“The Words and Its Signs” : A Lecture by Professor Tariq Ramadan (31st Jan. 2015) 🗓

A Lecture by Professor Tariq Ramadan
Date: 31 January 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 10.30 am
Venue: IAMM Auditorium

For Muslims the Qur’an stands as the text of reference, the source and the essence of the message transmitted to humanity by the Creator. It is the last of a lengthy series of revelations addressed to mankind down through history. It is the Word of God — but it is not God. The Qur’an makes known, reveals and guides: it is a light that responds to the quest for meaning. The Qur’an is remembrance of all previous messages, those of Nuh and Ibrahim, of Musa and Isa. Like them, it reminds and instructs our consciousness: life has meaning, facts are signs. The text is one, but it always be borne in mind that its readings are multiple.

Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St Antony’s College) and also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology. He is Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, (Qatar) and the University of Malaysia Perlis; Senior Research Fellow at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) (Doha, Qatar).

He holds an MA in Philosophy and French literature and PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Geneva. In Cairo, Egypt he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic scholarship from Al-Azhar University scholars (ijazat in seven disciplines). Through his writings and lectures Tariq has contributed to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world. He is active at academic and grassroots levels lecturing extensively throughout the world on theology, ethics, social justice, ecology and interfaith as well intercultural dialogue. He is President of the European think tank: European Muslim Network (EMN) in Brussels. He is a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.