"Secularism, Islam and Democracy: Muslims in Europe and the West"

George Packer (Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade), Joan Wallach Scott (The Politics of the Veil), Tariq Ramadan (To Be a European Muslim), Ian Buruma (A Murder in Amsterdam) and others will discuss the relationship between Islam and the liberal, secular democracies of the West. Slate editor Jacob Weisberg moderates. Some background: The Bush Administration banned Ramadan from the country in 2004, claiming that he had “espoused terrorism” (a position it later abandoned). This is the first trip that the scholar has made to the U.S. since Hillary Clinton reversed the ban.