Category Archive: ISLAM & LIBERTY

May 05 2019

Building Muslim Civil Society from the Bottom Up

Source: By: Dr. Imad ad-Dean Ahmad Date: October 2000 Presented October 14, 2000, at the Meeting of the American Muslim Social Scientists at Georgetown University in Washington, DC (Oct. 13-15, 2000) Abstract: We consider the obstacles faced by the construction of Muslim Civil Society in the twentieth century and propose that the problems have mainly been due to …

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Mar 10 2019

LibertyCon19 : My Journey in Faith and Freedom

By Mohammad Anas S Khan M4L Guest Contributor March 2019 It takes a 20 hours long flight from Mumbai all the way to Washington DC; however, it takes the passion for liberty to be privileged among the thousands of leaders around the world to actually experience the wonder that LibertyCon rightly represents. My journey to …

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Jan 26 2019

Emir abd El-Kader: A Teacher for the World (A Story of True Jihad)

Source: By: Dr Imad ad-Dean Ahmad Nov 2018 [On September 12, 2018 the Abd Elkader Project held a [full day forum]  introducing  the Muslim scholar turned fighter, turned POW, turned exile, turned hero to the world, honored by Abraham Lincoln with a gift of dueling pistols and by a small town in Iowa that named …

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Jan 16 2019

Group Rights in the Ottoman ‘Millet’ System

Source: By Tasneem Alkiek (Yaqeen Institute), March 2018 [The following is an excerpt from a Yaqeen Institute publication titled: “Tolerance, Minorities and Ideological Perspectives“. The citations have been removed here, but can be viewed on the publishers website.] … [U]nder Ottoman rule, an official millet system was established. The term millet was used to refer to communities of religious minorities, and eventually led …

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Aug 18 2018

Imran Khan’s Journey to Understanding Islam and Liberty

Source: By Imran Khan (Arab News), January 2002 [The following is an excerpt from an article written in 2002 by Imran Khan (the 2018 elected Prime Minister of Pakistan). Originally titled “Why the West craves materialism & why the East sticks to religion“, the article details Khans personal struggle to harmonize his understanding of both Islam …

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May 31 2017

A Summary of: The Exhumation of Classical Liberal Principles In the Evolution of African Societies

By Ibrahim B Anoba M4L Contributor May, 2017 The following is a summary of longer paper published in the Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, Vol 3, No 1, 2017, eISSN 1857-9760, accessible HERE The absence of technically organized ideologies in traditional African societies made several historians resolve that pre-colonial Africa had no clear patterns that …

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May 31 2017

Islam and Classical Liberalism: Are they Compatible?

Source: By Mustafa Akyol (Learn Liberty), April 10, 2011   In [the] classical age of Islam — say, from the 7th century to the 19th century — there was at least one gain in terms of liberty: Muslim states did not have a single law of the land. They rather had multiple legal systems to which individuals …

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Apr 11 2017

Q&A: Is There a Concept of a State in Islam?

By Ramy Osman April 2017   The following is a transcript of a question-answer exchange between M4L Director Will Coley and author/journalist Mustafa Akyol at the International Students for Liberty Conference held in Washington DC in February 2017. Mustafa Akyol gave a talk titled “Islam and Liberty: Are they compatible?”, and this excerpt is from the …

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Apr 10 2017

The Concept of Freedom in Islam

Source: By the authors at Freedom, both as a concept and as a value, has been denied to many individuals, groups, and nations. It has been often misunderstood and abused. The fact is that in no human society can man be free in the absolute sense of the word. There must be some …

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Apr 09 2017

BBC Video: Tariq Ramadan: ‘Islam’s quiet intellectual revolution’

From the Web: Source: By Viewsnight on BBC (BBC World) March 13, 2017 Viewsnight is BBC Newsnight’s new place for ideas and opinion. Here, author and academic Tariq Ramadan argues there is an “intellectual revolution” taking place within Islam. This is a response to Graeme Wood’s Viewsnight: The rise of Islamic State is the …

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Apr 09 2017

CATO Event: Islamic Liberalism: Real or False Hope?

By Ramy Osman April 2017 The CATO Institute in Washington DC hosted an event on February 15, 2017 titled “Islamic Liberalism: Real or False Hope?” (see the video at bottom of this page). The event was a discussion/debate between Turkish journalist and author Mustafa Akyol and American author Shadi Hamid, moderated by CATO’s Ian Vasquez. Akyol presented …

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Mar 20 2017

Islam: The Religion of Libertarianism (Interview)

From the Web: Source: By Old Man With Candy (OMWC) (Gilbertarians) March 13, 2017   [An interview] in which a Palestinian Arab Muslim and a secular Zionist Jew find much accord. Many take it as a given that Islam and any notion of liberty are diametrically opposed. People are quick to point out the number …

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Aug 04 2016

Muhammad Ali Fought Against State and Religious Violence

By Ramy Osman August 2016   You don’t have to quote the Non-Aggression Principle to know that violence and aggression are wrong. It’s something that we’re taught from an early age – which is: be kind and considerate to others, and don’t be aggressive or violent. It’s called good manners, it’s called morality. 

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Jun 16 2016

The perseverance of Muhammad Ali

By Ramy Osman June 2016 The below video is an excerpt from a Friday sermon given by Muslim libertarian, Dr Imad ad-Dean Ahmad on 6/9/2016. Dr Imad ad-Dean Ahmad is the founder and president of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, the first Muslim libertarian think-tank.

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Dec 12 2015

Wanton Violence IS Not Islam

  From Around the Web Source: NEW ISLAMIC DIRECTIONS By Imam Zaid Shakir (NID) November 2015 One of the gravest consequences of the recent wave of terrorist atrocities attributed to the so-called Islamic State – the downing of a Russian airliner over the Sinai, the bombing of a marketplace in Beirut, and now the shootings …

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Nov 26 2015

On Muslim Toleration

                        From Around the Web Source: By Hatem Bazian ( DAILY SABAH) October 15, 2015 In “A Letter Concerning Toleration” from exile in the Netherlands, John Locke articulated a truly liberal view concerning freedom of conscious that he hoped might help resolve Europe’s …

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Sep 11 2015

Reflections of 9-11: A Journey From Hate to Hope

By: Adam Bates M4L Guest Contributor September 11, 2015 “Never Forget, Never Again.” 14 years ago I was sitting in my classroom in Oklahoma watching the coverage. We had been told (in typical public school fashion) that a plane had crashed in NYC, but that we were to continue classes and not turn on the …

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May 18 2013

The Pledge of Allegiance and the Religion of the State

By Davi Barker Published on SF Muslim Examiner, March 12, 2012 An appellate court has rejected arguments that the pledge of allegiance violates the wall of separation between church and state. Judge Carlos Bea noted that schools do not require students to recite the pledge. Tell that to the 10-year-old Arkansas boy who was yelled …

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Apr 19 2013

Announcing the Publication of “Voluntary Islam”

. Announcing the Publication of “Voluntary Islam” By Davi Barker February 15, 2013, published on SF Muslim Examiner It has been over a year in the making, but “Voluntary Islam and Other Essays” is finally set for publication on February 19th. Voluntary Islam is an anthology of my best articles in the 4 years I’ve …

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Feb 09 2013

What does the Torah teach us about gun control and self-defense? (Part 1)

Perspectives: What does the Torah teach us about gun control and self-defense? (Part 1) By Sha’ul Newman  February, 2013 Gun control seems to be the “hot button” topic in the mainstream media as of late.  On one side, we have Obama and the Statists pushing to ban Americans from owning certain weapons, restricting the amount …

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