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Reading Tariq Ramadan: Political Liberalism, Islam, and 'Overlapping Consensus'

Ethics & International Affairs, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 399-413, Winter 2007

15 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2008  

Andrew F. March

Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University

Abstract

In this paper I discuss the controversy over the career and thought of Tariq Ramadan. I offer an account of what Western liberals ought to hope for from the thought of such a figure and then show, pace Ramadan's critiques, that his views on European citizenship and social cooperation are largely "reasonable" from the standpoint of political liberalism. I also situate Ramadan's views in the context of Islamic law and contemporary Islamist thought on life in the West.

Keywords: Islam. liberalism, Islamic law, Tariq Ramadan, citizenship, secularism

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March, Andrew F., Reading Tariq Ramadan: Political Liberalism, Islam, and 'Overlapping Consensus'. Ethics & International Affairs, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 399-413, Winter 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1300526

Andrew F. March (Contact Author)

Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University ( email )

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