Tunis, Tunisia

17 – 19 July, 2019


Islam & Liberty Network announces its second summer workshop in Tunisia, scheduled on 17-19 July 2019.

This course traces the foundations of economic, religious and political freedoms in Islam by exploring the principles and practices of civil society, liberal democracy and market economy in historical Muslim context and thought as well as current status in prominent Muslim-majority nations. The faculty will include: Bican Sahin, a Turkish political scientist and Ali Salman, a Pakistani economist based in Malaysia.

The participants will be young scholars affiliated with universities, civil society and research institutes working on relevant topics. The programme outline will be divided into a well-defined session plan with space for group work.

The alumni will be expected to participate in our future projects involving research and public education by becoming fellows and alumni. After the event, they will contribute through opinion articles, public lectures and media appearances in their home countries.

A tentative course outline follows, not in the same order:

  1. General discussion on liberty: Negative and Positive liberty and their relation with religion
  2. Civil liberties as examples of negative liberty (Freedom of speech and thought, freedom of association, and freedom of conscience) and their place in Islam
  3. Liberty, Democracy and Islam
  4. General discussion on Islam and Economic Freedom
    • Voluntary exchange
    • Acceptance of inequality as a divine scheme
    • Sanctity of property rights
    • Price Freedom
  5. Which kind of societies do Muslims aspire to live in? What is “islamicity index”?
  6. Where do Turkey and Malaysia stand today with respect to political and economic progress and what are lessons for other countries?
  7. The individual, freedom of choice and religious freedom in Islam


The purpose of this program is for participants to explore and discuss ideas that have shaped a free society in the context of a Socratic discussion because this format is the most conducive to a full and open exploration of ideas.

Readings are distributed well in advance and serve as a starting place for discussion. The purpose of the discussion is neither to convey doctrine nor to drive home certain conclusions. Each workshop challenges participants to examine, refine and extend their own ideas in the company of inquiring colleagues who also are interested in questions of liberty and responsibility.

All participants are expected to have studied the readings before the workshop.

Workshop Faculty

Dr. Bican Sahin (Turkey)

Bican Sahin is an associate professor of political science at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. He is also the President of Freedom Research Association, a liberal think tank based in Ankara. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2003. Among his research topics are classical liberal and libertarian philosophy, the relation between liberal democracy and Islam, and the relationships between state and civil society in Turkey. Currently, he is a visiting associate professor at the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy, University of Wisconsin, Madison. He carries out a research on the relationship between liberalism and democracy.

Ali Salman (Pakistan/ Malaysia)

Ali is currently based in Malaysia, where he heads a prominent think tank, IDEAS. Ali is an economist and author of “Islam & Economics: A Primer on Markets, Morals and Justice” (forthcoming) and “Discord between Social Justice and Economic Freedom in Islam”. He is a founding member of Islam and Liberty Network. He is also the founder of Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME) – Pakistan’s leading free market think tank. Earlier, he has worked as a consultant and trainer for major international development organizations, public sector organizations and non-profits; worked in the government, academia and private sector. He has held a Fulbright scholarship, Royal Netherlands Fellowship and Charles Wallace Fellowship and has master degrees in Economics, Public Policy and Business Administration. He writes regularly for Express Tribune, a partner publication of International Herald Tribune/New York Times and various Malaysian newspapers.

Workshop registration

This workshop is open to participants from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and other North African countries. Travel and hotel stay (twin-sharing) will be provided by the organizer.

For registration, please visit this link: https://forms.gle/ht2NhQZUjuMCqY1cA.

Please send us your application by 20th June 2019.

For inquiries, please email to support@islamandlibertynetwork.org


  1. I am happy to learn that ILN is going to conduct 2nd workshop In sha Allah during the month of July ,2019.I wish the programme all success with the help of Allah SWT.I shall be pleased to get the proceedings of the workshop with its study material.The 5th and 7 th themes are very interesting for people like me living in a secular democracy like India.Kindly consider my request .

  2. I like to participate in the event. I would like to know the price and if I could attend–I am not a resident from the countries listed. Thank you. Elsa Dias

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