The Truthteller and The Taqiyya Artist
Ibn Warraq, writing in the February 29, 2008 City Journal reviews Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan, by Caroline Fourest: “The Pious Fraud: Tariq Ramadan, Islamist and equivocator”
Ibn Warraq, author of the landmark Why I Am Not a Muslim (1995), since 1998 has edited several books of Koranic criticism and on the origins of Islam, including Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out, Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism, and Which Koran? (forthcoming).
Read every word of Warraq’s review of Caroline Fourest’s remarkable investigative analysis of our era’s foremost cultural jihadist—a point perhaps overlooked given the apt characterization of the pseudo-intellectual Ramadan by author-essayist Theodore Dalrymple as the “second-hand car salesman of Islamic fundamentalism.”
Here is Warraq’s conclusion:
Fourest has rendered an invaluable service. She demonstrates with great skill that Ramadan is a dangerous radical who, far from modernizing Islam, is in fact attempting to Islamize modernity. Of undoubted ability and charisma, but with no respect for or allegiance to Western values of liberty, Ramadan is poisoning the minds of young Muslims in the West. He spreads his message through personal appearances and with the sale of tens of thousands of cassettes through Tawhid, an Islamist publishing house with close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Under Ramadan’s influence, Islamist youths develop a hatred for Western values and dream of creating a totalitarian Islamic theocracy, not only in the heart of Europe, but eventually the entire globe, until, in the words of al-Banna, “the Islamic banner . . . waves supreme over the human race.”