Islam and Markets

Author: Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad* The relationship between Islam and trade is not well appreciated in the West. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his wife Khadija were both merchants. The Qur’an, the Muslim scripture, is filled with parables using the language of trade. It was merchants, not soldiers, who were mainly responsible for…

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Is Libertarianism Compatible with Islam?

Author: Davi Barker I recently came across an article by Laurence M. Vance on Lew Rockwell.com titled “Is Libertarianism Compatible With Religion?” in which he reflected that he, a devout Christian, and Murray Rothbard, an agnostic Jew, would have gotten along because they shared a common enemy in the state. I have often said that…

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Is Libertarianism Compatible With Religion?

This talk was given by Laurence M. Vance at the 2011 Austrian Scholars Conference at the Mises Institute. I never met Murray Rothbard. I still remember the day when I received a postcard in the mail announcing that he had died. I think that he, an agnostic Jew, and I, a devout Christian, would have…

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Islam and the Discovery of Freedom

A Message of Liberty for Muslims and Non-Muslims Alike Reviewed by George C. Leef Mention “Islam” to most Americans and they think of Saddam Hussein or the Ayatollah Khomeini. It is popularly linked to violence and terrorism, which is unfortunate. Far from being synonymous with intolerance and bloodshed, Islam has a history of peace and respect…

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Islam and Liberty

Author: William Coley[1] “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the…

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Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty

* A review of Mustafa Akyol’s “Islam Without Extremes” by Muhammad Ali Siddiqi A THEME now dominating new works on Islam is a forceful denunciation of its perceived takeover by the conservative — ‘traditionalist’ — school that came into being centuries after the revelation of the Holy Quran. Many Western scholars, Karen Armstrong among them,…

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Iran’s Economy – Which Way Forward?

By Mohammed Amin This article, published in an Iranian magazine, assesses the present state of Iran’s economy and looks at how it should develop. It makes specific policy recommendations, and stresses that Iran’s long-run economic success will require increased personal freedom. 15 February 2016 In 1979 the Iranian people overthrew the tyrannical regime of the Shah.…

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Mu’tazila – Defenders of Reason in Islam

By Joel D. Hirst At the very beginning of Islamic theological history a group of mutakalliman (the word for theologian in Islamic tradition) in Baghdad and Basra, in an attempt to defend their new religion from external detractors and internal corruption, developed “the first systematic thought-out creed for Islam”; the kalam (theology) called the Mu’tazila. The…

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