Dean Ahmad

Libertarianism and Islam


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.

12 thoughts on “Dean Ahmad”

  1. I laughed whenever I heard Scott’s explanation at the end there… I listen often enough to know he was kidding, but I immediately thought “That guy was probably offended by that.” Aside from that, that was probably one of the more interesting interviews I have heard in awhile. I will be passing that one around the web.

  2. Yeah, but what about the nutbags Muslims in England, France, Denmark, who are continually calling for the death of the infidels, Jews, et al? I mean, these guys may lose incentive to be dicks if the US stops doing what it does. But still, he never addresses them, and I figure they’ll still be around no matter how Good Samaritan America behaves.

  3. My fault. I didn’t ask. My answer is, who cares? No one would be paying them any mind, so it wouldn’t matter.

  4. No one pays any attention?Better keep your eyes wide open,since your mind is so yet narrow. Please take care,my friend. L/l S.G

  5. >How has this guy co-authored a book with Rose Wilder Lane? Lane died in 1968!

    Obviously he took it and probably showed how it applies across the board. Interesting concept.

    As for nobody giving the raging Muslims of Europe no mind, I'm not sure. Nonetheless, their rage is probably driven not so much by their being Muslim, as much as their being ghettoized welfare degenerates who've been encouraged to be such by the state.

    Payback's a bitch.

  6. Dr. something or other has talked about how something or other launch on warning, so..blah, blah, etc.

    Oh, wait. I’m not that guy from every other thread.

    Anyway, about the mention of Ibben Caldune (sp?) that sounds like a lot of what Richard Maybury used to write which is what got me into libertarianism.

  7. Scott, you gave a dismissive reply when the guest explained that a certain figure
    in Islam changed from pro-American to anti as a reaction to the occupation of Palestine in 1948 by Israel, with the blessing and assistance of the USA.
    This is in fact the main problem we have with the Muslim and Arab countries, and until we decide to cut off all assistance to Israel, we will continue to have problems.
    I don’t know what you meant when you said at the end that you were being sarcastic. I just got the feeling that you were afraid to discuss the issue. I sympathize with you, unless you also are one of those that think our support of Israel is justified and necessary.

  8. Good interview. I don’t understand how some will attack and dismiss another point of view. It is completely understandable to disagree with another point of view, but to utterly dismiss it is not in any ones interest. The more we can understand where others points of view are rooted, the sooner we can understand why we face the issues in this world to day and the solutions that can be found. This is true on either side of the coin – no matter what group of people is being intolerant of another views. While we don’t have to disagree, if we can take the time to attempt to understand anthers view points, in a rational human way, the opposing group may be inclined to understand the others views as well.

  9. An anonymous poster asked how it is possible from to co-author a book with a woman who died when I was 20. The answer is that Mrs. Lane’s heir, the late Roger MacBride, gave me permission to turn Miss Lane’s chapter on Islam from her book “The Discovery of Freedom” into a book by writing a running commentary that corrected her errors and provided scriptural and historical citations to prove her thesis. The book is _Islam and the Discovery of Freedom_ and you can find more information at the Minaret of Freedom Institute’s website:

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