Austrian Institute Invites Tariq Ramadan To Speak At Conference Along With European Governmental Leaders


Muslim Brotherhood figure Tariq Ramadan has been invited to speak at the 25th Anniversary Conference of the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Institute for Human Sciences) to be held from 9–11 November 2007 in Vienna, Austria. The subject of the conference is “International Solidarity” and sponsors include several German ministries as well as the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations. Also speaking are a large number of academic from various countries as well as the Italian Foreign Minister and Joschka Fischer, former German Minister of Foreign Affairs. Ramadan is an extremely important figure within the Global Muslim Brotherhood network, perhaps best described as an independent power base with sufficient stature as the son of Said Ramadan, and the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood to challenge positions taken by important Brotherhood leaders. His statements and writings have been extensively analyzed and he has been accused by critics of promoting anti-Semitism and fundamentalism, albeit by subtle means. On the other hand, his supporters promote him as as example of an Islamic reformer who is in the forefront of developing a “Euro Islam.”


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