Improving the position of women within mainly Muslim countries – Souad Adnane

By Souad Adnane The position of women within mainly Muslim countries is a complicated/complex issue that needs to be handled from different perspectives so to be apprehended. Otherwise, the puzzle would be missing pieces. It is even more complex to suggest “solutions” since they would easily scramble under the deeply rooted wall of traditions and religious…

Expanding Liberty: Everyday Muslim Lives in Pakistan – Imdad Hussain

By Imdad Hussain A difficult question, i.e., if Islam supports civil liberties, challenges contemporary scholarship on Islam. On one hand, a lot of scholarship denies that Islam supports or is capable of civil liberties. This scholarship links Islam with violence, un-freedom and un-democracy. Though this scholarship has wider appeal; it has acquired almost a hegemonic status.…

Rules as moral signposts – a brief sojourn in the realm of philosophy of religion – Khalil Ahmad

By Khalil Ahmad The initial and original inspiration the entity of religion resorts to take advantage of, and exudes is moral. The spirit religions imbibe is ultimately moralistic. That gives them an aura of appeal irresistible to their audience. However, with time, spread, reach, following, politicking, and the unexpected encounters on the road, they start losing…

Morality of Capitalism – In the Context of a Muslim Mindset – Ali Salman

By Ali Salman For friends and foes alike, capitalism has been largely regarded as an efficient resource allocation mechanism which has played an important role in material advancement of human society over the last two hundred years. Even Karl Marx considered this system as the key to technological and material progress. However, capitalism has been often…

Islamic Women’s Movement in Turkey: From Street Actions to Islamic Feminism – Ömer Çaha

By Ömer Çaha This paper emphasizes on the development of Islamic women’s movement in Turkey. The sources, values, dynamics and the discourses of the movement will be analyzed from the framework of arguments on social movements. It is obvious that each social movement proclaims an ideology which explains the need for change in the society’s institutions…

Islam and Free Market Economy: Friend or Foe? – Mustafa Acar & Bahadir Akin

By Mustafa Acar & Bahadir Akin Market economy and free trade are keys to create wealth, peaceful sharing of resources and minimize political disputes between nations. The collapse of the socialist system combined with the globalization has triggered a change and transformation process all over the world. The Arab world has also joined this process recently…

2nd International Conference, 28 February – 3 March 2013, Islamabad, Pakistan

The 2nd ‘Istanbul Network for Liberty’ Conference Report The Istanbul Network for Liberty held its second annual conference at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad from February 28th to March 3rd 2013, in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, support from the Burj Bank of Pakistan, and Vision 21. Thank you to Network of Free Society for providing fellowship.…