Dr Tariq Ramadan is H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, teaching in two Faculties of Oriental Studies and Theology & Religion. He is Senior Research Fellow at St Antony’s College (Oxford) and Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) ; Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, (Qatar) ; Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE, Doha, Qatar), President of the think tank European Muslim Network (EMN) in Brussels and a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.
He holds an MA in Philosophy and French literature and PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Geneva. In Cairo, Egypt he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic scholarship from Al-Azhar University scholars (ijazat teaching license in seven disciplines). Through his writings and lectures Tariq has contributed to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world. His research interests include the issues of Islamic legislation, politics, ethics, Sufism and the Islamic contemporary challenges in both the Muslim-majority countries and the West. He is active at both academic and grassroots levels.
He is the author of Au péril des idées with Edgar Morin ; The Arab Awakening : Islam and the New Middle East ; The Quest for Meaning : Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism ; Radical Reform : Islamic Ethics and Liberation ; In the Footsteps of the Prophet : Lessons from the Life of Muhammad ; and Western Muslims and the Future of Islam.
Global Ethics and Applied Ethics
Ethics plays a central role in the Islamic tradition. Before discussing both the necessary dialogue between religions and cultures and the applied ethics in different scientific fields, it is critical to come back to the Islamic teachings and try to understand how ethical values and principles are produced from within. This introductory lecture will discuss the three main sources of Islamic ethics : law (fiqh), philosophy-theology (kalâm, falsafa) and sufism (tasawwuf). Relying on this first part, we will address the question of Universal Ethics (or “global ethics” as Hans Kung put it) and the ways towards an efficient implementation of ethics in human or experimental sciences (applied ethics) .