A Muslim woman has claimed that she was raped by Tariq Ramadan, the theologian and Oxford professor whose alleged sexual violence has prompted a furore in France over the place of Islam.

The Frenchwoman's claim against Professor Ramadan, 55, has added to a feud between leftwingers who depict the outcry as a war against Muslims and those who accuse his defenders of playing into the hands of Islamists. Professor Ramadan denies the claim.

Britain has been accused of turning a blind eye towards his alleged criminal conduct because he is a Muslim intellectual and professor of contemporary Islamic studies at St Antony's College, Oxford. His accuser, a convert named only as Christelle, 45, said that he leapt on her when she visited his Paris hotel room for a religious discussion in 2009.

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