Why we changed the name, mission and logo?

We have changed our name from “Istanbul Network for Liberty” to “Islam and Liberty Network”. The main motivation behind this change is to establish a clear association of our liberty-centered work with the Islamic religion, which has a universal appeal rather than any specific location or for that matter with history alone, two characteristics of…

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Islam and Liberty Webinars

  Istanbul Network for Liberty presents its 2018 Series of Webinars which is a lively discussion on topical issues around Islam, Society and Economy led by leading experts. The general orientation is towards intellectual dimensions of relationship between Islam and liberty with focus on religious, civil, political and economic liberties as understood in the Islamic…

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Islam and Cryptocurrency

  Digital technology is changing rapidly and some aspects are causing concern among many Islamic scholars all over the world. One example is the cryptocurrency phenomenon. Dealings in cryptocurrency, whether in developing, mining, funding or investing, are considered non-permissible by some jurists. For instance, Egypt’s Grand Mufti recently issued a fatwa (edict) declaring bitcoin, the best-known cryptocurrency,…

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2018 Islam and Liberty Webinars

January Our first Islam and Liberty webinar introduces Mustafa Akyol as our guest speaker whereby his session will be on “Reforms in Islamic World: ala Luther or ala Locke” with Ali Salman as the moderator. Mustafa Akyol is a Turkish journalist and author whom studied political science and history at the Boğaziçi Universiy. For more…

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5th International Conference, 27 – 28 November 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Report

Istanbul Network 5th International Conference Democratic Transitions in the Muslim World Istanbul Network for Liberty held its fifth annual conference in collaboration with International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia on the 27th and 28th of November 2017. A special thanks to CIPE, Atlas Network and IDEAS for their sponsorship of the conference. This…

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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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Do we need to blame the West?

Author: Ali Salman*   In his article published in the Daily Telegraph on 18 August 2017, the author of “The Islamist” Ed Husain, while responding to the recent violent events in Barcelona, has argued that the main objective of the terrorists, including ISIL, is to bring back the Caliphate. According to his analysis, the terrorists,…

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Conference Update

Dr. Khalid Masud to give keynote address   Dr. Muhammad Khalid Masud, former Director General of Islamic Research Institute, and former Chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, Pakistan, will deliver a key note address on the first day of the Istanbul Network Conference. Muhammad Khalid Masud is currently the HonAd-hoc Member Shariat Appellate Bench of the Supreme…

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