Tariq Ramadan

  • Dans les traditions sunnites comme chiites, quels sont les principes et les valeurs de l´éthique sur les plans théoriques et pratiques ?
    Cet essai présente les sources et les différents domaines d´étude de l´éthique dans les domaines du droit, de la théologie, de la philosophie et de la mystique (soufisme).
    Il aborde le dialogue et la collaboration entre civilisations, religions et spiritualités dans notre monde. L´éthique y est examinée avec des cas pratiques dans les champs de la médecine, la psychologie, l´environnement, l´économie, etc.
    Ce livre parle de l´Homme, des finalités des questionnements religieux, philosophiques, mystiques et professionnels de façon rigoureuse, documentée, accessible et en lien direct avec les défis de notre temps.

  • Les musulmans d'Occident, d'Europe comme des États-Unis, se sont définitivement inscrits dans leurs pays respectifs. Après des années d'une présence pensée de façon temporaire, le temps est venu pour les nouvelles générations d'élaborer une réflexion sur les sources scripturaires, les fondements religieux et éthiques et leur enracinement dans les sociétés sécularisées. Les musulmans en Occident doivent-ils se considérer sur un sol étranger, gouvernés par la contrainte, avec le seul devoir de se protéger d'un environnement « hostile » ? Ou doivent-ils se sentir « chez eux » et agir en tant que véritables citoyens ? En nommant les pays occidentaux dar ash-shahada (espace du témoignage), les musulmans dépassent ainsi l'ancienne vision bipolaire mettant face à face Dar al-harb (la demeure de la guerre) et Dar al-islam (la demeure de l'islam). Se considérant pleinement témoins devant l'humanité - selon la formule coranique -, ils portent dès lors témoignage de ce qu'ils sont et de leurs valeurs, dans une authentique contribution. Il s'agit pour les musulmans de rester tout à la fois fidèles à leurs valeurs et en phase avec leur environnement. Autrement dit : il n'est pas question d'être moins musulman pour être plus occidental ou européen. Il est possible, affirme Tariq Ramadan, d'être des musulmans convaincus, sincères et pratiquants et d'authentiques citoyens européens.

  • Le Prophète tient une place particulière dans la conscience et la vie des musulmans d'hier et d'aujourd'hui. Cet homme a agi et transformé le monde à la lumière des révélations et des inspirations qui lui sont parvenues de Dieu, de son Éducateur, et c'est cette humanité assumée, élue et inspirée qui fait de Muhammad un exemple et un guide pour les fidèles musulmans. Ces deux dimensions ont intéressé Tariq Ramadan : l'humanité de l'homme et l'exemplarité du Prophète.
    Sa démarche a consisté à s'immerger dans la vie du Prophète est d'en extraire les enseignements spirituels atemporels. De fait, la biographie du Messager renvoie aux questions existentielles premières et éternelles : sa vie, en cela, est une initiation. Au VIIe siècle, dans un environnement social, politique et culturel déterminé, il a agi, réagi et s'est exprimé vis-à-vis d'êtres humains et d'événements au nom de sa foi, à la lumière de sa morale. Étudier son action dans ce contexte met en lumière des principes quant à la relation aux êtres humains, à la fraternité, à l'amour, à l'adversité, à la collectivité, à la justice, aux lois ou à la guerre. Tariq Ramadan observe cette vie avec l'éclairage de notre époque en en tirant les enseignements. Il est ici question d'immersion, de complicité et, au fond, d'amour.

  • Pas un jour sans que l'on entende parler de l'islam. Pourtant, cette religion reste particulièrement mal connue. Et les musulmans sont souvent sommés de se justifier sur ce que l'islam n'est pas. Cette initiation à l'islam a pour objectif d'introduire, de la façon la plus simple et la plus exacte, à l'islam, à ses principes, ses rituels, son histoire, sa diversité et son évolution, comme aux défis contemporains auxquels les musulmans font face. Didactique et accessible, cet essai n'a nulle visée apologétique, seulement informative. En retraçant l'histoire de l'islam, en expliquant ses références fondamentales, Tariq Ramadan présente un paysage fourni et détaillé de ce qu'il faut savoir sur l'islam : son Message, ses Textes, la vie de son Prophète, l'oeuvre de ses successeurs, le sens des mots islam, sharî'a et jihâd, les piliers de la foi, les règles sociales et spirituelles, etc. Sans perdre de vue les défis contemporains auxquels l'islam est confronté, il fait tomber préjugés et croyances infondées. L'ouvrage se complète d'un glossaire, d'un index et d'un abécédaire des idées reçues.

