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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-18-08 06:44 PM
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Book Review: Islam and the Discovery of Freedom
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1.) This is Free Market loon site
2.) I am not advocating anything here
3.) But it was so wildly different than any other view of Islam I have seen that I thought it was worth a read.
4.) Did you know that there was a: "Minaret of Freedom Institute, an Islamic free-market think tank"?

Mention Islam to most Americans and they think of Saddam Hussein or the Ayatollah Khomeini. It is popularly linked to violence and terrorism, which is unfortunate. Far from being synonymous with intolerance and bloodshed, Islam has a history of peace and respect for individual rights. One famous exponent of freedom who knew that was Rose Wilder Lane.

Her original book, The Discovery of Freedom, contains an abundance of information on the golden era of Islamic civilization, particularly the role that free markets played in that remarkably progressive and virtually stateless society. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, president of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, an Islamic free-market think tank, has in Islam and the Discovery of Freedom taken Rose Wilder Lanes original text and added scholarly commentary.

For the most part, he documents points she makes, but occasionally corrects her writing. By placing his commentary in footnotes, Ahmad is able to strengthen Lanes argument that Islamic civilization flourished because of its emphasis on freedom and the rights of the individual without detracting from her beautiful writing style.

In an era in which many people expect government to do everything from caring for toddlers to building highways, it is astounding to learn how little government did in the ancient Islamic world. Schools, hospitals, and even roads were built by private foundations.
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