7th International Islam & Liberty Conference
Islamic Case for Religious Freedom

Organized by Islam & Liberty Network Foundation Malaysia
Partners: Nahdlatul Ulama Indonesia, International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia, Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) USA
Supporters: Network for a Free Society, Atlas Network

Jakarta, 11-12 November 2019

Islam & Liberty Network is pleased to announce its 7th International conference “Islamic Case for Religious Freedom” to be organized on 11-12 November 2019 at Jakarta. This conference is being held in partnership with Nahdlatul Ulama (Indonesia), International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (Malaysia) and Religious Freedom Institute (USA). This conference is supported by the Atlas Network and Network for a Free Society.

Religious freedom is the civic right of persons and religious communities to practice, express, change, renounce and spread their religion. Free expression of religion allows pluralistic religious organizations to exist within modern nation states. They provide volatile societies with models of peaceful coexistence. To ensure religious freedom, most governments provide constitutional safeguards and institutions.

Islam recognizes religious freedom on the basis of Quranic evidence such as “There shall be no compulsion in religion” (2:256). Religious freedom was later affirmed and demonstrated through the ‘Charter of Medina’, signed by the Prophet Muhammad and the citizens of Medina guaranteeing religious liberty for all communities.

This Conference is needed especially now, due to the growth of illiberalism at both political, economic and social levels, and not just within Muslim majority countries. As national security becomes a predominant concern, it is often used as an excuse for curbing civil freedoms, including religious freedom. We believe that this conference will help in the promotion of equality and human rights and their enforcement in Muslim majority countries. It will also help in improving  general understanding about perceived gaps between Islam and religious freedom.

In response to a general call for papers, we received with an overwhelming number of 76 abstracts. Given the limited time and resources, we have selected 15 abstracts. The conference will discuss theoretical, theological and historical dimensions of religious freedom in an Islamic perspective. It will present case studies about the status of religious freedom in different Muslim-majority countries. It will also debate about the relationship between religious freedom, and other freedoms, including political and economic freedoms. It will address sensitive topics like apostasy, blasphemy, and minorities with an academic angle.

To see the tentative agenda, please follow this link:
https://islamandlibertynetwork.org/blog/2019/09/30/tentative-agenda/

The conference is now open for registration. Please follow this link:
https://forms.gle/ULcPvHt9kYzMemFp9

For details, contact support@islamandlibertynetwork.org

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