5th Episode of the ILN Talk Show hosted by Tasnim Idriss, ILN Editorial Associate, on how Dr. Ali Hasannia, Professor at the Department of Quran and Hadith Studies at Shahd University, Iran, was inspired by ILN. Ali Hasannia's work: https://shahed.academia.edu/alihasannia

Dr Husnul Amin is the ILN Pakistan Fellow. He is a Fulbright Research fellow at the Stockton University New Jersey US. He is working on recent civic rights and social mobilizations in the north-west of Pakistan. He is on sabbatical from his permanent position of Associate Professor of Politics and Executive Director of the Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue, International Islamic University Islamabad.

Mustafa Akyol  is the ILN Global Fellow. He is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, where he focuses on the intersection of public policy, Islam, and modernity. A Turkish journalist and author, he is a regular contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and has been a regular opinion columnist for Turkish publications such as Hurriyet Daily News, and for the Middle-East focused Al-Monitor.com.

Muddassar Ahmed is President of the The Concordia Forum, a managing partner at Unitas Communications and independent advisor to the U.K. government

This Podcast was based on a casual conversation betweeb Professor Aymen Boughanmi and Ali Salman, CEO of ILN. 

Dr. Aymen Boughanmi is a researcher in political affairs and economic history.
 He has a PhD in British and American civilization. He teaches at Kairouan College, English Department.
Among his most notable books are: The Post-Revolution State (2012), The Arab Autumn: In the Contradiction between Revolution and Democracy (2015). 


Abbas Mehregan, Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion from the University of Cologne (Germany) and licentiate in Islamic Sciences is a faculty member of the University of Tehran. He has carried out several studies in the field of sociology of Islam as well as the sociology of Islamic countries.

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Ankita Sanyal, PhD scholar at the Centre for West Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Her research is on “Balancing Traditional and Modern Roles of Women in Islamic Republic of Iran: Role of Education System.” She did her post graduation in Politics and International Relations from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru’s Universit, New Delhi, India. She have attended national and international conferences and currrently have two publications.

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Eugene Yapp, based in Malaysia, is currently the Director of Religious Freedom & Liberty Partnership. He also serves as board member of Kairos Dialogue Network, a faith based non-profit organisation dedicated to the advancement of Christian-Muslim relations in Malaysia. 
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Waqas Ahmad is Assistant Professor at Faculty of Management Sciences, International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan. He consider himself as social scientist and interest in age old elusive question of why some nations are rich and others are poor. The complexity of the question require insights not only from economics but also from psychology, sociology, politics and history.

In his paper, the idea of religious freedom and its implications for economic growth will be identified and documented. The government restrictions and social hostilities involving religion has been increasing in the last few years across the globe. In the end, the lesson can be learned from country case studies, where by changing government regulations and social norms, they are able to reap the benefits of religious freedom.

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Saeed Ahmed Rid is an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. He did his PhD in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, UK and his postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford, UK.

In this paper, he tried to explain how a regime type affects religious freedom in same country. Does personality of the ruler and his political vision matter as well? What type of complexities are created by the changing international environment? What kind of new forums and avenues are available to the religious minorities in democratic dispensation that cannot be provided by the dictatorial regimes?

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