The ILN Post: Nahdlatul Ulama , Indonesia: A Muslim Model of Religious Tolerance and Moderation

Author: Fida Ur Rahman, lecturer at the University College of Zhob, BUITEMS, Baluchistan, Pakistan. Being one of the most populous countries of the Muslim world, Indonesia is home to religious and cultural diversity. Although Indonesia is a Muslim-majority country consisting of 87.17% Muslims, it is constitutionally not an Islamic state. Apart from the six officially…

The ILN Post: Islamic Microfinance in Alleviating Poverty: The Model of the Rural Development Scheme (RDS) of Islamic Bank Bangladesh Limited

Author: Md. Thowhidul Islam, an Associate Professor of Bangladesh Studies, Center for University Requirement Courses, International Islamic University Chittagong. Poverty has been and still remains one of the oldest challenges to human civilization and development. Currently, there are 736 million people living under extreme poverty around the world, and it is estimated that additional 40…

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             …

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…

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…

Liberal Democracy and Economic Development in Islamic world – Akrem M. Aswed

Dr. Akrem M. Aswed Liberal democracy face several obstacles such as lack of supporting institutions and promoting democracy and freedom, dictatorships that   ruled for long periods, political instability (after the Arab Spring), and also economic underdevelopment, which is a result of the factors above mentioned and a reason sometimes too. In this presentation we will…