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 our guests from around the world.…

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Islam and Liberty

Author: William Coley[1] “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the…

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How to Relate Society with State: Explicating the Experiences of Islamization in Pakistan – Raza Ullah

By Raza Ullah This study contests the concept of Islamic state and Islamization in Muslim societies particularly Pakistan as a case. It overviews different sources and discusses Islamization in Pakistan; which initiates in 1949 with Objectives Resolution and onward inclusion of Islamic provisions in the 1973 constitution and  General Zia’s formal Islamization of constitution and society…

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Economic Freedom: The way Towards Women’s Emancipation in the MENA Region – Souad Adnane

By Souad Adnane Women’s issues have been conceptualized in the international development context in many forms and trends that have affected in a way or another local policies with this regard. Countries of the Arab world, as all the countries who signed and ratified the UN treaties related to gender and women’s issues, have been affected by this…

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Religious people and the support of free markets in the Arab and Muslim world – Mustapha Radji

By Mustapha Radji This presentation is based on journal articles based on World Values Survey Database which is a global network of social scientists studying changing values and their impact on social ,economic and political life. This study looks into the impact of muslim religiosity on attitudes conducting to free markets.  Mustapha Radji is an Associate Professor…

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