Conference Update

Dr. Khalid Masud to give keynote address   Dr. Muhammad Khalid Masud, former Director General of Islamic Research Institute, and former Chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, Pakistan, will deliver a key note address on the first day of the Istanbul Network Conference. Muhammad Khalid Masud is currently the HonAd-hoc Member Shariat Appellate Bench of the Supreme…

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by Henry Jackson Society   On May 15th, 2017, The Henry Jackson Society welcomed Mohammed Amin MBE, Azhar Aslam and Sheikh Dr. Usama Hasan for an open discussion on their works on Islam and its compatibility with liberal and Western values. Mohammed Amin is the Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, Azhar Aslam is a…

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Western Muslims and the Future of Islam

Western Muslims and the Future of Islam. By Tariq Ramadan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. ISBN: 0-19-517111-X (hbk). Review doi: 10.1558/CIS.v2i1.117 Book reviewed by Ron Geaves This review is published by Equinox Publishing in 2008. Tariq Ramadan is one of the most eloquent voices calling for an Islamic commitment that is firmly based on the…

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The Islamic Enlightenment

The Islamic world did liberalise – but then came the first world war Christopher de Bellaigue* “It seems vital to recall that hopeful century when the lands of Islam engaged lustily with modernity.” I am quite used to people smirking into their sleeves when they hear that I’ve just written a book called The Islamic…

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Freedom of Religion and Apostasy in Islam

Author: Dr. Ahmed Raysouni* Translated and Abridged by Suhaib Webb This topic, as noted in the title, addresses two issues: The first relates to freedom of religion in the general sense, namely, the right to choose ones faith prior to becoming Muslim. In this scenario there is absolutely no doubt that a person can embrace…

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Perspectives on Ideas of a Free Society and Islam

Istanbul Network for Liberty organized a session at the Open Fest in Sarajevo. Introduction: Dr. Admir Cavalic, Economist, Tuzla University and Multi Organization Chair: Dr. Edo Omercevic, Economist Speakers: – Ozlem Caglar Yilmaz, Board Member of Infol and Association for Liberal Thinking on “Challenges and Requirements in Muslim Countries and Infol” – Hakan Şahin, PhD…

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Apostasy and Religious Freedom

Author: Louay M. Safi*   The issue of apostasy under Islamic Law (shari’ah), brought recently to public attention in the widely publicized case of the conversion of an Afghani citizen, raises troubling questions regarding freedom of religion and interfaith relations.[1] The Afghan State’s persecution of an Afgani man who converted to Christianity in 1990 while…

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Marrakesh Declaration

In the Name of God, the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate Executive Summary of the Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Communities 25th-27th January 2016     WHEREAS, conditions in various parts of the Muslim World have deteriorated dangerously due to the use of violence and armed struggle as a tool for…

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