Sufi or Salafi Islam who is more pro-open markets? Survey Study from Algeria – Mustapha Radji

Mustapha Radji from Algeria presented an interesting comparison between Sufi and Salafi Muslim groups while analysing their approaches to free markets based on a survey in Algeria. The results are controlled for age, education and social status. While Sufi Muslims tend to have more acceptance for open and competitive markets, Salafi Muslims offer greater resistance…

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Historical Development of Waqf Governance in Bangladesh – Md. Thowhidul Islam

What does Islamic tradition offer for social protection? As explained by Bangladesh’s academic Md. Thowhidul Islam, Waqf is “the permanent endowment by a Muslim of any of his property for a purpose recognized by the Muslim Law as religious, pious or charitable.” It is a permanent arrangement, which becomes immediately effective, and cannot be kept…

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A Critical Review of The Theory of “Manṭiqat al-Firāq” by Allamah Sayed Muhammad Baqir Ṣadr, Regarding to The Islamic Scholar’s Opinions – Ali Hassania

Ali Hassania from Iran argued that “Manṭiqat al-Firāq”, a Shiite economic theory, points to an area in religion without any legal and religious source. This theory was firstly presented by Allamah Sayed Muhammad Baqir Ṣadr (d. 1981) in his book “Our Economy” (Iqtiṣādunā). According to the theory, religion has allowed the Islamic ruler to lay…

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Enterprise and free markets were born in the pre-Islamic and Islamic Middle East – Nima Sanandaji

As the Swedish intellectual Nima Sanandaji argues in his book “The Birth of Capitalism: The Middle East” private enterprise, market economy and ideological support for free exchange are often assumed to have a Western origin. The true root of these practices and ideals are however found in the pre-Islamic and Islamic Middle East. Market practices,…

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Volunteer/Intern Needed Volunteer/Intern Needed Islam & Liberty Network Foundation is dedicated to develop and promote an Islamic case of freedom through building knowledge and human capital while working with a global network of researchers. For its office in Kuala Lumpur, the Network is looking for a volunteer/intern to assist the CEO in communications from 2nd…

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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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