Police Question Prominent Scholar Tariq Ramadan Following Rape Allegations

Laura Christensen
February 1, 2018

French police have questioned prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan over allegations over rape and sexual assault. But two French newspapers reported a year ago that Ramadan had committed rape in 2009 and a sexual assault in 2012.

Ayari, a self-described "secular Muslim" who used to practise an ultra-conservative strain of Islam that she has since renounced, detailed her rape allegations in a book published previous year, without naming Ramadan.

A judicial source confirmed to Reuters that Ramadan was taken into custody on Wednesday.

She filed a complaint with French authorities in Rouen accusing Ramadan of sexually harassing her, raping her, and issuing death threats towards her.

The allegations emerged late a year ago and prompted Ramadan to take a leave of absence from his post at Oxford.

Four other women have accused Ramadan of making sexual advances toward them while they were students, BBC reported.

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The writer and activist had described the attack in a 2016 book without naming Ramadan as the alleged attacker.

A second woman claimed the scholar raped her at a Hilton Hotel in Lyon in 2009.

Ramadan is an influential and at times controversial commentator on modern Islam, known to challenge Islamic fundamentalists and encourage dialogue between faiths.

The main complainant against Ramadan, the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, is former Salafist Henda Ayari, 40.

He says all allegations are part of a "campaign of slander" by enemies.

Mr. Ramadan took a leave of absence from Oxford in November 2017 after two women filed complaints in France alleging rape.

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