The ILN Post: Going Beyond Religious Tolerance to Tackle the Roots of Religious Discrimination

Author: Ismail Kurun is PhD candidate in Philosophy and Religious Studies at Ankara University. He is the author of The Theological Origins of Liberalism (Lexington, 2016) and many articles. His research investigates the philosophical foundations of free and virtuous society. Islam today is commonly associated more with beliefs (‘aqa’id) than with morals (akhlaq). Contemporary Muslims…

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Iran’s Economy – Which Way Forward?

By Mohammed Amin This article, published in an Iranian magazine, assesses the present state of Iran’s economy and looks at how it should develop. It makes specific policy recommendations, and stresses that Iran’s long-run economic success will require increased personal freedom. 15 February 2016 In 1979 the Iranian people overthrew the tyrannical regime of the Shah.…

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Peace Through Entrepreneurship Conference

Reducing poverty through entrepreneurship in the world: May 26 – 28th, 2016 in Marrakesh, Morocco Beginning with the 2010 revolution in Tunisia, we experienced reform movements known as the Arab Spring. More than a protest against state corruption, dictatorships, and the abuse of human rights, unrest was triggered by abysmal economic conditions. The Arab world has historically…

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Mu’tazila – Defenders of Reason in Islam

By Joel D. Hirst At the very beginning of Islamic theological history a group of mutakalliman (the word for theologian in Islamic tradition) in Baghdad and Basra, in an attempt to defend their new religion from external detractors and internal corruption, developed “the first systematic thought-out creed for Islam”; the kalam (theology) called the Mu’tazila. The…

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