Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan

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Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan. By Caroline Fourest. New York: Encounter Books, 2008. 257 pp. $23 .95.

Fourest, a French journalist, has revealed the real nature of Tariq Ramadan, one of the most effective and threatening Islamist activists in the West. Some Europeans embrace him as a Muslim version of Martin Luther but Fourest shows how Ramadan intends to help make Europe a majority Muslim continent.

Fourest has waded through the complex record of his preaching - particularly off-therecord and impromptu speeches to fellow Muslims^ - and found a sometimes refined and sometimes puerile contempt for the West and an abiding faith in the supremacy and eventual triumph of Islam. This is the "doublespeak" to which the title of the book refers. Among the themes are Islamo-feminism, itself worth a book; integration and national allegiance; and Zionism.

Then-interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy brought to French national attention Ramadan's refusal to state categorically that there is no place in any society under any circumstances for the stoning of women; Ramadan would only call for a "moratorium," allowing him to appear moderate to Europeans but protecting his fundamentalist credentials among Muslims. Ramadan has used this rhetorical device in other circumstances, and Fourest points out how typical this is of Ramadan's rhetoric. …

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