UK Politics

In defence of reaction

Ken Livingstone’s office have been busy recently – producing a lengthy political defence of the London mayor’s decision to embrace the reactionary Islamic cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi complete with an attack on secular critics.

The dossier launched today demonstrates that Dr al-Qaradawi is, as the moderate main umbrella group of Muslim organisations, the Muslim Council of Britain has argued, ‘the most authoritative Muslim scholars in the world today’.

….The document shows that Qaradawi has been one of the foremost Muslim scholars in combatting socially regressive interpretations of Islam on issues like women’s rights and relations with other religions.

The entire dossier is in PDF form and can be downloaded here.

I don’t have time to do a point by point job on this dossier but there has been enough material in the public domain for people to make their own minds up about al-Qaradawi.

A search of our archive on him would bring up links to plenty of material for starters.