  • Tariq Ramadan is one of the most acclaimed figures in the analysis of Islam and its political dimensions today. In The Arab Awakening he explores the opportunities and challenges across North Africa and the Middle East, as they look to create new, more open societies. He asks: can Muslim countries bring together Islam, pluralism and democracy without betraying their identity? Will the Arab world be able to reclaim its memory to reinvent education, women's rights, social justice, economic growth and the fight against corruption? Can this emancipation be envisioned with Islam, experienced not as a straitjacket, but as an ethical and cultural wealth?

    Arguing that the debate cannot be reduced to a confrontation between two approaches - the modern and secular versus the traditional and Islamic - Ramadan demonstrates that not only are both of these routes in crisis, but that the Arab world has an historic opportunity: to stop blaming the West, to jettison its victim status and to create a truly new dynamic. Tariq Ramadan offers up a challenge to the Middle East: what enduring legacy will you produce, from the historic moment of the Arab Spring?

  • In The Quest for Meaning, Tariq Ramadan, philosopher and Islamic scholar, invites the reader to join him on a journey to the deep ocean of religious, secular, and indigenous spiritual traditions to explore the most pressing contemporary issues. Along the way, Ramadan interrogates the concepts that frame current debates including: faith and reason, emotions and spirituality, tradition and modernity, freedom, equality, universality, and civilization. He acknowledges the greatest flashpoints and attempts to bridge divergent paths to a common ground between these religious and intellectual traditions. He calls urgently for a deep and meaningful dialogue that leads us to go beyond tolerant co-existence to mutual respect and enrichment. Written in a both direct and meditative style this is an important, timely and intelligent book that aims to direct and shape debate around the most important questions of our time.

  • The essential introduction to Islam by a leading expert Hardly a day goes by without mention of Islam. And yet, for most people, and in much of the world, Islam remains a little-known religion. Whether the issue is violence, terrorism, women's rights or slavery, Muslims are today expected to provide answers and to justify what Islam is - or is not. But little opportunity exists, either in the media or in society as a whole, to describe Islam: precisely the question this short and extremely accessible book sets out to answer. In simple, direct language it will introduce readers to Islam, to its spirituality, its principles, its rituals, its diversity and its evolution.

  • Le récit d'une longue épreuve et d'une renaissance " Depuis le 20 octobre 2017, date de la première plainte déposée contre moi, un ouragan s'est abattu sur ma vie. Un impitoyable déluge médiatique.Ce livre n'est pas un plaidoyer pour ma défense. Il apporte des réponses à des questions essentielles : pourquoi les plaignantes ont-elles menti ? Pourquoi la présomption d'innocence n'a-t-elle compté pour rien ? Y a-t-il une explication politique à la façon dont mon dossier a été géré et instruit ? Je m'attache ici à réunir des éléments qui ont été omis, négligés ou tronqués.Je propose aussi une réflexion sur l'état de la société française, le fonctionnement de la justice, le système carcéral et la puissance des médias. Neuf mois et demi de prison : cette expérience douloureuse m'a permis de me livrer à un examen de conscience et de regarder en face ma vie, mon passé, mes erreurs et mes espérances. Elle ne remet pas en cause le message spirituel, humaniste et universel que je porte depuis tant d'années.Voici le récit, simple et sincère, d'une longue épreuve et d'une renaissance. "T. R.

