Penang Monthly editor Ooi Kee Beng and Roketkini editor Wan Hamidi Hamid interview Professor Tariq Ramadan on the sidelines of the 3rd Penang in Asia Lecture organised by Penang Institute at Traders Hotel on July 17, 2012. The writings of Tariq Ramadan have often been criticised for being contradictory, and in this conversation, they seek to understand the apparent tension between the thinker and his audience. Tariq Ramadan is Swiss-born, is Professor in Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University and was listed among the 100 most influential people in the 21st century by Time Magazine in 2004. He is the author of many noted books, the latest of which is on the Arab Spring, titled The Arab Awakening.
Ooi Kee Beng: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us after your very long day. Again, welcome to Penang. The point you made in your speech today, which struck me the most, was that about the lack of confidence on the part of Muslim societies today. I know you have talked often about this, and you have a list of seven “Cs”, the two most intriguing of which I find to be Confidence and Compassion. Can you elaborate on these for us?
Tariq Ramadan: I mention the seven “Cs” in my book What I Believe (2009). I was referring generally to Muslims in contemporary times.
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