COVID-19 Does Regime Type Matter

COVID-19 Does Regime Type Matter Author: Ali Salman, CEO Islam & Liberty Network The response of public health authorities to the multi-fold crises imposed by COVID-19 has two dimensions. One dimension is the physical handling of suspect and confirmed cases, which includes testing capability, hospital care and implementation of social distancing measures. The second dimension […]

Mustafa Akyol – Reforms in Islamic World ala Luther or ala Locke

Mustafa Akyol – Reforms in Islamic World ala Luther or ala Locke Pathways to Reform in the Islamic World NEW YORK: “Liberal democracy has emerged from the era of Reformation  and Enlightenment. These movements also nurtured other  ideas like tolerance, diversity, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, equality before law, rule of law, free markets, […]

Malaysia Roots of a Democratic Society

Malaysia Roots of a Democratic Society Malaysia: Roots of a Democratic Society Opening Address by Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz, Founding President of Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), at the Istanbul Network 5th International Conference: Democratic Transitions in the Muslim World   Introduction Assalamu’alaikum warahmatulahi wabarakatuh, good morning and welcome, particularly to […]

Its Time For The Right To Openly Embrace Classically Liberal Muslims

Its Time For The Right To Openly Embrace Classically Liberal Muslims Author: Dan Jones* The West’s manipulation of the world’s second-largest religion for political purposes threatens to do lasting damage to the idea of Islam and its innocent followers. If you were born and raised in the West, think back to your textbooks on world […]

Islam, Democracy and Civil Society

Islam, Democracy and Civil Society Author: Chandran Kukathas* What is the relationship between Islam, democracy, and civil society? This is the question which supplies the topic of this essay, Its purpose, more particularly, is to explore the place of Islam in the modern world-a world which contemporary writers increasingly try to understand by invoking the […]

Islam Secularism and Liberal Democracy

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 […]

Islam and the Discovery of Freedom

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 […]

Islam and Politics Today The Reasons of the Rise of Jihadism

Islam and Politics Today The Reasons of the Rise of Jihadism Author: Hasan Yücel Başdemir* THE PROBLEM Today, political unrest and violence is dominant in the Islamic World. Almost in every corner of the Middle East, bad governments are in power that do not give the right to live to those who are in peaceful […]

Islam and Classical Liberalism Are They Compatible ?

Islam and Classical Liberalism Are They Compatible ? Mustafa Akyol* At first glance, classical liberalism and Islam may seem not just incompatible, but in complete opposition. Classical liberalism is a political philosophy that aims at maximizing individual freedom. Islam, on the other hand, is a religion that stresses “submission” and “obedience.” Moreover, today’s predominantly Muslim […]

Is Libertarianism Compatible With Religion ?

Is Libertarianism Compatible With Religion ? This talk was given by Laurence M. Vance at the 2011 Austrian Scholars Conference at the Mises Institute. I never met Murray Rothbard. I still remember the day when I received a postcard in the mail announcing that he had died. I think that he, an agnostic Jew, and […]