Property Rights from an Islamic Perspective

Author: Dr. Maszlee Malik, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs & Istanbul Network for Liberty * This case study has been published in the 2016 International Property Rights Index.   Abstract Amongst the cardinal principles of “free market” is the individual’s right to own private properties. There will be no freedom if individuals do not…

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Islam, Commerce and Business Ethics

Author: Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad*   INTRODUCTION Islam is the only major world religion founded by a businessman, although, in a sense, Judaism, Christianity and Islam all trace their origins to another businessman, Abraham, the ancestor of Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, peace be upon them all. Islam has never had any hostility to the profession of the…

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Is Islam Compatible with Capitalism

The Middle East’s future depends on the answer Author: Guy Sorman* The moment you arrive at the airport in Cairo, you discover how little Egypt—the heart of Arab civilization—is governed by the rule of law. You line up to show your passport to the customs officer; you wait and wait and wait. Eventually, you reach…

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Islam, Democracy and Civil Society

Author: Chandran Kukathas* What is the relationship between Islam, democracy, and civil society? This is the question which supplies the topic of this essay, Its purpose, more particularly, is to explore the place of Islam in the modern world-a world which contemporary writers increasingly try to understand by invoking the notions of democracy and civil…

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Civil Society, Religion and Islam

Author: Norman Barry*    “Islam Civil Society and Market Economy”, ed: Atilla Yayla, Ankara: Liberte Publications, 1999 (first print).    This paper was presented in the International Symposium titled Islam Civil Society and Market Economy held at 18-19 of May, 1998 in Istanbul. The concept of civil society is closely associated with the post-communist era.(1) Although…

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Islam and the Challenge of Human Rights

Reviewed by Dr. Niaz A. Shah* Abdulaziz Sachedina has set himself the noble but challenging task of searching for a human rights system in the Islamic tradition, a system that would guarantee human dignity and which would not conflict with the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sachedina endeavors to go to the foundational…

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Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy

Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies Reviewed by Faisal Kutty* Nineteenth-century French thinker Alexis de Tocqueville wrote that the relationship between religion and democracy in the West was the “great problem of our time.” While arguably it may be less significant in the West now, it is altogether a different matter in the Muslim…

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The Islamic Case for Religious Liberty

Author: Abdullah Saeed The words of the Qur’an and hadith contain rich resources for supporting the democratic order. If Muslims are to embrace modernity, including life in a pluralistic, democratic society, without abandoning their faith, they must take up the argument for religious liberty that is embedded in their history and that stands at the…

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Ibn Khaldun, Islam’s Man for All Seasons

Author: Dr. Benedikt Koehler* Tensions tearing at the basis of Islamic societies are never more acute than when stoked in the name of Islam. Idealists invoking Islam as a lever for change spark upheavals that time and again hand power to cynics. Looking for an explanation why Islamic societies wallow in paralysis, some suggest Islamic…

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