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

Organized by the Islam & Liberty Network Foundation Malaysia
Partners: Fatayat 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 in Jakarta. This conference is being held in partnership with Fatayat Nahdlatul Ulama (Indonesia), International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (Malaysia) and Religious Freedom Institute (USA). Speakers and participants include more than 20 eminent academicians, intellectuals, researchers, practitioners and community leaders from various countries from Asia, Africa, Middle East, USA and Europe. Topics include religious freedom, apostasy, blasphemy, status of minorities, and relationships with political and economic freedom in the Islamic discourse and Muslim context.

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 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 the 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.

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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