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Scholar featured on Iran TV fired

August 19, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A Dutch university fired Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan for hosting a show on Iran's state television, which the school said could be seen as endorsing the regime.

Ramadan -- known as a reformist who condemns terrorism, seeks to modernize Sharia law and urges Muslims living in Europe to integrate -- has recently been criticized in the Dutch press for allegedly voicing more conservative views for Muslim audiences than he does in the West.

Both the city of Rotterdam and Erasmus University dismissed Ramadan from his positions as "integration advisor" and professor.

The professor told Dutch radio he would appeal the "naive and simplistic" decision.

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