Islamic foundations of a free society / edited by Nouh El Harmouzi and Linda Whetstone ; with contributions by Mustafa Acar, Souad Adnane, Azhar Aslam, Hasan Yücel Başdemir, Kathya Berrada, Maszlee Malik, Youcef Maouchi, Hicham El Moussaoui, M.A. Muqtedar Khan, Bican Şahin, Atilla Yayla.

First edition.
  • Rawalpindi : Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue : Islam and Liberty Network : Institute of Economic Affairs, 2016.
  • ©2016
xviii, 188 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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The IEA's Islamic Foundations of a Free Society, written by a range of Islamic scholars, sheds a great deal of light on questions about Islam's compatibility with a free society and a free economy. This book aims to inform those in the West who view Islam with fear and suspicion, while encouraging Muslims to remember and learn from their history of rich and pluralistic Islamic civilisations. Muslim majority lands were once the most advanced regions on earth in the areas of tolerance, freedom, science and medicine. Today they are shown as laggards in most international indices covering economic freedom, human development and human rights. The economic failure of Muslim countries is not caused by incompatibility between the tenets of Islam and the principles of a free economy, but the deviations from the liberal tradition of early Islam. Islam not only wants freedom of the individual from theocracy, but also from control by the state. Islam emphasises the role and responsibility of the individual; freedom of faith is fundamental principle.-- Provided by Publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references.
  • The condition of social, political and economic thinking in the Islamic world from a classical liberal perspective / Atilla Yayla, Bican Şahin
  • Reason versus tradition, free will versus fate, interpretation versus literalism : intellectual underpinnings of the negative outlook for the Muslim world / Mustafa Acar
  • Welfare beyond the state : 'ihsani' societal-based welfare / Maszlee Malik
  • The individual, freedom of choice and tolerance in the Quran / Azhar Aslam
  • Economic freedom : the path to women's emancipation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region / Sound Adnane
  • Jihad and political change : a perspective based on Quranic sources / M.A. Muqtedar Khan
  • Islam and politics today : the reasons for the rise of jihadism / Hasan Yücel Başdemir
  • Islam and a free-market economy : are they compatible? / Hicham El Moussaoui
  • Islamic finance : between the reality and the ideal / Youcef Maouchi.
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