Middle East studies in the News
Oxford Professor Accused of Sexual Misconduct With Swiss Minors [on Tariq Ramadan]
by Justin Huggler
An Oxford University professor and government adviser on tackling extremism is facing new allegations including sexual misconduct with minors.
Prof Tariq Ramadan was accused of rape last month by a French feminist author. He has denied the allegation and said he will sue for libel.
He is now facing new accusations from four Swiss women who say he made sexual advances to them when they were studying under him as teenagers in Geneva.
One of the women told Tribune de Geneve newspaper Prof Ramadan made unsuccessful sexual advances to her when she was 14 years old.
Another alleged he had sexual relations with her in the back of his car when she was 15 years old.
The other two women said they were 18 when they had sexual relations with him, but accused him of abusing his position of power as their teacher.
Prof Ramadan was accused of rape by the French author Henda Ayari last month.
Since then two more women have accused him of rape. He has denied the accusations and filed a case for libel in the French courts.
In statements posted on Facebook, he claims he is being targeted by "a campaign of slander clearly orchestrated by my longtime adversaries" and says he has been advised by his lawyers not to comment further.
Currently Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford, he was chosen by Tony Blair to work on a task force to help tackle extremism in the UK following the 7/7 attacks in London in 2005.
He has also worked with the Foreign Office's Advisory Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief, chaired by Tory Peer Baroness Warsi.
The Telegraph has sought comment from Prof Ramadan about the allegations.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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