No he doesn’t. Berman is no Benda, standing up to overweening power and establishment bias. Rather, Berman embraces them on the way to trying to denigrate an embattled European intellectual who, in a sure sign of his moderation, has made enemies in both the Western and the Muslim worlds. Berman has been stalking Ramadan for some time now in a spirit of fury and resentment, as anyone reading his unbalanced “profile” of Ramadan for The New Republic will remember. Nor is there anything liberal about Berman’s attack on Islam through his misappropriation of Hannah Arendt in his “Terror and Liberalism.”
I often disagree with Tariq Ramadan, but far from being an anti-Semite, he is a true mediator between the three Abrahamic religions and the quarrelsome civilizations they have engendered.
Benjamin R. Barber | NYT