The reality of freedom in past civilizations and its practices in contemporary Islamic societies

Murshed, Amer Abdulwahab Mahyoub and Amer, Eftekhar Ali Abdo (2021) The reality of freedom in past civilizations and its practices in contemporary Islamic societies. Journal of Al-Tamaddun, 16 (2). pp. 111-126. ISSN 1823-7517, DOI

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Historical reading of the actual picture of freedom in ancient civilizations and today’s realities indicates that the values of freedom and human rights have been violated. It also indicates that people have been subjugated by authoritarian regimes. The purpose of this research is to reflect on the actual reality of freedom in contemporary Islamic societies. To this effect, the study adopted a descriptive and historical approach using a survey to review the opinions of academics about freedom in contemporary Islamic societies. The study suggests that freedom is not granted easily but is rather obtained by force. It also indicates that freedom is inherent in human nature and it is often enhanced by persistence, enriched by satisfaction, and prescribed by good legislations. The opinions obtained by the survey also suggest that there exists an utterly insignificant and limited space of freedom in Islamic societies. To yield fruitful results in our contemporary life, freedom must be originated from the servitude to the Almighty Allah by adhering to the Islamic constants in the Quran and Prophetic traditions and referring to Islamic legislation in which all rights are protected without favor nor exception. © 2021, Academy of Islamic Studies, Dept of Islamic History and Civilization, University of Malaya. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Freedom;Principles;Reality;Civilizations;Contemporary Islamic societies
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
Divisions: Academy of Islamic Studies
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2022 08:23
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2022 08:23

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