  • La « question » de l´islam obsède l´Occident. Religion, laïcité, citoyenneté, immigration, intégration, multiculturalisme, extrémisme : sur ces sujets, tout concourt à détériorer son image. Et que dire de ces jeunes qui partent follement en guerre, au jihâd pensent-ils, pour rejoindre des groupes violents qui trahissent les enseignements les plus élémentaires de l´islam ?
    Dans cette confusion sans précédent, il importe de revenir aux principes et aux notions premières, en quête de solutions concrètes. Quelle conception de l´homme trouve-t-on au coeur du message islamique ? Comment le comprendre et l´incarner dans le contexte occidental ? Qu´en est-il de l´indispensable libération des femmes ? Comment lutter contre l´islamophobie ?
    Questions ici posées, avec rigueur et simplicité, à l´usage des femmes et des hommes, musulmans ou non, désireux de se comprendre, de dialoguer et de vivre ensemble dans la justice et la paix.
    Une introduction sereine à l´humanisme de l´islam.

  • A l'ère de la mondialisation, si l'on n'a jamais autant parlé de diversité et de pluralité, on s'enferme aussi toujours plus dans nos particularismes. Souvent, nous ignorons ceux à côté de qui nous vivons. Du fait de notre manque de confiance en nous, l'autre devient notre miroir négatif. Sa « différence » nous permet de nous définir, de nous « identifier » et, somme toute, de nous rassurer. La crainte, le doute et la méfiance colonisent notre coeur et notre esprit.
    Ce livre parle de sentiments, d'émotions, de convictions et de psychologie. Chaque chapitre aborde un thème philosophique différent : la quête de sens, l'universel, la liberté, la fraternité, la mémoire, l'amour, le pardon...
    Les notions d'égalité, de liberté, d'humanité, d'émotion et de mémoires appartiennent à toutes les traditions et à toutes les philosophies, et ne sont la propriété de personne. L'universel, selon l'auteur, ne peut être qu'un universel partagé. Le plus difficile, ce sont effectivement les premiers pas : quitter les siens, ses habitudes, son confort et ses certitudes pour se mettre en route vers de nouveaux horizons. Cela demande un effort, de la volonté... Accepter l'insécurité, apprécier l'empathie.
    C'est là que Tariq Ramadan nous emmène... vers l'Autre qui est en nous.

  • Ce livre de réflexion et de propositions est le produit d'une longue et profonde immersion dans l'univers des « sciences islamiques ». Les musulmans d'aujourd'hui, en Orient comme en Occident, ont un besoin urgent d'un fiqh (droit et jurisprudence) contemporain distinguant ce qui, dans les textes, est immuable de ce qui est amené à changer. Cette approche devrait permettre aux musulmans européens de répondre aux questions qui se posent à eux dans les sociétés sécularisées où le référent religieux joue un rôle secondaire dans la vie publique.
    Cette démarche est le produit d'un questionnement sur la nature des crises, des difficultés et des blocages qui paralysent la pensée musulmane contemporaine : pourquoi donc le recours à l'ijtihâd, depuis si longtemps convoqué, ne produit-il finalement pas le renouveau escompté ? Pourquoi l'esprit novateur, audacieux et créatif de l'origine a-t-il laissé la place à des démarches frileuses qui ne pensent la réforme qu'en terme d'adaptation au monde et non plus avec la volonté et l'énergie de sa transformation ? Comment expliquer et appréhender cette scission et ce fossé immense entre les « sciences islamiques » (ou « sciences sacrées ») et toutes les « autres sciences », qui délimitent des champs d'autorité distincts et bien gardés mais qui ne permettent pas de répondre comme il se doit aux défis de l'époque ?
    Tariq Ramadan propose ici une nouvelle méthodologie quant aux fondements et aux sources du droit et de la jurisprudence (usûl al-fiqh). Non pour se soumettre aux évolutions sociales et scientifiques, mais pour apporter une contribution éthique, un supplément d'âme, d'humanité et de créativité aux sociétés, aux sciences et aux progrès humains.

