the universal that is, trans cultural elements of Islam in the first part of the book, before applying them to very specific social, political, economic situations Ramadan himself is actively involved in the global peace and justice anti globalization movement and offers clear, Islamically based forms of economic resistance, moving the movement one step closer to the other world that it envisions All of which makes it only that much regrettable that Ramadan has been denied entry to the United States by the current administration.

  4. Ebadur says:

    We are currently living through a veritable silent revolution in Muslim communities in the West and young people and intellectuals are actively looking for a way to live in harmony with their faith while participating in the societies that are their societies, whether they like it or not pg 412 12 09 See Ebrahim Moosa s review of this book particularly his critique through Sherman Jackson s argument regarding false universals.Tim Winter Abdal Hakim Murad also has a review of this and another book in a review article for the Times Literary Supplement Let me know if you would like me to email you either.

  5. Sithara says:

    This book is divided into two parts It is in Part A, entitled A Universe of Reference that the book really shines Ramadan uses Islamic sources, the Quran, authentic hadiths, as well as tools of Islamic jurisprudence such as Maslaha the common good and ijtihad independent reasoning to set aside meaningless historical concepts such as Dar al Harb abode of war and Dar al Islam abode of Islam and come up with the simple, rather obvious, but revolutionary concept Western countries are Dar al Shahada or, area of testimony Basically, the task of Muslims in the West is to express the Shahada, the creed that There is no God but God, and Muhammad s is His Messenger not only in word, but in deed no easy task, as Ramadan makes clear Such an attitude requires becoming intimately involved in Western society, understanding the Western mindset, and actively participating in civic engagement We can not sit around and depend on fatwas being given from the Islamic world by some scholar who has never lived in the West, and therefore has no idea of Western concepts and thinking To truly bear witness to the One God in one s society, one has to be BOTH fully a Westerner AND a Muslim not choose between one or another I give this part of the book 5 stars.In the second part of the book, part B, The Meaning of Engagement, Ramadan tries to lay out how Muslims should engage themselves in the West, keeping in mind their primary task of bearing witness to the One God by acts and deeds He explores Muslim engagement in topics such as Spirituality and Emotions , Islamic Education, Social Commitment and Political Participation , Economic Resistance , and Interreligious Dialogue Defining the proper Islamic engagement in each of these areas, much less all of them, is a huge undertaking, and as Ramadan repeatedly stresses, can only be done properly by taking into account one s context Thus, appropriate Islamic Education, or political participation, or interreligious dialog will wary from America to Europe, and from region to region, and from town to town However, because of these limitations, Ramadan is limited to offering interesting insights, but not much in the way of solutions or guidelines For example, I wholeheartedly agree with the need for Muslims to resist and offer REAL alternatives to the murderous and unjust economic order, and the need for Muslims to be educated BOTH in Islam and in Western civic engagement including lessons in Western history, philosophy, etc Ramadan rightly claims that many solutions that have so far been promoted Islamic banking, Islamic schools, etc are superficial solutions, which may help Muslims feel that they have followed the letter of Islamic law but do nothing to actually improve our societies However, Ramadam himself is not able to offer much in the way of solutions or guidelines as to how to achieve aims such as a just economic order, or proper education Ultimately,, this section feels incomplete, with the reader wanting I give this part of the book 3 stars.

  6. Beth says:

    I gave this book four stars not necessarily because I really liked the book but because as a non Muslim westerner, I think it was an important book to read.This book is written by a Muslim scholar who is trying to reach the Muslim community and reform it from within At least that is the perception i got from reading this book It is a very scholarly book and therefore must be read carefully And for a non Muslim, it was, at east in the beginning, a very difficult book to read and understand because it is talking about a religion that I am not familiar with from an inside viewpoint This book was a helpful read because I feel now like I have a better understanding of the complexities that a Muslim faces when trying to stay true to her religion but also live within a Western culture And therefore it makes me sympathetic to their difficulties and contradictions I have a better understanding of the core believes of the religion and therefore can understand better why certain conflicts arise in our western culture.However, I also thought the author used a very broad brush and did not try to answer any of the really hard questions that he brought up He would say, This is a difficult situation and we must use these processes to try to find an answer, but he never actually did the work of trying to find an answer to the situation I suppose finding specific answers to specific problems was outside the purview of this book as it is looking at Muslims in many western cultures, from America to various European countries But I found it frustrating as I continued to read that the author seemed to broach each difficult subject only to say we must find an answer and then nothing .I was also frustrated that the author did not address at all the conflict of women s treatment under Islam.Finally I was frustrated that, in the conclusion, the author states that Muslims will have to continue to deal with intolerance and prejudice in the West without ever acknowledging the behavior of Muslims that led and continues to lead to the intolerance and prejudice.Perhaps it is necessary for the author to speak softly, if you will, because he is speaking to the Muslim communtiy, not the non Muslim community So perhaps he is trying to find a middle ground to send his message of reform in a way that the people will listen and not immediately shut out his message But as a non Muslim, it was a frustrating read toward the end of the book But again, a very important and helpful book for me to read because it did give me an insight into the religion that I otherwise would not have.

