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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Market and Morality

Author: Hakan Şahin* (*) Hakan Şahin is a PhD candidate in Islamic Economics and Finance in Istanbul University. He lectures and publishes on Islam and free market economy; natural rights, civil society, as well as the history of money and banking and runs related seminars in Association for Liberal Thinking. He is also the editor…

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Property Rights from an Islamic Perspective

Author: Dr. Maszlee Malik, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs & Istanbul Network for Liberty * This case study has been published in the 2016 International Property Rights Index.   Abstract Amongst the cardinal principles of “free market” is the individual’s right to own private properties. There will be no freedom if individuals do not…

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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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