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Video - Why the Islam & Liberty Network is vital

Because it advances the understanding of religious, political, and economic freedom for peace and prosperity in Muslim majority countries.


Presented 5 November 2021. Posted 25 November 2021

The Islam & Liberty Network held its 8th International Conference online using Zoom on 5 & 6 November 2021.

As Chairman of the Council, I was the first speaker, responsible for welcoming the participants. I also took the opportunity to make a short 13-minute personal presentation to explain why I regard the Network as vital.

You can watch it below.

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Presentation slides

I am happy to share the PowerPoint slides.

Text of question

I was asked a question by one of the participant. For privacy reasons, I have not published the recording of the question, but have transcribed it, as two slides in the video, followed by the video recording of my answer.

For convenience, the text of the question is also reproduced below.

“According to Professor Mohammed Amin, the backwardness of Muslim majority countries is due to their lack of religious, economic, and political freedom.

I think my country, Tunisia, is a counter-example.

Until 25 July 2021 we have had a very progressive, liberal, and democratic constitution with economic and political freedom.

This [freedom] has been unable to deliver and we are still lagging behind.

I accept that 10 years [since freedom arrived] is a short time, but there are other reasons which are not addressed even if you have the best of constitutions.”

Data for slide 6

It is of course impossible to read the country names on Slide 6 below.

Accordingly you can download a PDF file with the data.

Book mentioned on slide 10

I have not yet written a review of “What Went Wrong? — Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response” by Bernard Lewis, but intend to do so.

Pakistan vs South Korea comparison on slide 11

When presenting slide 11, I mention that I assembled the data a few years ago. Accordingly I have update it in the table below. The 2021 data is the same as in the PDF file above.


South Korea


1950 GDP per person (Source Nationmaster)

$ 650

$ 876


2013 GDP per capita, PPP, source IMF

$ 4,574

$ 33,791


2021 GDP per capita, PPP, source IMF

$ 5,224

$ 47,027


Link to the article mentioned on slide 12

My website has the article mentioned: "Why are Muslim majority countries lagging behind?"

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