By Atilla Yayla
What I would like to do in this presentation is to share some ideas I have about the current situation of social, political, and economic thought in Islamic countries with the audience. It must be stated at the outset that the presentation does not aim or claim to bring definite solutions to the problems that have been in discussion for decades, even centruies. However, I hope it will put a little bit of light on the methodological problems that appear while researchers deal with these issues, identify several mistakes that distorted the way Muslims think about them, and suggest a few subjects to study to make progress in meeting contemporary needs and demands.
Prof Atilla Yayla is co-founder and President of the Association for Liberal Thinking and Head of Department of International Relations at Istanbul Commerce University.