Theology & Philosophy

The Interface of Culture, Religion, and Liberty in Islam and Christianity


This conference focused on the interface of culture, religion, and liberty in Islam and Christianity. Considering the expansion of Islam from North Africa to the South Pacific, we used the occasion to explore the possible reasons for the success of that expansion and then, having discussed those events, moved to issues of the Western influences in Islamic countries.


Conference Readings

al-Qaradawi. The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam. Translated by Kamal El-Helbawy, M. MoinuddinSiddiqui, Ahmad Zaki Hammad and Syed Shukry. Indianapolis: Saeed International, 1980.

Christman, Henry M. The American Journalism of Marx & Engels. Edited by Henry M. Christman. New York: The New American Library, 1966.

Clark, Gregory. A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007.

Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1999.

Hoyland, Robert G.. Arabia and the Arabs. London: Routledge, 2001.

Hsia, R. Po-Chia. Social Discipline in the Reformation: Central Europe 1550-1750. London: Routledge, 1989.

Hume, David. Essays: Moral, Political, and Literary. Edited by Eugene F. Miller. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1985.

Lal, Deepak. Unintended Consequences: The Impact of Factor Endowments, Culture, and Politics on Long-Run Economic Performance. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2001.

Mill, John Stuart. On Liberty [4th edition]. London: Longman, Roberts, & Green Co., 1869.

Robinson, David. Muslim Societies in African History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Rosenthal, Franz. The History of Al-Tabari, Volume I. Edited by Franz Rosenthal. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1987.

Rosenthal, Franz. Saasaanids, the Byzantines, the Lakhmids, and Yemen. Edited by Franz Rosenthal. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1987.

Say, J. B. The Economist in Troubled Times: Writings. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997.

Watt, W. Montgomery. Islam and the Integration of Society. London: Routledge, 1961.