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US-banned Islamic scholar begins Oxford teaching post

first_imgControversial Islamic scholarTariq Ramadan, who has in the past been accused of anti-Semitism and was bannedfrom teaching in the US, is aboutto begin teaching at Oxford.Professor Tariq Ramadan is to begin a visiting fellowship at the postgraduatecollege St Anthony’s which specialises in International Studies. He marked thestart of his new position by delivering a speech to the Oxford Union on Tuesdayevening. A spokesperson for the College describedRamadan as “an internationally recognised scholar” and said that St Anthony’sis “a forum for free academic exchange on the issues of our times and opposes allmanifestations of hate speech and intimidation designed to curb academicfreedoms”.Ramadan was named by Time Magazinein April 2004 as one of the 100 innovators of the 21st century forhis work to create an Independent European Islam. Mike Whine from the Jewish CommunitySecurity Trust accused Ramadan of speaking moderately in French and English butdelivering more radical messages in Arabic. In the televised debates between himselfand the French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, Professor Ramadan declined tocondemn the Islamic punishment of the stoning of women for crimes such asadultery and instead resorted to ijtihad, asking leading thinkers to comeforward to a solution to this doctrinal problem.In 2004 the US State department revokedProfessor Ramadan’s work visa at the recommendation of the department ofHomeland Security shortly before he was due to begin teaching Islam, Conflict Resolutionand Peace Building at Indiana’s Notre Dame University, citing a “publicsecurity risk”. Ramadan was recently appointed toan elite government task force that reports to Tony Blair and the HomeSecretary Charles Clarke in the wake of the Londonbombings to help combat the rise of Islamic extremism in Britain.Dr Edie Friedman, director of theJewish Council for Racial Equality said that “some members of the Jewishcommunity have had positive contact” with Tariq Ramadan.  Dr Friedman said that although she has heard “both positive and negativethings about him” she “welcomes his appointment” and “looks forward to workingwith him”.Jeremy Seeff and Tikva Blaukopf, co-presidentsof the Oxford University Jewish Society said, “Professor Ramadan has a fine academicrecord” and that as long as “any personal religious and political inclinationshe has do not affect his teaching and in any way sour the atmosphere on campus,JSoc has no objection to Professor Ramadan’s appointment”. Hassan Malik, President of OxfordUniversity Islamic Society, said that “one may have disagreementswith Professor Ramadan” but that “differencesof opinion are allowed within reason” and that “his appointment should be goodfor the Oxford community,as he has received some bad press and allegations which were totally unfounded”.He added that Professor Ramadan is“working to create unity amongst different faiths” and that “for this he should be commended”.Professor Ramadan told Cherwell, “I’m happyto be here”, and described his work as “important in bridging the gap betweentwo worlds. It is really interesting for me meeting interesting and challengingpeople, asking questions about the future of Islam in Europeand in Islamic majority countries”.ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005last_img read more

Arsenal chief Josh Kroenke reveals meeting with Unai Emery and Raul Sanllehi

first_imgArsenal chief Josh Kroenke reveals meeting with Unai Emery and Raul Sanllehi Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Feb 2019 10:29 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Unai Emery hosted a dinner to discuss Arsenal’s long-term strategy (Getty Images)Arsenal boss Unai Emery hosted a dinner to discuss Arsenal’s future with the club’s director Josh Kroenke, director of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham.Emery’s task is to get Arsenal back into the Champions League and the Gunners look set to battle Chelsea and Manchester United for a top-four finish in the Premier League.The Spaniard, who replaced Arsene Wenger in the summer, could also deliver some silverware in his first season as Arsenal remain in the Europa League.And Kroenke, who is the son of Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan, has revealed he held lengthy discussions with Emery about the club’s long-term strategy during a dinner before Christmas.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We had a wonderful meal and talked about the journey we are on,’ says Kroenke told the Daily Telegraph. Advertisement Josh Kroenke is buoyed by Arsenal’s future under Emery (Getty Images)‘It felt good to look into people’s eyes and know you are on the same page. As a group we are unified. We talked about climbing the mountain together.‘We have obviously been through a period of change following a manager leaving after 22 years.‘A lot of things come along with a transition of that magnitude. We knew this would be a process and, overall, I think we are pleased with our progress.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think if you look at where we were 12 months ago, you can see we were probably transitioning towards a North American or continental European model where there is a lot of support around the head coach. That job is so massive.‘You can see the organisational structure we are trying to implement and we are still in the process of filling out those positions.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Commentlast_img read more