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6.30-8.00pm | Monday 18 October 2010
Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies, University of Oxford and Senior Research Fellow, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan
Simon Glendinning, Director of the Forum for European Philosophy
In this public lecture Tariq Ramadan, philosopher and Islamic scholar talked about his new book The Quest for Meaning in which he invites the reader to join him on a journey to the deep ocean of religious, secular, and indigenous spiritual traditions to explore the most pressing contemporary issues. Along the way, Ramadan interrogates the concepts that frame current debates including: faith and reason, emotions and spirituality, tradition and modernity, freedom, equality, universality, and civilisation. He acknowledges the greatest flashpoints and attempts to bridge divergent paths to a common ground between these religious and intellectual traditions. He calls urgently for a deep and meaningful dialogue that leads us to go beyond tolerant co-existence to mutual respect and enrichment.