Liberal Democracy and minority rights: the role of education, religion and culture rapprochement Ali Salman This is the text of my speech at the Europe-Muslim World Democracy Forum organized by the Europe Conservatives and Reformists Group led by MEP Syed Kamall on 19th February 2019 at the EU Parliament, Brussels. Let me begin by thanking…Details
Sajid Hameed In a Muslim society, the code of veil provides a basis for a separate sphere of activities for women. Since it demands some kind of segregation, it defines separate spheres for men and women and consequently generates the debate on whether women are allowed to go out of their homes and whether they…Details
Ali Salman In 1987, the celebrated Malaysian intellectual and philosopher Syed Naquib Al-attas founded International Institute of Islamic Civilization (ISTAC) in Kuala Lumpur with the support of then Minister of Education Anwar Ibrahim. ISTAC was a part of institutionalization of the Islamization of knowledge project, which formally dates back to an international conference in Mecca…Details
Raza Naeem from Pakistan presented a historical study on the historical figure of Sindh Sufi Shah Inayat (d. 1718) who lodged a struggle to bring collective farming as a socialist mode of production and mode of distribution in the era of feudalism. Raza considered Shah Inayat as a visionary having pre empted socialism whose experiment failed.
Hafas Furqani from Indonesia spoke on the issue of distribution in economics. There is a concern among scholars on how justice can be achieved in distribution. Various theories have been proposed to answer that problem, such as strict egalitarianism, the difference principles of John Rawls, resources-based principles, welfare-based principles ala utilitarianism, desert-based principles, and libertarian…Details
Admir Cavalic from Bosnia spoke about an Islamic understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility. His paper argues that CSR is not contrary to liberal principles, since by maintaining relationships with stakeholders and the use of CSR, the company achieves a certain competitive advantage, which ultimately leads to profit. Also, according to Admir, CSR is not contrary…Details
A Comparison between Islamic and Conventional Stock Prices Performance: Evidence from Pakistan’s Equity Market – Saba Kausar
Saba Kausar, in her paper compared the financial performance of Islamic and conventional stock prices in Pakistan’s equity market using Karachi Meezan Index as a proxy of Islamic index and the Karachi Stock Exchange Index is selected as a proxy of conventional index.
Majdi Al Mustapha presented a case study of his country, Lebanon tracing important developments since the 19th century. Lebanon has had a great benefit from having a laissez-faire economy throughout history. As can be seen throughout its history, the greater the amount of economic freedom and less intervention, the greater it was able to prosper…Details
Why (Not) Understanding Economic Liberalism From Public Opinion? Indonesia and Malaysia Compared – Muhamad Iksan
Muhammad Iksan, also from Indonesia, presented his paper on the public opinions based on surveys conducted in Indonesia and Malaysia. Two surveys revealed public opinion could be a starting point to understand public support for market friendly reform and market mainstreaming. From two surveys, there is a need to continue popularizing the idea of economic…Details
Property Rights Based on Muslim Law, Economic Efficiency and Gender Equality: What Convergence? – Fatiha Talahite
Fatiha Talahite from France argued that on the base of the Maghrib countries, the adaptation of property rights for more justice and equity to women in the Muslim world, is blocked by an institutional framework inherited from colonization, split between “conventional” rights and personal status. In this dichotomous framework, while the conception of the property…Details
The cross-country comparison by Finland’s academic Jani Kinnunen took a hybrid approach to the relation of economic freedoms and GDP by firstly finding out separate similar clusters of countries, then using principal component analysis to reveal the most important factors explaining the variance of the large set of variables and taking a short look at…Details
Shaykh Umar Vadillo, presented the case of Islamic Gold Dinar and presented it as the solution of monetary crisis.