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Tariq Ramadan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195183566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183566.001.0001

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(p.224) Conclusion
Western Muslims and the Future of Islam

Tariq Ramadan

Oxford University Press

The reform movement that is in the process of being born has as its first requirement knowledge of the comprehensive message of Islam, its universal principles, and the tools available to help human beings to adapt themselves to their society as well as to change the world. This reform movement requires a true intellectual revolution that will make it possible to be reconciled to the universality of Islamic values and to stop considering the marginalized minority. Through involvement in education reform, social and political participation, economic resistance, interreligious dialogue, and contributions to culture, people will be much more successful than if they persist in solitary confrontation and continual complaint. Muslims in the West will play a decisive role in the evolution of Islam worldwide because of the nature and complexity of the challenges they face, and in this their responsibility is doubly essential.

Keywords:   reform movement, Islam, Muslims, educational reform, interreligious dialogue, political participation, culture, West, economic resistance

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