Episode 033 – Saeed Ahmed Rid; Does Democracy positively affect Religious freedom? A case Study of Pakistan

Saeed Ahmed Rid is an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. He did his PhD in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, UK and his postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford, UK. In this paper, he tried to explain how a regime type affects religious freedom…

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The ILN Post: Islamic Microfinance in Alleviating Poverty: The Model of the Rural Development Scheme (RDS) of Islamic Bank Bangladesh Limited

Author: Md. Thowhidul Islam, an Associate Professor of Bangladesh Studies, Center for University Requirement Courses, International Islamic University Chittagong. Poverty has been and still remains one of the oldest challenges to human civilization and development. Currently, there are 736 million people living under extreme poverty around the world, and it is estimated that additional 40…

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Episode 032 – Jani Kinnunen, The Role of Freedom of Religion and Political Regime for Human Development Indices

Jani Kinnunen is a researcher at Åbo Akademi, Finland. His research interests include data science related to economics and political science. His application work has focused on freedoms in economic and political systems, mergers and acquisitions, and real options. His paper studies how the combination of political regime and religious freedoms are related to human…

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Zainal Abidin Bagir

Episode 030 – Zainal Abidin Bagir; The Politics and Law of Blasphemy in Indonesia

Zainal Abidin Bagir is the executive director of the Center of Religious and Cross Cultural Studies at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia. Bagir specializes in philosophy of religion, religion and science, and religion and ecology. His presentation speaks on blasphemy law in Indonesia, comparing it globally, seeing how has it been used, current revitalization of…

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Episode 028 – Mohd. Izharul Haque Mikrani; IMAN: Efforts for Religious Freedom in Nepal

Mohd. Izharul Haque Mikrani is a prominent media personality and a fighter for Democracy, Human Rights, Pluralism, Freedom of Religion or Belief despite challenges and threats. Currently, Mr. Mikrani is the president of the Intellectual Muslims Association of Nepal (IMAN). This organization works to promote interfaith dialogue among people of different faiths. He is also…

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Episode 026 – A.K.M Iftekharul Islam, Secularism, Islamism and Religious Minorities: the Case of Bangladesh

A. K. M. Iftekharul Islam is assistant professor of Department of Islamic History & Culture at University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has a masters in Islamic History & Culture. Various of his articles has been referred to in journals. His paper is an attempt to examine the present condition of religious minorities in Bangladesh; impact…

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