Improving the position of women within Muslim communities-Northern Nigeria in view – Adedayo Thomas

By Adedayo Thomas It is a well known fact that in Islam, women are held in high esteem. Bibi Khadija, Prophet Muhammad’s (p.b.u.h.) wife was a business woman and in fact the Holy Prophet was her employee! Then, our beloved Bibi Fatima (a.s.) the Prophet’s daughter was helping him and Hazrat Ali in the management and…

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Rules as moral signposts – a brief sojourn in the realm of philosophy of religion – Khalil Ahmad

By Khalil Ahmad The initial and original inspiration the entity of religion resorts to take advantage of, and exudes is moral. The spirit religions imbibe is ultimately moralistic. That gives them an aura of appeal irresistible to their audience. However, with time, spread, reach, following, politicking, and the unexpected encounters on the road, they start losing…

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Morality of Capitalism – In the Context of a Muslim Mindset – Ali Salman

By Ali Salman For friends and foes alike, capitalism has been largely regarded as an efficient resource allocation mechanism which has played an important role in material advancement of human society over the last two hundred years. Even Karl Marx considered this system as the key to technological and material progress. However, capitalism has been often…

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Islamic Women’s Movement in Turkey: From Street Actions to Islamic Feminism – Ömer Çaha

By Ömer Çaha This paper emphasizes on the development of Islamic women’s movement in Turkey. The sources, values, dynamics and the discourses of the movement will be analyzed from the framework of arguments on social movements. It is obvious that each social movement proclaims an ideology which explains the need for change in the society’s institutions…

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Islam and Free Market Economy: Friend or Foe? – Mustafa Acar & Bahadir Akin

By Mustafa Acar & Bahadir Akin Market economy and free trade are keys to create wealth, peaceful sharing of resources and minimize political disputes between nations. The collapse of the socialist system combined with the globalization has triggered a change and transformation process all over the world. The Arab world has also joined this process recently…

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Amanah, individual empowerment and individual responsibility – Mazlee Malik & Wan Saiful Wan Jan

By Mazlee Malik & Wan Saiful Wan Jan This paper aims to provide a Muslim perspective on the concept of individual responsibility by using welfare provision as an example. We will start by explaining the concept of amanah (trust), arguing that its proper understanding will create individual empowerment, and in turn it will lead to individuals…

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Some Considerations on the Condition of Social, Political, and Economic Thinking in the Islamic World – Atilla Yayla

By Atilla Yayla What I would like to do in this presentation is to share some ideas I have about the current situation of social, political, and economic thought in Islamic countries with the audience. It must be stated at the outset that the presentation does not aim or claim to bring definite solutions to the…

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Islamic Law and Development – Youcef Maouchi

By Youcef Maouchi The fact that Islamic world is experiencing a long phase of underdevelopment is not controversial. Whether the level of development is measured economically (per capita income) or by other variables like, life expectancy, the rate of literacy or the Human Development Index (HDI), the Muslims figure in the world’s poor and experience collectively…

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Islam and free market economy: incompatibility or deviation? – Hicham El Moussaoui

By Hicham El Moussaoui Several studies show the strong positive correlation between market economy and development. Unfortunately, in Muslim countries have no real free market economies. And often when we analyze the causes of economic stagnation in Muslim countries, we sustain the incompatibility of the slam with the market economy. This supposed incompatibility is designed as…

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Arguing for Rule of Law and Good Governance in Muslim Countries – Khalil Ahmad

By Khalil Ahmad Who would deny “Rule of Law” as a pre-condition for Good Governance! Who would deny it is Rule of Law which brings Good Governance! Who would deny Good Governance is a direct consequence of Rule of Law? Who would deny Muslim countries, especially Pakistan, lack Rule of Law and, hence, Good Governance also?…

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Opening and closing remarks at the inaugural meeting of INFoL in Fez – Azhar Aslam

By Azhar Aslam Dr Azhar Aslam’s opening and closing remarks at the inaugural meeting of the Istanbul Network for Liberty in Fez, April 25th, 2012. Dr Azhar Aslam FRCS(G), FACS, FEACS  Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Specialising in Cosmetic Surgery . Dr Aslam trained in Surgery for ten years; out of which five and a half years…

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