Religious Markets versus Secularization

Author: Buğra Kalkan* Secularization and socialization theories are the dominant explanations originated in sociology in religious studies. Advocates of secularization comprehend religious behavior as irrational behavior or childish superstitions that will be evaporated as the advancement of science and modernity. It is claimed that once the humanity understands how the nature and the society works…

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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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Why Muslims Should Support Capitalism

Author: Mohammad Malayeri* This article was first published in the website of ESFL. It is very interesting that the many critics of capitalism come in different groups, ideas, and belief systems. Some muslim intellectual thinkers argue that the religion of Islam is pro-socialist and very anti-capitalist.  This is actually not the case. If you look…

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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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