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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 21/01/2008

Amel Grami on Europe as a non-option

Tunisian theologian Amel Grami speaks with Beat Stauffer about tendencies toward re-Islamization among Tunisian women. She explains: "An entire generation of young people have no more dreams, no more ideals, no more future. They simply sense that we have failed. Many of my students understand quite well that a master's degree in Arabic literature isn't worth anything these days. These young people feel humiliated in their own countries. Until a few years ago, young people who felt that their own societies did not respect them would emigrate. Today, the borders are increasingly blocked, and anyone who manages to go to Europe has a tough row to hoe, as an Arab and Muslim. Today, these young people know that they have no hope. And so they escape into religion."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 02/04/2007

Abdelwahab Meddeb on the Greek age of Islam

In an interview with Beat Stauffer, the Tunisian intellectual Abdelwahab Meddeb reveals the sources of his criticism of Islamists: "I want to criticise my religion, Islam, in the same way Nietzsche criticised Christianity. Many people are no longer aware that in the 9th and 10th century there were already critics within Islam who were much more radical than today's critics. There have always been thinkers within the Islamic faith who criticised the prophets - Ibn al-Rawindi, for example. Both his contemporaries and theologians two hundred years later were of the opinion that it was legitimate for him to go so far with his criticism. These thinkers of the early Middle Ages were 'esprits athéniens' who were strongly influenced by Greek philosophy. I think it's important to point out that Islam had its 'Greek age'."

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