The IEA’s Islamic Foundations of a Free Society

Islamic World, Middle East, and Market Economy   Nouh El Harmouzi and Linda Whetstone, eds. “Islamic Foundations of a Free Society”. London: The Institute of Economic Affairs. 2016. Book review by Devrim Ozkan*   “Islamic Foundations of a Free Society” provides a detailed overview of the political and economic ties surrounding Islam. In this book,… Continue reading The IEA’s Islamic Foundations of a Free Society

The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims

The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims by Mustafa Akyol is a Muslim’s look at Jesus in both a historical and religious sense. Akyol studied political science at Bogazici University in Istanbul. He is a journalist and author of several books on Islam and Turkish politics. He… Continue reading The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims

Western Muslims and the Future of Islam

Western Muslims and the Future of Islam. By Tariq Ramadan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. ISBN: 0-19-517111-X (hbk). Review doi: 10.1558/CIS.v2i1.117 Book reviewed by Ron Geaves This review is published by Equinox Publishing in 2008. Tariq Ramadan is one of the most eloquent voices calling for an Islamic commitment that is firmly based on the… Continue reading Western Muslims and the Future of Islam

In Pursuit of Justice: The Jurisprudence of Human Rights in Islam

  Authors: Maher Hathout with Uzma Jamil, Gasser Hathout and Nayyar Ali Publisher: Muslim Public Affairs Council, 2006 ISBN 0-9774404-0-0 Book reviewed by Faroque Ahmad Khan This review is published in JIMA: Vol. 39, 2007, p.128-9. What is the relationship of Islam to the modern state? What value does fiqh (jurisprudence) created centuries back have… Continue reading In Pursuit of Justice: The Jurisprudence of Human Rights in Islam

Promoting Economic Freedom in Muslim-Majority Countries is the Key to Prosperity

The IEA’s Islamic Foundations of a Free Society, written by a range of Islamic scholars, sheds a great deal of light on questions about Islam’s compatibility with a free society and a free economy. This book aims to inform those in the West who view Islam with fear and suspicion, while encouraging Muslims to remember and… Continue reading Promoting Economic Freedom in Muslim-Majority Countries is the Key to Prosperity

Islamic Capitalism and Finance: Origins, Evolution and the Future

Author: Prof. Murat Çizakça(*) “It was a humbling experience to read the product of such a remarkable feat of scholarship. It is all at once an exploration in analytic history and a comprehensive text of Islamic finance theory and application. It is also one of the most succinct renditions of evolution of Islamic finance embedded… Continue reading Islamic Capitalism and Finance: Origins, Evolution and the Future

Islam and the Challenge of Human Rights

Reviewed by Dr. Niaz A. Shah* Abdulaziz Sachedina has set himself the noble but challenging task of searching for a human rights system in the Islamic tradition, a system that would guarantee human dignity and which would not conflict with the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sachedina endeavors to go to the foundational… Continue reading Islam and the Challenge of Human Rights

Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy

Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies Reviewed by Faisal Kutty* Nineteenth-century French thinker Alexis de Tocqueville wrote that the relationship between religion and democracy in the West was the “great problem of our time.” While arguably it may be less significant in the West now, it is altogether a different matter in the Muslim… Continue reading Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy

Islam and the Discovery of Freedom

A Message of Liberty for Muslims and Non-Muslims Alike Reviewed by George C. Leef Mention “Islam” to most Americans and they think of Saddam Hussein or the Ayatollah Khomeini. It is popularly linked to violence and terrorism, which is unfortunate. Far from being synonymous with intolerance and bloodshed, Islam has a history of peace and respect… Continue reading Islam and the Discovery of Freedom

Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty

* A review of Mustafa Akyol’s “Islam Without Extremes” by Muhammad Ali Siddiqi A THEME now dominating new works on Islam is a forceful denunciation of its perceived takeover by the conservative — ‘traditionalist’ — school that came into being centuries after the revelation of the Holy Quran. Many Western scholars, Karen Armstrong among them,… Continue reading Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty