Episode 032 – Jani Kinnunen, The Role of Freedom of Religion and Political Regime for Human Development Indices

Jani Kinnunen is a researcher at Åbo Akademi, Finland. His research interests include data science related to economics and political science. His application work has focused on freedoms in economic and political systems, mergers and acquisitions, and real options. His paper studies how the combination of political regime and religious freedoms are related to human…

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Episode 031 – Faisal Aziz; Proportionality in Hate Speech Laws

Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz or Faisal Aziz as he is more commonly known, is President of Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (ABIM) and Deputy Chairperson of  the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih). He is a lawyer by profession and previously served as the Head of Litigation Department focusing on public interest litigation and criminal…

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Episode 030 – Zainal Abidin Bagir; The Politics and Law of Blasphemy in Indonesia

Zainal Abidin Bagir is the executive director of the Center of Religious and Cross Cultural Studies at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia. Bagir specializes in philosophy of religion, religion and science, and religion and ecology. His presentation speaks on blasphemy law in Indonesia, comparing it globally, seeing how has it been used, current revitalization of…

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Episode 028 – Mohd. Izharul Haque Mikrani; IMAN: Efforts for Religious Freedom in Nepal

Mohd. Izharul Haque Mikrani is a prominent media personality and a fighter for Democracy, Human Rights, Pluralism, Freedom of Religion or Belief despite challenges and threats. Currently, Mr. Mikrani is the president of the Intellectual Muslims Association of Nepal (IMAN). This organization works to promote interfaith dialogue among people of different faiths. He is also…

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Episode 026 – A.K.M Iftekharul Islam, Secularism, Islamism and Religious Minorities: the Case of Bangladesh

A. K. M. Iftekharul Islam is assistant professor of Department of Islamic History & Culture at University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has a masters in Islamic History & Culture. Various of his articles has been referred to in journals. His paper is an attempt to examine the present condition of religious minorities in Bangladesh; impact…

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Episode 025 – Mujeeb Hussain Gattoo, The Ahmediyya question, the response of Muslim Scholars, and the (im)possibility of religious co-existence in Contemporary Islamic Thought

Mujeeb Hussain Gattoo is an Assistant Professor with Higher Education Department, Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir. He is also a PhD Scholar at Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi, India. His paper uses Ahmediyya question as a prism to study the problems raised above and probe into the possibility (or…

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Episode 024 – Amel Azzouz, Religious Freedom in a Muslim Democracy: Case of new Tunisian Constitution

Amel Azzouz is a member of Ennahdha Party Shura Council and a former member of the Tunisian Constituent Assembly. She is a teacher of English literature in the Tunisian University, and she received her political science master’s degree from the Faculty of Juridical, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis. In her paper, she sheds light…

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Episode 023 – Azeemah Saleem; Revisiting Religious Freedom in ‘Secular’ and ‘Islamic’ Constitution

Azeemah Saleem, Doctoral Candidate in Center for West Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is working on “Syrian Refugees in Germany: An Understanding through the Prism of Global Justice” as her PhD Thesis. Her area of interest includes understanding Global Justice in the context of Refugees, Rawls theory of…

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Episode 022 – Fida Ur Rahman; Apostasy, Religious Freedom, and Individual Liberty: Textual and Contextual Analysis of Classical Islamist and Post-Islamist Narratives

Fida Ur Rahman is serving as a Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at University College of Zhob, BUITEMS, Balochistan, Pakistan. He holds M.Phil. in Islamic Studies. He holds an M.Phil. in Islamic Studies. He is also alumnus of Islam and Liberty Network, Malaysia and Acton University, USA. His area of specialization includes Islam,…

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Episode 021 – Ali Hassannia, Between “Religious Intolerance” and “Holy Ignorance”: Discussion of Misconceptions about Religious Freedom

Dr. Ali Hassannia is Assistant Professor, Department of Qur’an and Hadith Studies, Shahed University of Iran. He has a PhD in Theology and Islamic Studies and has published multiple papers in Persian, Arabic and English. The paper he presented at the 7th International Islam and Liberty Conference was based on the analytical descriptive method using…

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Episode 020 – Hakan Coruh, The Concept of Freedom (Huriyya) and Natural Rights in Classical Islamic Jurisprudence

Dr. Hakan Coruh holds his Bachelor of Divinity (Ilahiyat) degree from the Faculty of Divinity, Sakrya University. In 2007, he completed his Master’s degree in Qur’anic Exegesis (tafsir) at the same University. He then completed his PhD at Australia Catholic University in 2015. Hakan’s main field is Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir). At the 7th International Islam…

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