Professor Tariq Ramadan

Tariq Ramadan is one of the most influential contemporary Islamic thinkers who has written extensively about the Europeanisation of Islam.

Ramadan’s personal authority, disseminated through his writings and speech, resonates not only with Muslims in the West (his main audience to date) but with an increasing number of young people in Muslim-majority countries.

Ramadan’s approach emphasises maqasid al-sharia, which underlines the basic concepts of sharia around which there is consensus, such as the protection of religion, life, intellect, lineage and property; yet allows for reinterpretation of the orthodox Islamic texts and laws in light of contemporary needs. While remaining true to sharia principles, it aims to involve ordinary Muslims in interpretations of sharia, not only to ensure that sharia remains relevant, but also to enable better integration in the West. This approach has major implications for what could be considered just in Islamic law.

Tariq Ramadan is professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at St Antony's College, Oxford, and is also linked to the Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) which aims to convert theory into practice across all areas of life, thus contributing to the establishment of an Islamic legislative and ethical framework.