a reference I read a while ago and found very interesting with respect to Islamic reform movements.
Also, just two weeks ago, there was a highly praised symposium in Bonn with, among other speakers, Tariq Ramadan, about this very topic (some add. info, for those who read German) â€“
Interestingly I just found out that, Christoph Luxenberg (psd) has written a new book that is about to be published. If it is anything like his â€œsyro-aramaean interpretation of Qranâ€, a book (which is my translation, I donâ€™t think the book has been translated yet) in which he linguistically deconstructs the classical readings of the Qran, eg arguing that using the syro-aramaean reading the famous huris for whose attention martyrs/terrorists blow themselves up are not virgins but â€œcrystal clear grapes,â€ this will be fuel to the flames these days.
Googling his name I found an interesting article in German in which he argues that alleged referenced to the hijab are, according to his reading of Arabic, referring to a â€œbelt intended to cover the loinsâ€ rather than the head – http://www.phil.uni-sb.de/projekte/imprimatur/2004/imp040204.html (in German)
And Der Spiegel international called up Ayan Hirsi Ali and talked about caricatures and â€œSubmission IIâ€.
http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/spiegel/0,1518,399263,00.html (in English)