Interviewer 1: I want to thank the Rumi Forum for the privilege of introducing a person who many would say is the leading Muslim thinker today. Foreign policy in fact rated him as 8th among the 100 Most Influential People in the World and I think that’s an organization here dedicated to a moderate and modern Islam. I don’t think we could find a better forum for Professor Ramadan. In my view, he has taken on a really a, a very, taken in on fearless a very delicate and risky life task at a very critical moment I think for Islam. To show that devout Muslims are capable of being and are entitled to be fully participating members of Western democratic society and I think you know he comes from a very distinguished religious background himself. I have to say that I think you know Professor Ramadan has not a few enemies; anti-Muslim elements tend to play unpopular fears and try to paint him as an extremist while also trying to undercut his Muslim credentials. He is, as I understand, unwelcome in several countries, several Arab countries because of his criticism of autocratic regimes and our own country, I’m sorry to say, has kept him out until this year something I find hard to accept. But he certainly has not flinched in the face of these attacks and I think has espoused many imaginative reformist ideas while remaining faithful to his beliefs. I’m sure you’ll find his comments illuminating and I would also, although I’m sure many of you have already done it, to explore his many writings starting of course with this small book What I Believe. So now it’s a great pleasure and honor to welcome Dr. Tariq Ramadan.
Interviewer 2: Thank you so much. Thank you, thank you for this invitation, for being here and for this introduction. Sorry for starting late but I was so very tight schedule today and in a meeting so I tried my best to be on time. So let me just, as an introduction to our discussion, say a few things about what I’m trying to do in the way you were introducing my work. Just to, because I would be talking about the last book What I Believe but just before that, say a few things about my work over the last 25 years. In fact, if you look at old books and there are 28 books now published and there are different areas and at least 2 dimensions. In fact, 3 dimensions and 2 of them are in fact a series of books on Muslim majority countries and what are the challenges and what are the challenges and for example, Islam, the West and the Challenges of Modernity dialog around this Islam are all about Islamic majority and the issues that we are facing when it comes to principles, democracy, the economy, politics and this is a series of books on that. There is another series of books on Western Muslims and I started by writing beginning of the ‘90s, Muslims in Secular Society, To Be a European Muslim, Western Muslims and the Future of Islam, and what I believe is in fact, a book summarizing some of my views on what is going on in Western countries. So these are 2 series of books and then in between, there are books on [FOREIGN LANGUAGE; 03:44] Islamic law and jurisprudence and [FOREIGN LANGUAGE; 03:46] the last one that I wrote on the very classical foundations of [FOREIGN LANGUAGE; 03:52] is Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation which is a book in fact which is not on the West or on Muslim majority countries is really Muslims facing contemporary challenges. When it comes to Islamic applied ethics and understand that for me, I reached a limit talking about [FOREIGN LANGUAGE; 04:11] and Islamic law and jurisprudence and saying it’s high time to go to the fundamentals, maybe that our problem is not on adapting the [FOREIGN LANGUAGE; 04:19] but it’s really to think about the sources of [FOREIGN LANGUAGE; 04:23] in the way we are dealing with the contemporary issues in the West and in the Muslim majority countries and these are common challenges. It’s not something that is only in the West.