You Can't Go Home Again


You Can’t Go Again
“You Can’t Go Home Again” is an article written by Tariq Ramadans and was published in the newspaper “Time” the 24th of December 2001. The text deals with immigration and gives the reader insight in the problems there are between Muslims and Europeans. The article has a simple message: Europeans and Muslims should live in harmony and peace with each other. This shall be done by the Muslims and the Europeans having a better working relationship; the Europeans must respect and tolerate the traditions and life conditions that the Muslims have while the Muslims must do an effort to adapt the culture of the country they live in. Tariq Ramadans is not in doubt that it is both the Muslims and the Europeans who have to work this out and take responsibility.

“It’s up to Muslims to assume their responsibilities, construct clear arguments, engage in dialogue both within their own communities and with others and reject the simplistic vision of; us vs. them” (P.2,ll.5-10)

So the Muslims have to participate in dialogues both with other Muslims but also with the Europeans. If the Muslims have the idea of the world being “Muslims vs. Europeans” then we will never get to a point where there is “no immigration” - meaning that the immigration process will be fluent and without troubles.

“But their non-Muslim fellow citizens need to make an effort too. They need to accept that Europe’s population has changed, that it no longer has a single history […]” (p.2, ll23-27)

Ramadans underlines that the immigration is everybody's responsibility with the two quotations. The Europeans needs to understand that our countries has changed and that we are merging histories with other cultures - e.g., Denmark is no longer “the Vikings” but we also have a history which involves Allah.

From the above quotes it is seen that Tariq Ramadans does not only speak to Europeans or Muslims. Itʼs for both. It is as if a few lines is written for Muslims, then a few lines for...
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