3rd Annual INFoL Conference Schedule (Istanbul, Turkey, 2014)

17 – 18 March 2014 – Hotel Legacy Ottoman – Istanbul Values and Institutions of a Free Society in mainly Muslim Countries Program 16 March 2014, Sunday 17.00 – 19.00             Registration 19.00 – 19.45             Opening Dinner 19.45 – 20.30              Keynote speech: Syed Kamall, Member of the European Parliament (Video) 17 March 2014, Monday 08.30 – 09.30             …

2nd Annual INFoL Conference Schedule (Islamabad, Pakistan, 2013)

28th February to 2nd March 2nd , 2013, – Marriott Hotel – Islamabad Islam and the Institutions of a Free Society. 28th February 2013 Arrivals Evening Dinner ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1st March 2013 0815                           Registration 0900                           Opening : Opening remarks:     Dr Azhar Aslam Welcome on behalf of the   Friedrich Naumann Foundation:  Olaf Kellerhoff First session: Chair:                         …

3rd Annual INFoL Conference Gallery (Istanbul, Turkey, 2014)

This year’s conference was hosted by Association for Liberal Thinking based in Turkey in cooperation with Minaret of Freedom Institute. The conference attracted around 100 participants, intellectual entrepreneurs, academics, writers, researchers, think tank activists, businessmen, students from over 17 countries such as Morocco, Pakistan, Malaysia, Palestine, Tunisia, Egypt, Bosnia, and from other European countries. The event took place…

Why free market economy is weak in Islamic world? – Hicham El Moussaoui

Hicham El Moussaoui, Ph.D Trust is the lubricant of trade. It reduces the costs of transactions and uncertainty, which  allows it to provide a dual mission : the incentive for individuals to participate in the   exchange and coordination of their individual plans. Therefore, without trust no   exchange and without exchange no market economy. Adam Smith…

Islam in Bosnia: An Empirical Analysis of Muslims’ Desire for Government Control – Edo Omercevic

By Edo Omerčević This paper is an empirical analysis of the desire for government control in different  segments of life in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The focus is on Bosnian Muslims and on   the effect of intensity of religious practice. The data is based on a survey conducted by   the author. The findings indicate that Bosnian…

Ahl al-Ray vs. Ahl al-Hadith: Destructive Consequences of the Conflict Between Rationalist and Traditionist Schools in the Muslim World – Mustafa Acar

By Prof. Dr. Mustafa Acar It is a generally observed phenomenon that the liberal values such as freedom, plurality, multi- culturalism, openness, limited government, and free market economy are not so welcomed in the Muslim   world today. To put it differently, many Muslim intellectuals as well as political authorities and the laymen   are either indifferent…