When it comes to the Muslim Brotherhood, there's no such thing as a 'moderate'

Religious leaders and thinkers frequently portray themselves as being beyond politics, with obligations only to the truth as they see it.  Often, Western media figures eagerly accept this narrative when it suits them, particularly when the religious figure in question makes a convenient rebuttal to political views those media figures dislike.  Such is the case with Tariq Ramadan, the Swiss-born Muslim thinker and Oxford academic, who was widely held up as an influential religious moderate before his 2017 arrest for rape. Perhaps it is this image of sage disinterestedness that makes it all the more shocking when a prominent religious voice is found to be on someone's payroll.  But with Ramadan, it should come as less of a surprise.  The grandson of Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Ramadan has long been accused of a pro-Brotherhood agenda by researchers and anti-Brotherhood activists.  Now new research has...(Read Full Post)
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