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The Collins Center for Abrahamic Heritage

Advancing research and education from Jewish, Christian, and Islamic perspectives on liberty, economics, and human flourishing.

About

Thanks to the generosity of Gilbert I. Collins and family, the Acton Institute launched the Collins Center for Abrahamic Heritage in 2022 to advance research and education from Jewish, Christian, and Islamic perspectives on liberty, economics, and human flourishing. Acknowledging both the commonalities and differences between religions, the Collins Center encourages genuine, robust dialogue between scholars and leaders of different faiths.

Intolerance, religious conflict, and legal inequalities divide many Jews, Christians, and Muslims around the world. Today, and throughout history, these faiths have sometimes been misused to threaten human dignity and the common good. But that is not the full story in the long histories of the Abrahamic faiths. Rather than decrying the role of religion in society, the Collins Center explores the roots of these problems and sees great opportunity to find solutions to better the world from within these religious traditions. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have produced many of the greatest thinkers in world history, and these rich intellectual traditions contain insights that maintain great relevance and value to addressing current challenges.

The Collins Center’s world-class educational programs include creating global networks of religious scholars, international conferences, book publications, and other resources. An initiative of the Acton Institute, the Collins Center diversifies Acton’s audiences and brings principles of a free and virtuous society to thousands of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders worldwide.

Read our latest Book Publication

Islam & Economics: A Primer on Markets, Morality, and Justice

This primer is an introductory text to rediscover the principles of commerce and economics revealed in the Qur’an, espoused by the Sunnah (practices of Prophet Muhammad), and understood by the jurists. Islam offers three moral principles of economic organization: ownership, wealth creation, and wealth circulation. Based on these principles, Islam and Economics derives a framework of operational institutional tenets for the economic organization of a society. It addresses all important business, policy, and equity issues that any economic system should resolve and broadens the discussion on the modern discipline of “Islamic economics.”


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The Majlis at Acton Institute

The Majlis is an exclusive network of the world’s top scholars of Islam organized by the Collins Center. The Majlis currently has well over 100 members representing almost 20 countries. Private monthly seminars are organized for this group, featuring many of the most influential Muslim thinkers in the world. Over 23 exclusive seminars have been organized for this group since 2020.

For more information or to apply to join, email [email protected]

Leadership

Nathan Mech Collins Center Manager
Taras Dzyubanskyy Religious Liberty Fellow
Mustafa Akyol Affiliate Scholar
Saleha Anwar Collins Center Summer Fellow
Joseph Nasr Collins Center Summer Fellow
Dr. Yehonatan Givati Professor at Hebrew University Law School

Advisory Board

Lord Syed Kamall CO-CHAIR OF THE ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP FOR THE COMMONWEALTH
Dr. Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR GOVERNANCE AND MARKETS
Dr. Karen Taliaferro ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN THE SCHOOL OF CIVIC AND ECONOMIC THOUGHT
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf PRESIDENT OF ZAYTUNA COLLEGE IN BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA
Dr. Daniel Mark Assistant Professor of political science at Villanova University

Contact Us

Questions? Please email us at [email protected] and we will reply as quickly as possible.