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:(Keep reading on their web site.)
- to counter distortions and misconceptions about Islamic beliefs and practice
- to demonstrate the Islamic origins of modern values like the rule of law and sciences like market economics
- to advance the status of Muslim peoples maligned by a hostile environment in the West and oppressed by repressive political regimes in the East
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.
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