Building Muslim Civil Society from the Bottom Up

Author: Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad*   Introduction Alexis de Tocqueville (2000), in his quintessential study of democracy in America, manifested great concern for the problem of how to assure that democracy could be developed in a way compatible with liberty.  It is an issue that is all too often lacking in Muslim discussions of the compatibility…

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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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Can Muslims Be Free Marketeers

“The biggest fear in the Muslim world is the association in their minds of free markets with imperialism,” says Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, president of the Minaret of Freedom Institute. “But those of us familiar with the history of libertarian thought know that true devotees of the free market have always been opposed to imperialism.”  …

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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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Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad on Islam and Liberty

The Anne Arundel Chapter of Campaign for Liberty welcomed Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, President of the Minaret of Freedom Institute. Dr. Ahmad is a long time Libertarian Party activist (and past president), and Libertarian Party Senate candidate (2012). He gives a very enlightening speech on the topic of Islam and liberty. Dr. Ahmad answers the audience’s…

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