SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A Muslim scholar whose work visa was abruptly revoked
after he was hired by the University of Notre Dame said Tuesday he has
resigned his appointment.
”I’m abandoning the idea of moving to the United States,” Tariq Ramadan
told The Associated Press from Geneva. ”I want to maintain my dignity.”
Ramadan notified the university on Monday, citing the stress on him and his
family from the uncertainty of their situation, said R. Scott Appleby,
director of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
Ramadan, a Swiss citizen, was barred from working in the United States in
August just days before he was to begin teaching at Notre Dame. The
Department of Homeland Security cited security concerns but released no
Ramadan said Tuesday there is nothing in his past to justify the ban and
demanded that U.S. authorities give details of its investigation of him in
order to clear him of the ”untrue and humiliating” claims that he was
barred because of ties to terrorism.
”This is an obstacle to academic freedom of expression,” he said.
He took a year’s unpaid leave from his posts in Switzerland in order to
work at Notre Dame and is now out of a job. “I don’t have any new plans
for the moment,” he said