Sunday, September 25, 2011

Muslim libertarians

The Minaret of Freedom Institute is a group of Muslim scholars dedicated to libertarian values, including both civil and economic freedom. As they put it,
The Minaret of Freedom Institute was founded in 1993 with a dual mission for educating both Muslims and non-Muslims. For non-Muslims our mission is:
  1. to counter distortions and misconceptions about Islamic beliefs and practice
  2. to demonstrate the Islamic origins of modern values like the rule of law and sciences like market economics
  3. to advance the status of Muslim peoples maligned by a hostile environment in the West and oppressed by repressive political regimes in the East
(Keep reading on their web site.)

To be honest, I know embarrassingly little about Muslim thought in the modern world, considering how important it is in our time. But since ideas are often processed best through synthesis, it's nice that there are organizations like this, who combine a discussion of Islamic thought with ideas I'm already quite familiar with.

It's amazing what you can discover on Youtube.

1 comment:

  1. Salaam Alaykum. Considering the vast similarities between Islam and Christianity, it might not be so hard for you to understand Islamic thought. Islam has always embraced free markets and proto-capitalism. As you can see, the Arab socialist parties in the Middle East are being overthrown one at a time. I myself agree with libertarianism and free-market capitalism.


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