  • Edgar Morin, philosophe militant pour une réforme de pensée qui affronte les complexités, et Tariq Ramadan, penseur et théologien militant pour une réforme radicale de la tradition islamique, dialoguent ensemble sur leurs divergences et sur la nécessité d'un humanisme revivifié. Les interlocuteurs, au-delà de leurs désaccords, attestent l'urgence d'affronter les problèmes essentiels de notre humanité et de résister au pire. De cette rencontre féconde naissent ces échanges sur la condition humaine et les grandes questions de notre temps – de l'économie à l'art, de la philosophie à l'histoire, en passant par l'anthropologie et les sciences. Un livre-manifeste, contre le repli sur soi, une exhortation à l'ouverture et au dialogue.

  • Rencontre peu banale : le « penseur de la complexité » face à l'islamologue réformiste, le descendant de marranes face au petit-fils du fondateur des Frères musulmans, le juif agnostique engagé pour les droits palestiniens face à l'intellectuel musulman qui dénonce les relais de la propagande israélienne, l'ex-communiste qui dialogue avec Hessel et Hollande face à l'islamologue préféré d'une certaine gauche altermondialiste, le « fréquentable » Edgar Morin face à l'« infréquentable » Tariq Ramadan...
    Loin des clichés attachés à leurs réputations, ce sont surtout deux intellectuels ancrés dans leur époque qui débattent ici de tous les sujets qui les rapprochent ou les éloignent : le conflit israélo-palestinien, l'islamisme et le terrorisme, l'antisémitisme et l'islamophobie, le communautarisme et la laïcité, les droits des femmes, la mondialisation et les révolutions arabes... Mais aussi leur conception de l´éducation républicaine.

  • Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most important innovators of the century, Tariq Ramadan is a leading Muslim scholar, with a large following especially among young European and American Muslims. Now, in his first book written for a wide audience, he offers a marvelous biography of the Prophet Muhammad, one that highlights the spiritual and ethical teachings of one of the most influential figures in human history.

    In the Footsteps of the Prophet is a fresh and perceptive look at Muhammad, capturing a life that was often eventful, gripping, and highly charged. Ramadan provides both an intimate portrait of a man who was shy, kind, but determined, as well as a dramatic chronicle of a leader who launched a great religion and inspired a vast empire. More important, Ramadan presents the main events of the Prophet's life in a way that highlights his spiritual and ethical teachings. The book underscores the significance of the Prophet's example for some of today's most controversial issues, such as the treatment of the poor, the role of women, Islamic criminal punishments, war, racism, and relations with other religions. Selecting those facts and stories from which we can draw a profound and vivid spiritual picture, the author asks how can the Prophet's life remain -- or become again -- an example, a model, and an inspiration? And how can Muslims move from formalism -- a fixation on ritual -- toward a committed spiritual and social presence?

    In this thoughtful and engaging biography, Ramadan offers Muslims a new understanding of Muhammad's life and he introduces non-Muslims not just to the story of the Prophet, but to the spiritual and ethical riches of Islam.

  • One of the most important developments in the modern history of the Middle East, the so-called Arab Spring began in Tunisia in December 2010, bringing down dictators, sparking a civil war in Libya, and igniting a bloody uprising in Syria. Its long-term repercussions in Egypt and elsewhere remain unclear. Now one of the world's leading Islamic thinkers examines and explains it, in this searching, provocative, and necessary book.
    Time Magazine named Tariq Ramadan one of the most important innovators of the twenty-first century. A Muslim intellectual and prolific author, he has won global renown for his reflections on Islam and the contemporary challenges in both the Muslim majority societies and the West. In Islam and the Arab Awakening, he explores the uprisings, offering rare insight into their origin, significance, and possible futures. As early as 2003, he writes, there had been talk of democratization in the Middle East and North Africa. The U.S. government and private organizations set up networks and provided training for young leaders, especially in the use of the Internet and social media, and the West abandoned its unconditional support of authoritarian governments. But the West did not create the uprisings. Indeed, one lesson Ramadan presents is that these mass movements and their consequences cannot be totally controlled. Something irreversible has taken place: dictators have been overthrown without weapons. But, he writes, democratic processes are only beginning to emerge, and unanswered questions remain. What role will religion play? How should Islamic principles and goals be rethought? Can a sterile, polarizing debate between Islamism and secularism be avoided?
    Avoiding both naive confidence and conspiratorial paranoia, Ramadan voices a tentative optimism. If a true civil society can be established, he argues, this moment's fragile hope will live.

