Dean Ahmad, president of the Minaret of Freedom Institute and co-author with Rose Wilder Lane of Islam and the Discovery of Freedom, discusses the so-called clash of civilizations, Western misconceptions about Islam, extremist instigators on both sides, how bin Laden’s primary reasons for the Fatwa against America are political not religious, how Islam and Christianity are closely related, misquotations of the Koran’s advice on violence and his view of the possibility that Scottish Enlightenment philosopher John Locke and some of the early Spanish “proto-Austrian School” economists were inspired by Islamic scholars.
MP3 here. (40:18)
Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D, president of the Minaret of Freedom Institute is an internationally known interdisciplinary scientist, author of Signs in the Heavens: A Muslim Astronomer’s Perspective on Religion and Science. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Maryland where he teaches courses on religion and progress and on religion, science and freedom. He also teaches a course on Islam, Science and Development at Georgetown University for the Center on Muslim-Christian Understanding.