Saturday, March 5, 2011

Tariq Ramadan and Slavoj Zizek on Arab Revolutions

If you are looking for some interesting analysis of recent events in the Arab world, although broadcast over a month ago on Al Jazeera - this interview with Tariq Ramadan and Slavoj Zizek is still worth watching.  Tariq Ramadan was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and the most influential Swiss citizen.  Born a Swiss national to Egyptian immigants, his grandfather was the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood.  Today he is Professor at Oxford and in Lausanne and he was, until last year, Professor at Erasmus University in Rotterdam - he was sacked when it became known that he had his own TV programme on Iranian state TV. He is regarded as the voice of modern European Muslims, and describes himself as "Neo-orthodox".  When he was appointed Professor at Notre Dame University in the USA some years ago the Bush regime revoked his visa, which gained him the nickname among Islamophobes "The Professor of Terror", which is patent nonsense.  Slavoj Zizek probably needs no introduction - Marxist-Leninist-Lacanian philosopher and revoutionary he is Professor of Philosophy in London at Birkbeck's Institute of Advanced Studies and at the University  of Ljubjana in Slovenia

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