  7. Affad Shaikh says:

    Many a reader have been attracted to label Tariq Ramadan a modern day Martin Luther, a reformer of Islam and reconciler between modernity and Islam However, I take serious issue with that typecasting I find that it might be easy to refer to him as a reformer, however, such a label is an egregious misunderstanding of history and circumstances, and in its worst manifestation it presents an innocuous view that Islam, as a world religion, is somehow in the throes of European and Catholic turmoil The Muslim dilemma is far from that of Europe and the Catholic church, in ways our challenges are not as systemic and problematic, i would argue.What Tariq Ramadan is, and I see that in this work then any other, is a modern day Muslim shaman, or in it s proper cultural context a Vizier of the people Like ancient shamans, Ramadan helps individuals and the community reconcile themselves with their struggles and their environment with his insight, knowledge, wisdom and intellect The shaman was a healer and finder of lost souls that worked to restore wholeness and fullness of being to both individuals and communities In that manner, Western Muslims is an exercise of applying compassionate application of Ramadan s knowledge and intellect to help push forward a intelligent discourse on what the community as a whole and as individuals needs to work on.For the purposes that I was reading this book I found that Part I is far structured, poignant and applicable Part II, however, is an exercise in creative problem solving by providing ideas but not necessarily solutions, therefore, Part II had very little applicability for me directly as I was looking for information to frame my own internal search for structuring identity and prioritizing effort Overall this book is dense and its filled with information that requires a person to be well versed in Islam, Muslim history as well as terminology Those who are not Muslim that read this book, I applaud you because it is not an easy read whatsoever because it requires the reader to have such in depth background on the topics discussed.

  8. Chris says:

    Overall the book was good, yet I honestly was a bit disappointed by what felt like a defensive engagement for most of the book Now, that s not the say the defensiveness is not called for Islam in the West has been under attack for some time and in many ways it will be Muslims in the West who hold the key to how Islam as a whole engages with both People of the Book Ahl al Kitab as well as those who are considered unbelievers as well as those who are actively denying the truths of Islam All to say, I was a bit disappointed until I reached chapter 9 in the book, Interreligious Dialogue It was here that my faith and hope in what Tariq Ramadan has to say was restored He shared many much needed insights into the current climate of dialogue between these two faiths Nevertheless, the problem remains that these Muslims and Christians engaged in interfaith dialogue are fairly closed circles whose members are not always in real contact with their own religious groups, and this makes it difficult to convey to the heart of each religious community the advances made in these numerous meetings Moreover, whole sections of these communities are neither concerned with nor touched by the various dialogues that are taking place Those who meet do not represent the various denominations, schools of thought, or tendencies of the adherents of their religion Those who hold the most closed opinions, which in daily life are the cause of the real problem, never meet p 200 Or this, Dialogue is not enough Even if it is rigorous, even if it is necessary to give time to knowing, trusting, and respecting each other, even if we should take on ourselves the widest possible responsibility to report back, it is only one stage or one aspect of the encounter among the various religious traditions In Western societies, it is urgent that we commit ourselves to joint action In dialogue, we soon realize that we hold a great number of convictions and values in common We understand very quickly that we are facing the same difficulties and challenges But we very rarely move outside these circles of reflection p 211

  9. Mishelle Masri says:

    I can t seem to get how is it possible to reject the Islamic binary division of the world into dar al Islam and dar al harb Even though it is not mentioned in the Qura an, it is actually a part of the contemporary political views of Islam Other matter to notice is the notion of a west muslim , one cannot simply add a normativity to a concept that works as a status and on its behalf state that this should be or it tends to be the closest future of Muslims who move to the west clearly they have radical distinctions but those are not because of an islamic paradigm, be it religiously or ethically addressed, but rather because of a political status and ideological position a place on a map marks and determines a civil, administrative and social matter, the place on the book be it whatever interpretaition of the Qura an he wants is a matter of religion The issue of the muslim of the west isn t a matter of interpretation of the texts, but it is rather a matter of political invisibility or maximum visibility in some cases, of persecution, profiling, distrust, doubt of motives, hostility, lack of approvement, etc., all in a political, economic and social dimension The future of the west muslim is, in any case, unpredictable simply because it remains, and will remain still, undefinable, unidentifiable Even though I admire its views on the women status, and the condemnation of violence in any form of terrorism Some facts turned out to be interesting and some of his political views are cleared out in this book.

  10. arafat says:

    If there s one contemporary mainstream Muslim author worth reading, it s probably Tariq Ramadan While not without its problems, I agreed with a lot of what s said in this book Ramadan s analysis of existing tendencies in Muslim life in the West, though not entirely novel, is extremely perceptive And he has a talent for writing, which we can hope will lead to developed works in the future The sections in this book that I liked best were the one in which he offers a classification of contemporary Islamic thought into six trends, and the one in which he elaborates the place of Islam in epistemology related to that is the critique of pseudoscientific Muslim apologists of the Quran and Science business.