Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Islamic Scholar, Visa Revoked, Gives Up Post at Notre Dame 

World-renowned Islamic scholar and promoter of cultural and spiritual bridge-building Tariq Ramadan has given up his position as head of the Program in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding at Notre Dame's Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies because his visa, which had been issued in May, was revoked without any concrete explanation in August in the days before Ramadan was to move from Switzerland to Indiana, and efforts to have the visa reinstated have been without avail and without further explanation.

Department of Homeland Security merely cited the USA Patriot Act to support their decision.

Ramadan was named by Time Magazine as one of the world's Innovators of note, in the field of spirituality. From the Time profile:
Ramadan's chosen task is to invent an independent European Islam: "We need to separate Islamic principles from their cultures of origin and anchor them in the cultural reality of Western Europe." With 15 million Muslims on the Continent, Ramadan believes it's time to abandon the dichotomy in Muslim thought that has defined Islam in opposition to the West. "I can incorporate everything that's not opposed to my religion into my identity," he says, "and that's a revolution."

Posted by Beth Henderson at 11:29 AM