The Multi-Polar World of Islam

Do we have any singular, sacrosanct version of Islam with any central authority? The obvious answer to this question is No, however what is important is to realize that how differences in the interpretations influence the political regimes in which these narratives thrive. The global debate on Islam is largely situated around the Middle East,…

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Islam and Liberty Summer University, Iran

  Islam and Liberty Summer University (ILSU) is a week-long regional residential event, to be organised in Iran between 15 July to 21 July 2018. Featuring guest speakers giving lectures, workshops, and seminars, this exercise will take up critical aspects of the debate on the intellectual foundations of economic freedom in Islam but also discussing…

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Why we changed the name, mission and logo?

We have changed our name from “Istanbul Network for Liberty” to “Islam and Liberty Network”. The main motivation behind this change is to establish a clear association of our liberty-centered work with the Islamic religion, which has a universal appeal rather than any specific location or for that matter with history alone, two characteristics of…

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Islam and Cryptocurrency

  Digital technology is changing rapidly and some aspects are causing concern among many Islamic scholars all over the world. One example is the cryptocurrency phenomenon. Dealings in cryptocurrency, whether in developing, mining, funding or investing, are considered non-permissible by some jurists. For instance, Egypt’s Grand Mufti recently issued a fatwa (edict) declaring bitcoin, the best-known cryptocurrency,…

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Do we need to blame the West?

Author: Ali Salman*   In his article published in the Daily Telegraph on 18 August 2017, the author of “The Islamist” Ed Husain, while responding to the recent violent events in Barcelona, has argued that the main objective of the terrorists, including ISIL, is to bring back the Caliphate. According to his analysis, the terrorists,…

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Talking About Religion

Author: Hasan Yücel Başdemir*   “Differences among my community (ummah) is a blessing for the people.” Prophet Muhammad     Religion is one of the most fragile and tense areas in human relations. It is in the same situation at the discussions over the television programs and social media. Discussions are generally about the secondary…

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The Search for Living in Peace

Author: Hasan Yücel Başdemir*   Why do some societies constantly live in conflict, violence, anxiety and misery while some are living in stability, prosperity and peace? Why do some societies not have means of reconciliation to solve the problems which they experienced while other societies have? These are some of the oldest questions in the…

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Islam and Classical Liberalism: Are They Compatible?

Mustafa Akyol* At first glance, classical liberalism and Islam may seem not just incompatible, but in complete opposition. Classical liberalism is a political philosophy that aims at maximizing individual freedom. Islam, on the other hand, is a religion that stresses “submission” and “obedience.” Moreover, today’s predominantly Muslim societies are not beacons of liberty — to…

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Understanding Islam as an Entrepreneurial Religion

* This interview is originally published in My Salaam website.   Postdoctoral scholar Ali Aslan Gumusay’s work involves organization theory, entrepreneurship, business ethics and leadership. Here, he explains entrepreneurship from an Islamic perspective. 1. What are you currently working on? At the heart of my research are issues around people, organizations and societal values, guided by…

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