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Islamophobia is wrong, and so is sexual violence: response to Tariq Ramadan’s sexual assault cases

Islamophobia is wrong, and so is sexual violence: response to Tariq Ramadan’s sexual assault cases

Islamophobia is wrong, and so is sexual violence: response to Tariq Ramadan’s sexual assault cases
— À lire sur orbala.net/2019/01/28/islamophobia-is-wrong-and-so-is-sexual-violence-response-to-tariq-ramadans-sexual-assault-cases/

This is such an important post, and probably the most thoughtful on the subject so far. I remember being both shocked an angry when this story came out since, prior to that, Tariq Ramadan was actually one of my favourite scholars in large part because of his ‘contemporary-ness’ — which lacks in many religious circles — but also because of his writings on gender. As mentioned, for some men patriarchy is basically an imaginary problem that isn’t taken seriously. Now, however I see through everything much more clearly. Him, like a signifiant chunk of other rapists, has a favourable outside image but dark secrets hiding behind it. I guess that’s all part of how they can do this and get away with it for so long — but never forever.

I am deeply disappointed that a scholar that I too had trusted (is it weird that right now I feel spiritually violated?) would actually turn out to be a monster but I am even more disappointed at the discourse surrounding this. After everything, all the women (and some men in other cases) that have come forward since the beginning of the #MeToo era, it seems like little progress has been made. I applaud the women who have come forward, support them unconditionally, and wish them healing. Now the task that awaits me is deleting this pervert’s name from my religion, and from this blog. Good riddance.