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He's not coming to South Bend (I don't mean Jon Gruden). From the U. of Notre Dame website:

Tariq Ramadan, whose failure to obtain a U.S. visa prevented his teaching at the University of Notre Dame this fall, has resigned his faculty appointment, citing the stress on him and his family from the uncertainty of their situation, R. Scott Appleby, director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, announced today.

Nothing on The Observer yet. The students are probably too busy reading about the new coach, Charlie Weis.

And from the Associated Press:

"I'm abandoning the idea of moving to the United States," Tariq Ramadan told The Associated Press from Geneva. "I want to maintain my dignity." . . . "This is an obstacle to academic freedom of expression," [Ramadan] said.

Oh, Professor Ramadan, academic censorship is so terrible - unless it is censoring Voltaire's Mahomet, non? (see below)

Daniel Pipes has voiced his opinion on the resignation:

I was surprised to learn today that Tariq Ramadan has abandoned his attempt to teach at Notre Dame University [sic]. Given that the State Department was openly rooting for him to try again, given that the Department of Homeland Security questions were excluded from his immigration interview in Basel, given that the higher education and related lobbies were pulling for him to be allowed in, it seemed only a matter of time until he would be permitted entry to the United States to take up the university position. 

That he has formally resigned from Notre Dame suggests just how solid the DHS evidence against him is. And this, by the way, does not surprise me. A senior DHS official looked me hard in the eyes a few weeks ago and assured me, "The evidence we have is damning."

I'll put a link to this article, featuring Olivier Clement, but a summary will have to wait.

This blog doesn't really have a purpose anymore - now that its sine qua non is [temporarily] realized - but I'm going to keep it up and, possibly, will eventually post all of the other material that never made it up.

December 15, 2004 | Permalink


Well, Tariq Ramadan may not have gone to the Notre-Dame but went rather to OXFORD.. not bad huh? I d trade Oxford for ND any time any day.

Posted by: Kalyanova | Jun 3, 2008 12:37:22 PM

Dear Hatshepsut:

>>what's wrong with Foucault?

Well, I could go on and on, but in the interests of remaining on-point with this blog, I will give two statements:

1) Michel Foucault had a *huge* influence on the writings and thought of Edward Said, who has had a devastating effect on the humanities in the United States. Said's interpretation of the Israel/Palestine/Arab World situation was essentially Foucauldian - by "reframing" the conflict as big, bad Israel vs the oppressed Palestinians, Said and his supporters succeeded in removing any blame from the likes of Egypt, Jordan/Transjordan, Syria, and Lebanon for the problems in the Mideast. Foucault's fetish for "power relations" has permeated - with Said's help - throughout the humanities in the USA, to the point that a cigar isn't a cigar anymore - it is solely a tool of oppression.

2) Foucault was a supporter of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. You can read an article on the topic at http://www.wpunj.edu/~newpol/issue37/Afary37.htm . An apologist for the Ayatollah Assahola is no friend of mine, and should not be considered a friend of any supporter of Western Civilization.


Posted by: Darius_LaMonica | Dec 26, 2004 12:25:14 PM

what's wrong with Foucault?

Posted by: Hatshepsut | Dec 24, 2004 4:24:16 PM

Ramadan fired

good new for the United States

Bad new for us poor european

Posted by: sitbon | Dec 17, 2004 4:47:51 AM

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