Middle East studies in the News
New 'Rape' Case Filed Against Islamist Tariq Ramadan
A complaint was filed Friday in France against the Islamist philosopher and theologian Tariq Ramadan, for rape and sexual assault, following accusations of raping Salafist-turned secular liberal activist Henda Ayari.
Three days after the opening of an investigation similar accusations against him, were filed on Friday, reported AFP.
Ayari lawyer Eric Morain added that he has received other testimonials from women who are thinking of filing a complaint against the intellectual for harassment or sexual assault.
Ayari filed a case on October 20 against Swiss-Muslim thinker Ramadan, the grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood founder, of raping and sexually assaulting her in a Paris hotel room in 2012.
She was interrogated for six hours by police in Rouen (Normandy, north-west), said her lawyer, the day after the opening of an investigation by the Paris prosecutor for "rape, sexual assault, violence and death threats ".
According to Le Parisien, a new complainant is filled by a disabled 42-year-old woman, who converted to Islam claiming brutal sexual violence at a big hotel, in autumn 2009.
In the aftermath of the first complaint, Tariq Ramadan denied the accusations and in turn complained Monday for "slanderous denunciation" against Ms. Ayari.
Ramadan is the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood Hassan al-Banna and currently a professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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