ILN Positions

  1. We endorse peaceful, democratic and non-violent means of expression and political struggle of all communities without any discrimination.
  2. We respect human dignity, protection of human rights and property rights and consider them inviolable.
  3. We respect international law, conventions and resolutions of the United Nations which govern the conduct of states in the matters of war and peace.
  4. We condemn killings, violence and aggression against non-combatant civilians by any state or non-state actors.
  5. We urge both parties to agree to ceasefire, release of hostages, and adopt all possible measures for minimization of human loss and to ensure access to urgent humanitarian aid. 

Islam & Liberty Network

Our mission is to advance the understanding of religious, political, and economic freedom for peace and prosperity in Muslim majority countries and beyond.

We were founded in 2011 to bring together researchers, academics, and public intellectuals to demonstrate the consistency of the universal values of religious, political and economic freedom with Islam. Our research outputs show that Islam is not just consistent with freedom; indeed Islam requires freedom.

Our annual programme includes an international conference, training workshops, and publishing articles, papers, podcasts and webinars which reach thousands of interested individuals.

Islam and Liberty Network was awarded Asia Liberty Award for 2020 for “establishing a Muslim case for free society” for its work in Asia and Middle East.

Legally the Islam & Liberty Network is registered as a Labuan foundation in Malaysia. It is governed by our international Council.


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Date: 18 July 2024 (Thursday) Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Kuala Lumpur)

Democracy is conducive for good governance, human rights and accountability, thus empowering citizens to change their governments. However, democracies can also become plutocracies and captured by the deep state. They may also initiate colonial conquests, wars of aggression and crimes against humanity. Is liberal democracy on the rise or on a path to decline in the world, particularly in the Muslim societies? Do we have any alternatives?

Join us for the inaugural event as esteemed scholars Professor Bican Sahin (Türkiye) and Professor Shad Saleem Faruqi (Malaysia) discuss the challenges and opportunities for liberal democracy amidst contemporary pressures. Drawing on their expertise, they will analyze the intricate relationship between political power and democratic governance, offering insights for the future of democracy.

Islam and Liberty Network is delighted to unveil “Edraak – Recognizing Liberty,” a new monthly webinar series to enhance understanding of liberty in theoretical, legal, and social contexts.

The Role of Civil Values and Institutions in Muslim Societies

18-19 October 2024, Istanbul

The Islam and Liberty International Conference is our flagship event which offers scholars and researchers around the world the opportunity to present original work on these themes. The 11th International Conference of the Islam and Liberty Network (ILN) Foundation seeks to find intellectual and academic arguments for building civil and political institutions for a free society in the Muslim world and beyond.

𝟭𝟭𝘁𝗵 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗜𝘀𝗹𝗮𝗺 & 𝗟𝗶𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘁𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰

Kyai Haji Yahya Cholil Staquf

General Chairman of the Nahdlatul Ulama Executive Board

For many years the Islam and Liberty Network has been striving to restore the intellectual curiosity and openness to other cultures that was characteristic of Islam at the height of its golden age. The success of this endeavor is vital if we are to witness the emergence of a just, peaceful and truly global civilization, whose constituent elements retain their distinctive characteristics.



9th International Islam & Liberty Conference

Pluralism, Democracy and Economic Development in Muslim Majority Countries

International Islam & Liberty Conference is the annual flagship event of Islam & Liberty Network (ILN) that is a two-day forum featuring keynote speeches, panel discussions, academic lectures, and presentations. ILN is organizing 9th International Conference on 27-28 October 2022 in the historic South-eastern city of Mardin, Turkey hosted by Mardin Artuklu University. The main theme of this conference is “The Future of Democracy, Peace and Development in Muslim-majority nations” within the context of Muslim majority societies. The Conference will deliberate on the theoretical, historical, and contemporary challenges faced by these societies with a view to advance the ideas and institutions of a free society consistent with the contours of Islamic faith. The papers will be subsequently published and widely disseminated.

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