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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Is Islam Compatible with Capitalism

The Middle East’s future depends on the answer Author: Guy Sorman* The moment you arrive at the airport in Cairo, you discover how little Egypt—the heart of Arab civilization—is governed by the rule of law. You line up to show your passport to the customs officer; you wait and wait and wait. Eventually, you reach…

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Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism

Dr. Benedikt Koehler is a historian, a former banker and an expert in early Islamic Economics. As part of a new three-year “History of Capitalism” course, Dr. Koehler delivered an inaugural lecture based on his book, “Early Islam and the Origins of Capitalism”. In his lecture, Koehler proposed a strikingly original thesis; that capitalism first…

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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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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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