Theology & Philosophy

Religion, Society, and Freedom


This conference explored the ways in which Christian and Muslim philosophers, theologians, and historians have engaged with the project of human liberty. In particular, the conference looked for areas of agreement and disagreement in approaches toward liberty within the two religious traditions. 


Conference Readings

Abd al-Raziq, Ali, “Message Not Government, Religion Not State” In Liberal Islam, edited by Charles Kurzman, 29-36. translated by Joseph Massad. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Ahmad, Imad-ad-Dean, “Islam, Commerce, and Business Ethics” In Business and Religion: A Clash of Civilizations?, edited by Nicholas Capaldi, 200-214. Salem: M & M Scrivener Press, 2005.

Dalberg, John Emerich Edward and Lord Acton, edited by John Neville Figgis and Reginald Vere Laurence. The History of Freedom and Other Essays. Edited by John Neville Figgis and Reginald Vere Laurence. London: Macmillan, 1907.

David Forte. “Islam's Trajectory.” Foreign Policy Research Institute. (July 29, 2010).

Erdogan, Mustafa. Islam and Liberalism. Ankara: Liberte, 1998.

Esposito, John and John Voll. Islam and Democracy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Fradkin, Hillel, “Epilogue: Does Democracy Need Religion?” In World Religions and Democracy, edited by Larry Diamond, Marc F. Plattner, and Philip J. Costopoulos, 245-252. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

Gregg, Samuel, “Catholicism and the Case for Limited Government.” in Catholic Social Teaching and the Market Economy, edited by Philip Booth, 254-273. London: Institute for Economic Affairs, 2007.

Gutierrez, Gustavo. Theology of Liberation. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1988.

Islahi, Abdul Azim. Economic Concepts of Ibn Taymiyah. Leicester, United Kingdom: The Islamic Foundation, 2007.

Mortimer, Edward. Faith and Power: The Politics of Islam. New York: Vintage Books, 1982.

Novak, Michael. The Catholic Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. New York: Simon & Shuster, 1993.

Philpott, Daniel, “The Catholic Wave.” in World Religions and Democracy, edited by Larry Diamond, Marc F. Plattner and Philip J. Costopoulos, 102-116. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

Roepke, Wilhelm, “Liberalism and Christianity” In Modern Age, edited by George A. Panichas, 513-519. Indianapolis: Liberty Press, 1988.

Saeed, Abdullah. Freedom of Religion, Apostasy and Islam. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2004.

Shariati, Ali. On the Sociology of Islam. Translated by Hamid Algar. Berkeley: Mizan Press, 1979.

Wendy McElroy. “The Origins of Religious Tolerance: Voltaire.” The Independent Institute. (July 29, 2010).