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; application work has focused on freedoms in economic and political systems, mergers and acquisitions and real options. He has circa 50 publications from international conferences and journals. His paper studies how the combination of…

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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. Mr. Rid is widely published international speaker. In this paper he tried to explain…

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Faisal Aziz, [Proportionality In Hate Speech Laws]

Faisal Aziz (Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz) currently is President of Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (ABIM)  and Deputy Chairperson of  the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih). He is a lawyer by profession and previously served as the Head of Litigation Department focusing on public interest litigation and criminal defenses. He also represented cases involving refugees and…

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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. He is the author of Science and Religion in the Post-Colonial World: Interfaith Perspectives (2005). Bagir was also a part…

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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 and have various of his articles referred to in journals. His paper is an attempt to examine the present condition of religious minorities in Bangladesh, impact…

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Mujeeb Hussain Gattoo, [The Ahmediyya question, the response of Muslim Scholars, and the (im)possibility of religious co-existence in Contemporary Islamic Thought]

Mujeeb Hussain Gattoo is an Assistant Professor with Higher Education Department, Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir. He is also a PhD Scholar at Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi, India. His paper uses Ahmediyya question as a prism to study the problems raised above and probe into the possibility (or…

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Azeemah Saleem, [Revisiting Religious Freedom in ‘Secular’ and ‘Islamic’ Constitution]

Azeemah Saleem, Doctoral Candidate in Center for West Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is working on “Syrian Refugees in Germany: An Understanding through the Prism of Global Justice” as her PhD Thesis. Her area of interest includes understanding Global Justice in the context of Refugees, Rawls theory of…

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Amel Azzouz, [Religious Freedom in a Muslim Democracy: Case of new Tunisian Constitution]

Amel Azzouz is a member of Ennahdha’s Shura Council and teacher of English language and literature in the Tunisian university. She’s a former member of Tunisian Constituent Assembly and received master of political science in Faculty of Juridical, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis. Her paper talks the the change of Tunisia’s constitution post revolution.…

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Ali Hassannia, [Between “Religious Intolerance” and “Holy Ignorance”: Discussion of Misconceptions about Religious Freedom]

Dr. Ali Hassannia is Assistant Professor, Department of Qur’an and Hadith Studies, Shahed University of Iran. He has a PhD in Theology and Islamic Studies and has published multiple papers in Persian, Arabic and English. The paper he presented were based on the analytical descriptive method and through Quranic notions, traditional and Islamic teachings and…

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Hakan Coruh, [The Concept of Freedom (Huriyya) and Natural Rights in Classical Islamic Jurisprudence]

Hakan Coruh holds his Bachelor of Divinity (Ilahiyat) degree from the Faculty of Divinity, Sakrya University. In 2007, he completed his Master’s degree in Qur’anic Exegesis (tafsir) at the same University. He then completed his PhD at Australia Catholic University in 2015. Hakan’s main field is Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir). His presentation focuses on Hanafite jurist…

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Mohammad Hashim Kamali, [Freedom of Religion and Apostasy: Issues, Responses and Developments]

Professor Mohammad Hashim Kamali is founding CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, Malaysia, and a world renowned scholar in his field of specialisation. He serves on the International Advisory Board of thirteen academic journals published in Malaysia, USA, Canada, Kuwait, India, Australia and Pakistan. Professor Kamali has served as a member and…

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