Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Controversial Muslim Theologian Appointed at Leiden University

Tarik Ramadan has been appointed Professor of Muslim Theology at Leiden University. His chair is financed by the Sultan of Oman. Ramadan was not admitted to France in 1995 because he was accused of incitement and was considered a danger to public order. In 2004 he was refused entry to the United States because he had transferred funds to Muslim organizations accused of having links with terrorist groups. While Time Magazine considers him one of the hundred great innovative thinkers of the 21st Century, critics say that he shows understanding for terrorism and does not take unequivocal positions against Muslim practices such as the stoning of adulterous women.

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