Why a Particular Political Idea didn’t Emerge in Islamic History? – Hasan Yücel Başdemir

By Assoc. Prof. Hasan Yücel Başdemir – Yildirim Beyazit What is the Trouble in the Muslim World?  When we try to depict the Muslim World in terms of political way we’ll see a situation like   that: There isn’t any good governance, political stability can’t be provided and violence is   dominant. The process which had begun…

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State and community in Islam: Rights, responsibilities and obligations vis a vis individuals – Dzenan Smajic

By Dzenan Smajic Abstract  In this paper, we will try to explain how the idea of a state which is a servant of its individual citizens must   be the supreme issue in nowadays Islamic community. The main thing is that we are not here to speak just   about rights, responsibilities and obligations of the state…

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Private Sector Provision of Welfare in Early Islam: the Waqf – Benedikt Koehler

By Benedikt Koehler Abstract  Waqfs have been a distinctive feature of welfare provision in Islamic societies for many centuries.   However, there is a common perception that waqfs were not conceived during the lifetime of   Muhammad. A recent study of Islamic institutional history, for example, asserted waqfs were an   “institutional choice, which appears to have been…

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Liberal Democracy and Economic Development in Islamic world – Akrem M. Aswed

Dr. Akrem M. Aswed Liberal democracy face several obstacles such as lack of supporting institutions and promoting democracy and freedom, dictatorships that   ruled for long periods, political instability (after the Arab Spring), and also economic underdevelopment, which is a result of the factors above mentioned and a reason sometimes too. In this presentation we will…

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Making the Rule of Law More Effective in Muslim Societies – Junaid S. Ahmad

By Junaid S. Ahmad The constant touchstone of ‘civilized nations’ is “rule of law, not of men”. This guiding principle is results in the impartial, neutral and “just” conception of the law. The law shall apply equally to all, regardless of rank, race, gender and other such divisions pervading in society. This conception of the law…

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Improving the position of women within mainly Muslim countries – Souad Adnane

By Souad Adnane The position of women within mainly Muslim countries is a complicated/complex issue that needs to be handled from different perspectives so to be apprehended. Otherwise, the puzzle would be missing pieces. It is even more complex to suggest “solutions” since they would easily scramble under the deeply rooted wall of traditions and religious…

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Expanding Liberty: Everyday Muslim Lives in Pakistan – Imdad Hussain

By Imdad Hussain A difficult question, i.e., if Islam supports civil liberties, challenges contemporary scholarship on Islam. On one hand, a lot of scholarship denies that Islam supports or is capable of civil liberties. This scholarship links Islam with violence, un-freedom and un-democracy. Though this scholarship has wider appeal; it has acquired almost a hegemonic status.…

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Opening remarks at the 2nd INFoL Conference in Islamabad – Azhar Aslam

By Azhar Aslam Dear Friends, Respected Speakers and Honourable Guests I welcome you to the second international conference of Istanbul Network for Liberty, an organization set up by Muslims to look for the principles of free society from within Islamic history and culture and to promote these values… It is our mission to help setup an…

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