Talking About Religion

Author: Hasan Yücel Başdemir*   “Differences among my community (ummah) is a blessing for the people.” Prophet Muhammad     Religion is one of the most fragile and tense areas in human relations. It is in the same situation at the discussions over the television programs and social media. Discussions are generally about the secondary…

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The Search for Living in Peace

Author: Hasan Yücel Başdemir*   Why do some societies constantly live in conflict, violence, anxiety and misery while some are living in stability, prosperity and peace? Why do some societies not have means of reconciliation to solve the problems which they experienced while other societies have? These are some of the oldest questions in the…

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Islam and Classical Liberalism: Are They Compatible?

Mustafa Akyol* At first glance, classical liberalism and Islam may seem not just incompatible, but in complete opposition. Classical liberalism is a political philosophy that aims at maximizing individual freedom. Islam, on the other hand, is a religion that stresses “submission” and “obedience.” Moreover, today’s predominantly Muslim societies are not beacons of liberty — to…

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Understanding Islam as an Entrepreneurial Religion

* This interview is originally published in My Salaam website.   Postdoctoral scholar Ali Aslan Gumusay’s work involves organization theory, entrepreneurship, business ethics and leadership. Here, he explains entrepreneurship from an Islamic perspective. 1. What are you currently working on? At the heart of my research are issues around people, organizations and societal values, guided by…

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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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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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