Conference Update

Dr. Khalid Masud to give keynote address   Dr. Muhammad Khalid Masud, former Director General of Islamic Research Institute, and former Chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, Pakistan, will deliver a key note address on the first day of the Istanbul Network Conference. Muhammad Khalid Masud is currently the HonAd-hoc Member Shariat Appellate Bench of the Supreme…

5th INFoL Conference Agenda

  In 1993, seminal political scientist Samuel Huntington wrote, “Islamic concepts of politics differ from and contradict the premises of democratic politics.” (The Third Wave, Page 267). Fast forward 25 years. The Muslim-majority nations are now more democratic than ever. Arab Spring has unleashed new dynamics noting both progress and reversals. There is a simultaneous…

Event Update

by Henry Jackson Society   On May 15th, 2017, The Henry Jackson Society welcomed Mohammed Amin MBE, Azhar Aslam and Sheikh Dr. Usama Hasan for an open discussion on their works on Islam and its compatibility with liberal and Western values. Mohammed Amin is the Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, Azhar Aslam is a…

The Islamic Enlightenment

The Islamic world did liberalise – but then came the first world war Christopher de Bellaigue* “It seems vital to recall that hopeful century when the lands of Islam engaged lustily with modernity.” I am quite used to people smirking into their sleeves when they hear that I’ve just written a book called The Islamic…

Perspectives on Ideas of a Free Society and Islam

Istanbul Network for Liberty organized a session at the Open Fest in Sarajevo. Introduction: Dr. Admir Cavalic, Economist, Tuzla University and Multi Organization Chair: Dr. Edo Omercevic, Economist Speakers: – Ozlem Caglar Yilmaz, Board Member of Infol and Association for Liberal Thinking on “Challenges and Requirements in Muslim Countries and Infol” – Hakan Şahin, PhD…

Apostasy and Religious Freedom

Author: Louay M. Safi*   The issue of apostasy under Islamic Law (shari’ah), brought recently to public attention in the widely publicized case of the conversion of an Afghani citizen, raises troubling questions regarding freedom of religion and interfaith relations.[1] The Afghan State’s persecution of an Afgani man who converted to Christianity in 1990 while…