Category Archive: ISLAM & LIBERTY

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 …

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May 31 2017

Islam and Classical Liberalism: Are they Compatible?

Source: Excerpt from: http://www.learnliberty.org/blog/islam-and-classical-liberalism-are-they-compatible/ 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 …

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May 29 2017

Does Islam Force Itself On Others?

From the Web Source: http://www.virtualmosque.com/islam-studies/hot-topics/does-islam-force-itself-on-others/  By Mustafa Umar (Virtual Mosque), April 10, 2011 The Accusation One of the most common, yet groundless, accusations being made against Islam is that it forces itself on others. The picture presented is that if someone does not stop Islam, it will forcefully convert everyone, even at gunpoint. Here is …

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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

From the Web Source: http://www.islamanswering.com By the authors at QuestionsOnIslam.com 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 …

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Apr 09 2017

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

From the Web: Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-38987729 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: https://glibertarians.com/2017/03/islam-the-religion-of-libertarianism/ 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. www.minaret.org

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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: http://www.dailysabah.com/columns/hatem-bazian/2015/10/15/on-muslim-toleration 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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Dec 31 2012

Proud Member of the Uncompromising “Minority”

By Will Coley December 31, 2012 “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”,  Samuel Adams. Whenever I read or hear this quote I hear echos of Prophetic wisdom expressed in an adage that I have heard since …

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Dec 24 2012

Khadija Umm ul Muminin: Strength, Character, Intellect: Defining Strong Women.

Written by ‘Amira Mustafa’   Khadija umm ul muminin (r.a), one of the most extraordinary and inspiring women of her time, and she is the epitome of independence for postmodern women. What makes this woman so special? Born in 7th century Arabia, in a society that favored men and treated women as mere chattel Khadija …

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Dec 21 2012

The Sunnah of Personal Protection

Note: ‘Sunnah’ is an Arabic word which means the example and practices of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) By Will Coley December 2012 With the recent tragedy in Connecticut, and the calls of some liberal mainstream Muslim organizations for gun control, some people have asked us to weigh in on this topic. As …

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Dec 18 2012

Ninth-Century Muslim Anarchists

By Davi Barker Published on SF Muslim Examiner, July 30, 2011 I came accross an article titled “Ninth-Century Muslim Anarchists” by Patricia Crone, scholar of early Islamic history at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. It came from JSTOR, which is an online archive of academic journals, but it’s behind a $30 pay wall, so …

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