Tarafa Baghajati

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Tarafa Baghajati

Tarafa Baghajati (Arabic: طرفة بغجاتي‎, (born September 1st 1961) in Damascus, Syria) is a human right activist and writer, he is also the chairman of the Austrian Muslim Initiative (AMI). He lives in Vienna, Austria since 1986.[1]

Life[change | change source]

Tarafa Baghajati was born in Damascus, to parents Adnan Baghajati,an author and former Syrian Education minster,and Amal Homsi,an economic journalist.

In 1984 the Syrian regime detained Baghajati for more than 8 months,he spent three of them in Tadmor Prison due to his political views.[2]

Since he moved to Austria in 1986,Baghajati is active on the topics of immigration,[3] anti-racism , human right and political issues which also involve the Middle East[4][5] especially his home country Syria,[6][7] he is also very active on the topics of Islam and Muslim in Austria and Europe,[8] and opposition what is known as Islamophobia, and the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), in Africa and Europe.[9]

In 1999, he found the initiative of Muslim Austrians ( IMOE ) with his wife Carla Amina Baghajati , Omar Al-Rawi , Mouddar Khouja and Andrea Saleh, who are members of the Islamic Religion Community in Austria .

Baghajati is a former board member . (2001 - 2007 , 2004-2007 Vice- President ) and member of the Honorary Advisory Board of European Network Against Racism (ENAR)[10] He is also a board member of the Platform for Intercultural Europe (PIE).[11]

On March 2009, Rüdiger Nehberg and Tarafa Baghajati met Sheikh Prof.Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi in Qatar, one of the most best known Islamic contemporary authority scholar. They obtained a fatwa issued by the recognized legal scholars, stating the genital mutilation of girls is referred to and forbidden as "devil's work" because it is directed against the ethics of Islam.[12] Speaking at the Hamburg Museum of Ethnology, 6 February 2011 Baghajati ventured to predict to celebrate the end of this practice as early as 2020.[13]

on February 2011,Rüdiger Nehberg and Tarafa Baghajati met this time Sheikh Prof.Dr Mohamed Said Ramadan Al-Bouti and obtained a similar fatwa against female genital mutilation.[14]

Baghajati is one of the finders and a board member of European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion (EMISCO).

Education[change | change source]

Baghajati graduated as civil engineer from Polytechnic University of Timișoara in 1986[15]

Awards[change | change source]

Initiative of Muslim Austrians (IMOE) won democracy award by Margaretha Lupac Stiftung in 2008.[16][17]

Personal life[change | change source]

He is married to Carla Amina Baghajati since 1990,has four children.

References[change | change source]

  1. http://cms.horus.be/files/99935/MediaArchive/CV-Tarafa%20Baghajati-Short_Introduction-2011.pdf
  2. Beig, Stefan. ""Militäreinsatz in Syrien würde Opfer verhundertfachen"". Weltpolitik Nachrichten - Wiener Zeitung Online.
  3. "واقع الجاليات العربية في أوروبا". www.aljazeera.net.
  4. "Eine Hymne des Widerstands - derStandard.at". DER STANDARD.
  5. Online, Wiener Zeitung. "Wiener Zeitung Online". Gesellschaft - Wiener Zeitung Online.
  6. "Das syrische Experiment - derStandard.at". DER STANDARD.
  7. ""2012 ist es in Syrien für Reformen zu spät" - kurier.at". web.archive.org. 10 April 2011.
  8. "Slowenien: Erste Moschee nach mehr als 30-jähriger Verhandlung « M-MEDIA". www.m-media.or.at.
  9. "Initiative muslimischer ÖsterreicherInnen". Initiative muslimischer ÖsterreicherInnen.
  10. http://cms.horus.be/files/99935/MediaArchive/pdf/AnnualReport_08_LowResfinal.pdf
  11. http://www.intercultural-europe.org/site/content/newsbulletin/1188
  12. "Projekt - Die Fatwas". www.target-nehberg.de.
  13. "Kommentar: Initiativen gegen FGM erreichen Erfolge. Von Tarafa Baghajati, Wien".
  14. "Projekt - Die Fatwas". www.target-nehberg.de.
  15. Bodissey, Baron (20 July 2011). "A Professional Subversive".
  16. "Festakt zur Verleihung des Demokratiepreises 2008 der Margaretha Lupac Stiftung". www.parlament.gv.at.
  17. "Nationalratspräsidentin Prammer überreicht Demokratiepreis 2008 Lupac-Stiftung zeichnet Volksschule und muslimische Initiative aus". OTS.at.