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 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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Islam and Liberty

Author: William Coley[1] “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the…

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Iran’s Economy – Which Way Forward?

By Mohammed Amin This article, published in an Iranian magazine, assesses the present state of Iran’s economy and looks at how it should develop. It makes specific policy recommendations, and stresses that Iran’s long-run economic success will require increased personal freedom. 15 February 2016 In 1979 the Iranian people overthrew the tyrannical regime of the Shah.…

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Mu’tazila – Defenders of Reason in Islam

By Joel D. Hirst At the very beginning of Islamic theological history a group of mutakalliman (the word for theologian in Islamic tradition) in Baghdad and Basra, in an attempt to defend their new religion from external detractors and internal corruption, developed “the first systematic thought-out creed for Islam”; the kalam (theology) called the Mu’tazila. The…

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