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Freedom, Democracy,Civil Society, & Rule of Law


Free Markets

  • Anwar Ibrahim's address on The Importance of Fee Markets to Islam and Muslims.
  • Dr. Ahmad paid tribute to the work of economist Milton Friedman by exploring the role Islamic civilization played in establishing non-state schools and colleges through the civil society sector and the controversy over such institutions today in a talk called "Free to Choose Madrassas."
  • Dr. Ahmad's plenary address on "Islam, Commerce and Business Ethics" delivered at the International Ecumenical Conference on The Ethics of Commerce delivered at the Loyola conference on Business Ethics and Spirituality was published by M.M. Scrivener in Nicholas Capaldi’s Business and Religion: A Clash of Civilizations?.
  • Dr. Ahmad's report on property rights in Islam and their implications for nation-building in Iraq is a two-page summary of his report to the International Property Working Rights Group seeking to establish a system of property rights in Iraq after the 2003 war.
  • Dr. Ahmad's article on Islam and Markets was the take-off point for an outstanding article by Jim Rogers in the April 1998 issue of Worth, a quality financial news magazine. 
  • An Islamic Perspective on the Wealth of Nations, a paper presented at the conference on the Comprehensive Development of  Muslim Countries (Aug. 1-3, 1994) in Subang Jaya, Malaysia. Aug. 1-3, 1994. 
  •  Islam and the Medieval Progenitors of "Austrian" Economics 
  • Dr. Ahmad presented a paper on The Dinar: Indispensability of Hard Money to the Islamic Monetary Regime for the Chicago meeting of the American Muslim Social Scientists on Oct. 30, 1998. 
  • Riba and Interest 
  • Dr. Ahmad gave a presentation on "Using Early Muslim Land Tax Practice to Form an Islamic Theory of Real Property" at the annual conference of the American Muslims Social Scientists in Leesburg Virginia on Oct. 29-31. 
  • I. A. Ahmad 1996, "Islam, Market Economy, and the Rule of Law," (Second International Symposium on Liberalism in Ankara 18-19 May 1996) 
  • I. A. Ahmad 1994, "Islam and Economic Development: Help or Hindrance in Gaza and Jericho?" talk presented to the Washington Chapter of the Society for International Development (Feb. 8, 1994) at the World Bank, Washington, D.C. 
  • I. A. Ahmad 1993, "Islam and Hayek," Economic Affairs 13 #3 (Apr.), 17. 
  • S. Choudhury 1995, "Eyewitness Account of Beijing Conference," New Trend 17 #9 (Nov. '95) p. 2. 
  • S. Choudhury 1995, "Reaching Toward the Horizon: From Beijing to Beyond," Muslim Journal 21 #8 12/8/95 p. 6 and 21 #9 12/15/95, p. 6. 

Islamic Society



Meeting on a new Islamic
  • “The Role of Education in Achieving World Peace” a lecture to a Rumi Forum conference on peacemaking has been accepted for publication in the series “Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture.”
  • Why Muslims Need Separation of School and State, publshed in The Education Liberator.
  • Transcript of Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad's Response to Howard Phillips' remarks on the topic "Because All Education is Religious, Governmnent Must Get Out" 
  • The Suppression of Islamic Education in Turkey, a paper presented to the 1998 Separation of School and State Conference 

Dr. Taj Hargey, Prof. Ali Mazrui, and Dr. Imad-ad- Dean Ahmad were among the discussants making 
plans for a new Islamic Uiversity in America at a 
meeting in Hawthorne, New York. 

Women in Islam

  • Prof. Azizah al-Hibri of the
                                  T.C. Williams School Our 1999  Annual Dinner featured a talk by Omaima Abou-Bakr on "Gender Perspectives in Islamic Tradition" 
  • MFI Secretary Sharmin Ahmad attended a workshop on Islamic Law and Gender at Georgetown University, 1998 
  • Dr. Ahmad discussed Female Circumcision at a conference on Ethiopian community development. 
  • Dr. Ahmad appeared on a panel discussing "Religion and Female Genital Mutilation" at a conference sponsored by the Ethiopian Development Commission in Washington, DC. 
  • Female Genital Mutilation, MFI Pamphlet #1on the Islamic perspective on female circumcision, infibulation, and cliterodectomy. Now available in bulk at $29 for 60 copies postpaid.  Send payment to: Minaret of Freedom Institute, 4323 Rosedale Av., Bethesda, MD 20814-4750. 
Prof. Azizah al-Hibri of the T.C. Williams School 
of Law at the University of Richmond addresses 
the 2000  MFI Annual Dinner on "The Islamic 
Marriage Contract in American Courts."

Middle East Conflict


The "First Conference on Jeruslaem" pictured at left was convened  in Beirut to establish a new international organization  for the liberation of Jerusalem.  MFI President Imad-  ad-Dean Ahmad addressed the conference on the  need for Muslim goups to speak to the non-Muslim  world with the same openness and candor with which  they speak to one another

Terrorism and Jihad


Civil Liberties


Drs. Sami Al-Arian, Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, and Merve Kavakci answer questions at the MFI Fifth Annual Dinner.

Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad spoke out on secret  evidence laws at the National Libertarian  Convention.


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