VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society. 26th Floor
Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
Mohammed Amin MBE
Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum
Founding member of the Istanbul Network for Liberty
Imam Sheikh Dr Usama Hasan
Head of Islamic Studies at Quilliam
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The recently published Islamic Foundations of a Free Society addresses the issue of the compatibility of Islam with a free society. It was written by 13 Islamic scholars from around the world and aims to enlighten those in the West who are unacquainted with the details of Islam, while encouraging Muslims to learn from their history of pluralistic Islamic civilisations.
The Henry Jackson Society and Istanbul Network for Liberty are delighted to invite you to an event with Mohammed Amon MBE, Azahar Aslam and Dr Usama Hasan who will discuss how Islam can work within a Western liberal society, in relation to the book, Islamic Foundations of a Free Society. Muslim civilisations were once leaders in the areas of tolerance, freedom, science and medicine. Today they are lagging in most international indices covering economic freedom, human development and human rights. Their book makes the case that economic failure of Muslim countries is not caused by incompatibility between the tenets of Islam and the principles of a free society but the deviation from the liberal tradition of early Islam. Liberalism is not a Western, Christian or atheist construct. The authors demonstrate that Islam is not only compatible with liberalism, but is inherently liberal.
**Copies of the book will be available to purchase on the day for £10, cash only.**
Mohammed Amin MBE FRSA MA FCA AMCT CTA (Fellow) is the Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, Co-Chair of the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester, a Fellow of The Muslim Institute and an Associate Member of The British Association for Islamic Studies. Up until 2009, Amin was a tax partner at PwC and a member of the firm’s Supervisory Board as well as its UK Head of Islamic Finance. A Sunni Muslim, for the past few years he has been writing and speaking about Islam and the role of religion in society.
Azhar Aslam is a founding member of the Istanbul Network for Liberty and chief executive of EO Vision21 Foundation, a Pakistani based NGO. He is also the Program Director of its Speed Literacy Program, which aims to tackle illiteracy in Pakistan. His writings interests include: the individual, freedom of choice and tolerance in the Quran in Islamic Foundations of a Free Society.
(Imam Sheikh Dr) Usama Hasan is the Head of Islamic Studies at Quilliam. As a teenager, he became a radical Salafi activist and briefly took part in the ‘Jihad’ against Communist forces in Afghanistan. However, following the 7/7 bombings he started campaigning against extremism and for religious reform. Dr Usama has served as a part-time imam for over 30 years and is a certified transmitter of the Qur’an and Hadith scriptures. He holds a PhD, MSc & MA in Physics and Artificial Intelligence from the Universities of Cambridge & London and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and of the Muslim Institute.