Welcome to the first IIIT symposium on good governance. This is the genesis of the Islam and Good Governance program at the International Institute of Islamic Thought. This program inspired by Dr. Muqtedar Khan’s award-winning book, Islam and Good Governance: A Political Philosophy of Ihsan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), seeks to explore the ideas, theories, practices and values that are informing contemporary discourse on public policy and good governance all over the World. This symposium is composed of six essays and an annotated bibliography. The essays by prominent scholars seek to advance a critical appreciation of the ideas advanced by Dr. Muqtedar Khan in his book and in the light of those ideas examine how universal values informed by faith can enrich the discourse on good governance. We hope that this symposium will benefit scholars as well as practitioners of good governance and will be read in classrooms and townhalls. Our next symposium will be on the impact of Authoritarianism on Governance.
Dr. Ahmed Alwani
VP, International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)