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Rape claims depart distinguished Swiss Islamic scholar in custody

01 February 2018, 12:46 | Damon Campbell

Tariq Ramadan detained in Paris over rape accusations

Who is Tariq Ramadan? Islamic scholar accused of rape and held in Paris

Ramadan, the grandson of the founder of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Islamist movement, has furiously denied rape allegations from two women that emerged late past year, as the Harvey Weinstein scandal unfurled in the US.

The Oxford professor was summoned for questioning to a Paris police station and taken into custody "as part of a preliminary inquiry in Paris into rape and assault allegations", the source said.

According to his official website, Ramadan is a scholar, president of think thank European Muslim Network in Brussels and director of the Research Centre for Islamic Legislation and Ethics in Doha, Qatar. She told Le Monde and Le Parisien about the alleged attack, which bore similarities to Ayari's account: a meeting on the sidelines of a conference after a written correspondence with the Islamologist, followed by an extremely violent assault after meeting in person for a few minutes.

Muslim feminist activist Henda Ayari has accused Ramadan of raping her in a Paris hotel room in 2012.

Professor of Islamic studies at University of Oxford faces two accusations, which he denies.

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Ramadan denies the allegations, and his lawyers have accused the women of colluding to disgrace him. I had a great admiration for him for years.

In November another woman, a convert to Islam who has remained anonymous, accused him of raping her in 2009.

He's considered a leading authority on Islam, and has published multiple books about the faith and about Muslim immigration to Europe.

"He literally threw himself on me like a wild beast", Ayari said.

On Tuesday, he announced the launch in Paris of a new movement called Resistance and Alternative which he said "rejects all ideologies that subjugate and de-humanise mankind".

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