  • Tariq Ramadan is very much a public figure, named one of Time magazine's most important innovators of the twenty-first century. He is among the leading Islamic thinkers in the West, with a large following around the world. But he has also been a lightning rod for controversy. Indeed, in 2004, Ramadan was prevented from entering the U.S. by the Bush administration and despite two appeals, supported by organizations like the American Academy of Religion and the ACLU, he was barred from the country until spring of 2010, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finally lifted the ban.
    In What I Believe, Ramadan attempts to set the record straight, laying out the basic ideas he stands for in clear and accessible prose. He describes the book as a work of clarification, directed at ordinary citizens, politicians, journalists, and others who are curious (or skeptical) about his positions. Aware that that he is dealing with emotional issues, Ramadan tries to get past the barriers of prejudice and misunderstanding to speak directly, from the heart, to his Muslim and non-Muslim readers alike. In particular, he calls on Western Muslims to escape the mental, social, cultural, and religious ghettos they have created for themselves and become full partners in the democratic societies in which they live. At the same time, he calls for the rest of us to recognize our Muslim neighbors as citizens with rights and responsibilities the same as ours. His vision is of a future in which a shared and confident pluralism becomes a reality at last.

  • In a Western world suddenly acutely interested in Islam, one question has been repeatedly heard above the din: where are the Muslim reformers? With this ambitious volume, Tariq Ramadan firmly establishes himself as one of Europe's leading thinkers and one of Islam's most innovative and important voices.
    As the number of Muslims living in the West grows, the question of what it means to be a Western Muslim becomes increasingly important to the futures of both Islam and the West. While the media are focused on radical Islam, Ramadan claims, a silent revolution is sweeping Islamic communities in the West, as Muslims actively seek ways to live in harmony with their faith within a Western context. French, English, German, and American Muslims--women as well as men--are reshaping their religion into one that is faithful to the principles of Islam, dressed in European and American cultures, and definitively rooted in Western societies.
    Ramadan's goal is to create an independent Western Islam, anchored not in the traditions of Islamic countries but in the cultural reality of the West. He begins by offering a fresh reading of Islamic sources, interpreting them for a Western context and demonstrating how a new understanding of universal Islamic principles can open the door to integration into Western societies. He then shows how these principles can be put to practical use. Ramadan contends that Muslims can-indeed must-be faithful to their principles while participating fully in the civic life of Western secular societies. Grounded in scholarship and bold in its aims, Western Muslims and the Future of Islam offers a striking vision of a new Muslim Identity, one which rejects once and for all the idea that Islam must be defined in opposition to the West.

  • In a Western world suddenly acutely interested in Islam, one question has been repeatedly heard above the din: where are the Muslim reformers? With this ambitious volume, Tariq Ramadan firmly establishes himself as one of Europe's leading thinkers and one of Islam's most innovative and important voices.
    As the number of Muslims living in the West grows, the question of what it means to be a Western Muslim becomes increasingly important to the futures of both Islam and the West. While the media are focused on radical Islam, Ramadan claims, a silent revolution is sweeping Islamic communities in the West, as Muslims actively seek ways to live in harmony with their faith within a Western context. French, English, German, and American Muslims--women as well as men--are reshaping their religion into one that is faithful to the principles of Islam, dressed in European and American cultures, and definitively rooted in Western societies.
    Ramadan's goal is to create an independent Western Islam, anchored not in the traditions of Islamic countries but in the cultural reality of the West. He begins by offering a fresh reading of Islamic sources, interpreting them for a Western context and demonstrating how a new understanding of universal Islamic principles can open the door to integration into Western societies. He then shows how these principles can be put to practical use. Ramadan contends that Muslims can-indeed must-be faithful to their principles while participating fully in the civic life of Western secular societies. Grounded in scholarship and bold in its aims, Western Muslims and the Future of Islam offers a striking vision of a new Muslim Identity, one which rejects once and for all the idea that Islam must be defined in opposition to the West.

