Controversial Muslim scholar in Australia


A Muslim scholar who was denied a U.S. visa because of his alleged links to terror groups is visiting Australia.

Swiss-born Tariq Ramadan, whose grandfather founded the influential Muslim Brotherhood in 1928, delivered a lecture Monday in Queensland, prompting anger from Jewish leaders.

The U.S. government said Ramadan, an Oxford University professor of Islamic studies, donated to foundations that gave money to Hamas, although such donations were not proscribed by the United States at the time.

British commentator Melanie Phillips, the author of “Londonistan,” accused Ramadan of being an “Islamist wolf in modernizer’s clothing” in the Australian newspaper Monday.

“To the Islamic world he says one thing; to credulous Western audiences quite another in language that is slippery, opaque, manipulative and disingenuous,” she said.

Ramadan in his address said that imams in Australia should be trained in Australia.

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