By Caroline Fourest

Tariq Ramadan is a world phenomenon. A Swiss-born Muslim activist, he's the grandson of the founding father of the Muslim Brotherhood, the unconventional team credited with inspiring sleek Islamic radicalism. Ramadan is fluent in English, French and Arabic. In Europe, he's the main quoted and circulated author on Islam. His writings are a customary function of significant English-speaking newspapers, yet his genuine message is published in his speeches to Muslim teams in France, Africa, and the center East. Caroline Fourest has conscientiously transcribed and translated these speeches and indicates that Ramdan's inventive rhetoric is a malicious program, fostering the anti-Semitic and anti-Christian values of fundamentalist Islam on its most recent battlefield: Western civilization.

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Since then it has not been uncommon to hear non-Islamist militants-even secular militants-tell you, with the most naive candor, that al-Banna was "a great reformer" and that the Muslim Brotherhood was "a liberation movement. "23 The Guide was at last to have the opportunity to demonstrate his gift for organization. He began with a piece of advice that would provide the Muslim Brotherhood with the means to survive the obstacles that repression was to bring-and to counter its critics: the cult of the informal.

In these cassetteswhich are, in effect, taped lectures-Tariq Ramadan begins by introducing the Brotherhood's ideology and its theoreticians. " Far from expressing any reservations regarding the fanaticism that is an integral part of al-Banna's ideology, he accuses those who would point to the unsavory aspects of his political and family heritage of conspiracy or post-colonial racism. "I° This unquestioning acceptance sometimes even finds its way into articles written for the general public. In a glossary that figures as an annex to the French edition of Etre musulman europeen [To Be a European Muslim]-which was originally intended as part of a special issue of the weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur-his grandfather is presented in these terms: "Hassan al-Banna: founder ofthe Muslim Brotherhood, often cited but seldom read.

6. We want the Islamic flag to be hoisted once again on high, fluttering in the wind, in all those lands that have had the good fortune to harbor Islam for a certain period of time and where the muezzin's call has sounded in the takbirs and the tahlis. Then fate decreed that the light of Islam be extinguished in these lands that returned to unbelief. Thus Andalusia, Sicily, the Balkans, the Italian coast, as well as the islands of the Mediterranean, are all of them Muslim Mediterranean colonies and they must return to the Islamic fold.

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