Tariq Ramadan

We talk to Tariq Ramadan. He's a Swiss-born philosophy and Islamic scholar of Egyptian decent, whose grandfather founded the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Tariq Ramadan has been banned from Egypt by President Hosni Mubarak. We get his thoughts on Mubarak's departure, the protests in Egypt and what comes next for the country he still cares for deeply.


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Tariq Ramadan

The defiance in Cairo's Tahrir Square last night continues today with reports of gunfire as Egyptian soldiers fire into the air ... shooting over the heads of demonstrators while below those bullets - pro and anti-Mubarak demonstrators are clashing again today. There are numerous reports of local and foreign journalists being attacked and harassed by demonstrators and even rounded up by the military - ostensibly for their own safety.

Tariq Ramadan is watching the situation closely. He is considered one of the world's leading scholars on contemporary Islam. He teaches at Oxford University. He has strong personal ties to Egypt. His family is Egyptian, he was schooled there but he has since been banned because of his views. Tariq Ramadan flew into Vancouver late last night and he joined us this morning.

Tariq Ramadan is a Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University and the President of the European Muslim Network. His most recent book is The Quest for Meaning: Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism. He was in Vancouver to speak there tonight.

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