A prominent Islamic scholar has been jailed in Paris—over allegations of rape and sexual assault.
Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss academic who teaches theology and religion at Oxford University, has denied wrongdoing. But two French newspapers reported last year that Ramadan had committed rape in 2009 and a sexual assault in 2012. Lawsuits have been filed by both victims against Ramadan.
Ramadan has taken a leave from Oxford, where he is professor of contemporary Islamic studies.
Ramadan had a number of accolades: Time magazine declared him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2004, and Foreign Policy magazine said he was one of the top 100 most influential thinkers in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
He’s considered a leading authority on Islam, and has published multiple books about the faith and about Muslim immigration to Europe.