In the past few decades, grim news from the Muslim world has raised an important question in the West: Is Islam a religion compatible with the idea of individual freedom? Does Islam allow, for example, Muslims to change their religion, or critics of the faith to express their thoughts? Does it treat non-Muslims or women as equal human beings? Does it merely propose itself, or rather impose itself?
These are legitimate questions, as Islam’s legal tradition includes many elements of religious coercion, supremacism and even violence. However, reformist trends in Islam reinterpret religious law by referring to the moral teachings at its core. The result is an intellectual battle going on in the Muslim world, where some of the faithful condemn freedom as a Western invention while others praise it as Allah’s blessing. Come join us for a lecture and conversation on this fascinating topic.
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This lecture will be livestreamed @ 12 noon on April 25 for those who cannot join in person.