Secularism, Islam, & Democracy

On Thursday, April 8, 2010, the ACLU joined forces with the American Association for University Professors (AAUP), PEN American Center, and Slate to welcome Professor Tariq Ramadan in his first U.S. appearance since he was barred from entering the country in 2004.

The ACLU, AAUP, and PEN went to court to challenge the ideological exclusion of Ramadan, one of Europe’s most respected Islamic scholars. After an appeals court rejected the government’s basis for denying Professor Ramadan a visa, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued an order that effectively lifted Professor Ramadan’s exclusion.

The April 8 panel event, "Secularism, Islam, & Democracy: Muslims in Europe and the West" offered an American audience the first opportunity in five years for an American audience to hear Professor Ramadan present, discuss, and defend his views.

Tariq Ramadan
(Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies, Oxford University – in his first U.S. appearance since he was barred from the country in 2004)

Dalia Mogahed
(Senior Analyst and Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies)

George Packer
(Staff Writer, The New Yorker, and author of Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade)

Joan Wallach Scott
(Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, and author of The Politics of the Veil)

Moderated by Jacob Weisberg
(Journalist and Editor-in-Chief of The Slate Group)

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