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Old February 24, 2011, 01:40 PM
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Default Rethinking Islamic Reform

Guest Speakers:
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson
Professor Tariq Ramadan
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford University
Rethinking Islamic Reform

In the post 9/11 world, it has grown to be an axiomatic truth that Islam needs to reform. Whether it is Western policy-makers seeking to protect themselves from Muslim extremists, humanitarian activists fighting to liberate silenced Muslims, or Muslims themselves responding to new paradigms faced in the 21st century, all are agreed that something within the tradition of Islam needs to change. The question though, is what, and perhaps more pertinently, how?

The drive to reform has spurred many projects with diverging aims and often contradictory trajectories, yet the notion of reform itself, despite being one of the most oft-repeated, remains ill-defined. Indeed, some reform projects have been judged to be wholly inattentive, if not injurious, to the Muslim communities they claim to be serving. A 2010 House of Commons' Committee highlighted the sensitivity of the issue, reporting that much of the effort towards reform has resulted in 'stigmatising' and 'potentially alienating' the Muslim community.

Considering widespread readiness to support Islamic reform, effective management and guidance must be provided to ensure the success of this pursuit. Thus, at this decisive historical juncture, it is crucial that voices which command the intellectual respect and trust of the Muslim public are engaged. Our two esteemed guest speakers, Hamza Yusuf and Tariq Ramadan, provide precisely that: the leading figures in this field, both are active and sensitive contributors to Western political discourse whilst being able to authoritatively communicate mainstream Islamic opinions to Western audiences.

Invitations for this event extended to ministers, policy advisors, think tanks, journalists, theologians, scholars and other public figures with an interest in the field of Islamic Reform.

Drawing on the expertise of the speakers and that of the prospective audience, this instructive conference seeks to clarify and answer: What is reform? What is legitimate reform? What are its spheres and remits? Why have reform movements been met with distrust and trepidation by the Muslim grass-roots? What roles, if any, should governments play in Islamic reform? What are the challenges they face?

Ultimately, this conference aims to address: What type of reform is needed, and how should this reform come into effect?


Rethinking Islamic Reform: Hamza Yusuf & Tariq Ramadan from Rethinking Islamic Reform on Vimeo.

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Old February 24, 2011, 03:49 PM
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Nice. Going to watch it now.

While I do find Hamza Yusuf to be very articulate, I find some of his ideas on some issues tend to become very idealistic and divorced from reality. Tariq Ramadan on the otherhand has always struck me as the most articulate and insightful thinker in the world today with a very pragmatic and practicable philosophy as regards to Muslim identity and issues.

Thanks for the thread.
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Old February 24, 2011, 03:59 PM
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Thank you Akhi for the thread! Good discussion.
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Old February 24, 2011, 04:01 PM
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Good read. Thanx for sharing
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You're welcome, brothers.
Ammar, thanks for embedding the video. Both Shaikh Hamza Yusuf and Prof. Tariq Ramadan are brilliant in their own way. May Allah bless them!
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Old July 9, 2013, 07:09 PM
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Here's another Oxford Union debate that was published 6 days ago. The topic for the house was "Islam is a Peaceful Religion". A very astute and argumentative retort by Mehdi Hasan -

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