  • One of the most important developments in the modern history of the Middle East, the so-called Arab Spring began in Tunisia in December 2010, bringing down dictators, sparking a civil war in Libya, and igniting a bloody uprising in Syria. Its long-term repercussions in Egypt and elsewhere remain unclear. Now one of the world's leading Islamic thinkers examines and explains it, in this searching, provocative, and necessary book.
    Time Magazine named Tariq Ramadan one of the most important innovators of the twenty-first century. A Muslim intellectual and prolific author, he has won global renown for his reflections on Islam and the contemporary challenges in both the Muslim majority societies and the West. In Islam and the Arab Awakening, he explores the uprisings, offering rare insight into their origin, significance, and possible futures. As early as 2003, he writes, there had been talk of democratization in the Middle East and North Africa. The U.S. government and private organizations set up networks and provided training for young leaders, especially in the use of the Internet and social media, and the West abandoned its unconditional support of authoritarian governments. But the West did not create the uprisings. Indeed, one lesson Ramadan presents is that these mass movements and their consequences cannot be totally controlled. Something irreversible has taken place: dictators have been overthrown without weapons. But, he writes, democratic processes are only beginning to emerge, and unanswered questions remain. What role will religion play? How should Islamic principles and goals be rethought? Can a sterile, polarizing debate between Islamism and secularism be avoided?
    Avoiding both naive confidence and conspiratorial paranoia, Ramadan voices a tentative optimism. If a true civil society can be established, he argues, this moment's fragile hope will live.

  • Tariq Ramadan is very much a public figure, named one of Time magazine's most important innovators of the twenty-first century. He is among the leading Islamic thinkers in the West, with a large following around the world. But he has also been a lightning rod for controversy. Indeed, in 2004, Ramadan was prevented from entering the U.S. by the Bush administration and despite two appeals, supported by organizations like the American Academy of Religion and the ACLU, he was barred from the country until spring of 2010, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finally lifted the ban.
    In What I Believe, Ramadan attempts to set the record straight, laying out the basic ideas he stands for in clear and accessible prose. He describes the book as a work of clarification, directed at ordinary citizens, politicians, journalists, and others who are curious (or skeptical) about his positions. Aware that that he is dealing with emotional issues, Ramadan tries to get past the barriers of prejudice and misunderstanding to speak directly, from the heart, to his Muslim and non-Muslim readers alike. In particular, he calls on Western Muslims to escape the mental, social, cultural, and religious ghettos they have created for themselves and become full partners in the democratic societies in which they live. At the same time, he calls for the rest of us to recognize our Muslim neighbors as citizens with rights and responsibilities the same as ours. His vision is of a future in which a shared and confident pluralism becomes a reality at last.

  • Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most important innovators of the century, Tariq Ramadan is a leading Muslim scholar, with a large following especially among young European and American Muslims. Now, in his first book written for a wide audience, he offers a marvelous biography of the Prophet Muhammad, one that highlights the spiritual and ethical teachings of one of the most influential figures in human history.

    In the Footsteps of the Prophet is a fresh and perceptive look at Muhammad, capturing a life that was often eventful, gripping, and highly charged. Ramadan provides both an intimate portrait of a man who was shy, kind, but determined, as well as a dramatic chronicle of a leader who launched a great religion and inspired a vast empire. More important, Ramadan presents the main events of the Prophet's life in a way that highlights his spiritual and ethical teachings. The book underscores the significance of the Prophet's example for some of today's most controversial issues, such as the treatment of the poor, the role of women, Islamic criminal punishments, war, racism, and relations with other religions. Selecting those facts and stories from which we can draw a profound and vivid spiritual picture, the author asks how can the Prophet's life remain -- or become again -- an example, a model, and an inspiration? And how can Muslims move from formalism -- a fixation on ritual -- toward a committed spiritual and social presence?

    In this thoughtful and engaging biography, Ramadan offers Muslims a new understanding of Muhammad's life and he introduces non-Muslims not just to the story of the Prophet, but to the spiritual and ethical riches of Islam.

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