The Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) called on the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reverse its recent decision to
revoke the visa of Tariq Ramadan, an Islamic scholar who was due to begin
teaching at the University of Notre Dame this semester.
In a letter to DHS Secretary Tom Ridge, AMSS said that the DHS decision to
revoke a visa previously granted to Ramadan, a well-known Islamic scholar
who is often described as a “moderate” and a “reformer,” sends the wrong
message to the Islamic world about America’s willingness to listen to what
Muslims have to say, and plays into the hands of extremists.
Ramadan, a citizen of Switzerland, was granted a visa in February following
a lengthy security check. It was revoked July 28, after his family’s
belongings had already been sent to the United States. No reason was given
for the revocation. A statement issued by Notre Dame said: “Professor
Ramadan is a distinguished scholar and a voice for moderation in the Muslim
world”¦We know of no reason his entry should be prevented.”
In its letter to Secretary Ridge, AMSS said: “Amidst the growth in
extremism, [Professor Ramadan] stands out as a beacon of reason, calling
Muslims to a peaceful and dignified Islam and as citizens of Western
democracies”¦ Revoking the visa sends the wrong message to the Muslim
world”¦and will confirm only the arguments of the extremists who argue that
the ‘war on terrorism’ is a war on Islam.”
The Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) is an international
organization of social scientists. It aims to serve the interests of the
larger Muslim community by bringing together Muslim and non-Muslim scholars
in an academic setting to examine and define Islamic perspectives on issues
of global concern that contribute to the prosperity of Muslims around the
globe and the betterment of humanity.
CONTACT: Dr. Rafik Beekun, AMSS President, Professor of Management and
Strategy, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557. Office: 775 784 6993 ext 303. e-mail: email@example.com