In 1993, seminal political scientist Samuel Huntington wrote, “Islamic concepts of politics differ from and contradict the premises of democratic politics.” (The Third Wave, Page 267).

Fast forward 25 years. The Muslim-majority nations are now more democratic than ever. Arab Spring has unleashed new dynamics noting both progress and reversals. There is a simultaneous rise of political freedoms and authoritarianism in the Muslim world. The generalized assertion that Huntington made about incompatibility between Islamic politics and democratic politics may have been outlived by experience. The real question now is not an ideological one, but more empirical. How have Muslim societies dealt with Islamic Democrats in power, and how they have been transformed after assuming power?

Answers to this will be explored  at the Istanbul Network for Liberty’s (INF0L) fifth international conference on “Democratic Transitions in the Muslim World.” The event will discuss one of the most sensitive issues of international politics today: the compatibility of Muslim societies with the liberal democracy.

The conference will be on November 27-28, 2017 at IAIS, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is organized by INFoL in collaboration with the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS), with the support of Atlas Network, Network for Free Society, and Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS).

The full program is available here.

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