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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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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Do We Need an Islamic State?

Dr. Shabir Ally* gives a powerful speech about the “Islamic State” ideal of many Muslims around the world. He criticizes the phenomena as not being a specific purpose of Islam and a requirement of Muslims. He in fact, states that this very ideal leads many believers to hypocrisy which is against Islam.     (*) Dr. Shabir Ally is the…

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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 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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