Magazine article Foreign Policy

Tariq Ramadan

Magazine article Foreign Policy

Tariq Ramadan

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The Swiss-born grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood's founder made his career trying to prove that the West and Islam, secularism and belief, can coexist peacefully. With his George W. Bush-era travel ban revoked, Tariq Ramadan has now journeyed back to the United States, where his faith in faith has been put to the test by a painful year for American Muslims.

I grew up in a very liberal family. I was left alone to decide whether to pray or not to pray. I was very interested in solidarity work so I went to South America after graduation. I started an interfaith dialogue, and this is where faith came back to me. It was seeing the poor and how they remained dignified and retained their faith. It was an answer to my quest.

In Germany, Angela Merkel has said that multiculturalism failed. But it has not failed. The facts and figures are showing that it's working. It's only in our mind that Muslims and Westerners aren't integrating. But the true success of integration is to not talk about integration. …

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