- Sunday, February 8, 2009
- Western Muslims
Tariq Ramadan is a Western Muslim scholar and theologian living in Switzerland who has been genuinely seeking to address these dilemmas and concerns of Western Muslims. His theology responds to challenges and issues facing Western Muslims in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. In his book, Western Muslims and the Future of Islam, he seeks to provide answers to the multifaceted challenges and concerns of Western Muslims. Ramadan points out that his book is mainly written to a Western Muslim audience that is struggling on a daily basis with the many challenges of integration, engagement, absorption, and assimilation. Many of these Western Muslims also want to maintain a sincere faithfulness and commitment to their Islamic traditions and values. The daunting questions for these Western Muslims are: What is their identity as Western Muslims? How can they maintain two identities of being both Western and Muslim, which seems to be contradictory and conflicting?