Activity Date
Research Seminars
Area of Research
Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies
06/2013 Politics and Ethics

CILE held a seminar on “Politics and Ethics” 8-10 June, 2013 at its headquarters. The participants focused on two questions:
o What is a civil state with Islamic reference?
o What are the ethical limits on freedom of expression in Islam?
On the first question, the participants confirmed that such state must be a democratic one based on the right of people to choose their ruler. It has to be a state of equality between all citizens, and to abide by values and objectives of Islam.
On the second question, the participants stressed that the freedom of expression is an established right and a divine gift not a human favor. This freedom is absolute by default unless it causes harm to others. They affirmed the necessity of dealing with the matter of freedom ethically, not only as a reaction to some accusations or for self-serving propaganda.
The participants in the seminar are: Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi, Dr. Hasan Al-Turabi, Dr. Rajaa Naji, Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Dr. John Esposito, Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Dr. Abd Al-Majeed Al-Najjar, Dr. Tariq Ramadan, Dr. Jasser Auda, Mr. Chauki Lazhar. It was moderated by Dr. Mohamed El-Moctar El-Shinqiti.

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