5th International Conference, 27 – 28 November 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Report

Istanbul Network 5th International Conference Democratic Transitions in the Muslim World Istanbul Network for Liberty held its fifth annual conference in collaboration with International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia on the 27th and 28th of November 2017. A special thanks to CIPE, Atlas Network and IDEAS for their sponsorship of the conference. This…

Malaysia: Roots of a Democratic Society

Malaysia: Roots of a Democratic Society Opening Address by Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz, Founding President of Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), at the Istanbul Network 5th International Conference: Democratic Transitions in the Muslim World   Introduction Assalamu’alaikum warahmatulahi wabarakatuh, good morning and welcome, particularly to our guests from around the world.…

Conference Update

Dr. Khalid Masud to give keynote address   Dr. Muhammad Khalid Masud, former Director General of Islamic Research Institute, and former Chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, Pakistan, will deliver a key note address on the first day of the Istanbul Network Conference. Muhammad Khalid Masud is currently the HonAd-hoc Member Shariat Appellate Bench of the Supreme…

5th INFoL Conference Agenda

  In 1993, seminal political scientist Samuel Huntington wrote, “Islamic concepts of politics differ from and contradict the premises of democratic politics.” (The Third Wave, Page 267). Fast forward 25 years. The Muslim-majority nations are now more democratic than ever. Arab Spring has unleashed new dynamics noting both progress and reversals. There is a simultaneous…

The Search for Living in Peace

Author: Hasan Yücel Başdemir*   Why do some societies constantly live in conflict, violence, anxiety and misery while some are living in stability, prosperity and peace? Why do some societies not have means of reconciliation to solve the problems which they experienced while other societies have? These are some of the oldest questions in the…

Syriac Orthodox Church and Religious Affairs in Turkey

Author: Bugra Kalkan* The news about Syriac Orthodox churches in Mardin, a historical multi-cultural city in the south-east Turkey, have shown again that how religious liberty is still so fragile in Turkey. According to the Agos Newspaper, after Mardin became a metropolitan municipality, its villages were officially turned into neighborhoods. And The Transfer, Liquidation and…