Tariq Ramadan: Islamic scholar gets Oxford job

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A prominent Islamic scholar who has been banned from the US is to teach at Oxford University.

Professor Tariq Ramadan, who lives in Geneva, was named as one of the 21st Century's great innovators by Time Magazine last year for his work.

But he was unable to take up a position teaching at Notre Dame University in the US when the Dept of Homelands Security revoked his visa in July 2004.

St Antony's College says he is due to begin a Visiting Fellowship in October.

Professor Ramadan, 38, is the grandson of Hassan al-Banna, who founded the prominent Islamic movement the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928.

He has been accused of supporting attacks in Israel and Iraq. He publicly condemned the 11 September and London attacks and says he is against the taking of innocent life.

Shortly after the London bombings The Sun newspaper ran a front page story criticising a decision to invite him for a conference - entitled Meet Islamic Militant Professor Tariq Ramadan.

Professor Ramadan called on Muslims to condemn the attacks on London "with the strongest energy".

He said: "Criminals, no doubt, will continue to kill, but we shall be able to respond to them by demonstrating that our experience of human brotherhood and mutual respect is stronger than their message of hate."

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