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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The Islamic Case for Religious Liberty

Author: Abdullah Saeed The words of the Qur’an and hadith contain rich resources for supporting the democratic order. If Muslims are to embrace modernity, including life in a pluralistic, democratic society, without abandoning their faith, they must take up the argument for religious liberty that is embedded in their history and that stands at the…

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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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JOB OPENING: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

The Istanbul Network for Liberty (www.istanbulnetwork.org) is a non-profit organization founded in Istanbul in 2011 whose mission is to explore and promote the principles and values of a free society in the Muslim world.  This intellectual project is developed on the premise that a thriving and prosperous Muslim society today is not possible without embracing…

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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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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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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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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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