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Notions of Liberty in Islam

Recorded on July 17, 2008

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

Al-Qaeda seeks to paint the war on terrorism as a war on Islam and provoke a "clash of civilizations" that raises barriers between the West and the Muslim world.  In the dialectic of the terrorists, concepts of human rights, democratic principles, equality before the law, and religious freedom are incompatible with the Muslim faith.  Join us for a discussion with experts that seeks to clarify the debate by examining the compatibility of the religion of Islam with classical liberal values of individual liberty and religious freedom.  The program will focus on trends and developments related to concepts of liberty in Muslim societies and prospects for the future.  How can the West engage effectively in Muslim societies to explore these crucial questions in a substantive and respectful manner?  What is the thinking and debate taking place among Muslim scholars worldwide on concepts of liberty in the religion of Islam?  Please join us for this critical discussion.