Watch Mustafa Akyol at TED, arguing for “Islamic liberalism.”

Posted by on 12 April 2014 | 9:08 am

Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case For Liberty

✪ Islam Without Extremes was longlisted for the 2012 Lionel Gelber Prize ⇒ READ THE FREE INTRODUCTION CHAPTER (PDF) ⇒ BUY ONLINE at AMAZON.COM or AMAZON.CO.UK Reviews: Financial Times | Wall Street J. | Kirkus Reviews | Acton Institute | Good Reads Interviews: NPR | Reuters | NRO | Economist | Religion Dispatches | Washington Times Mentions: The Economist I | The Economist II | Wall […]

Posted by on 30 November 2013 | 1:12 pm

Comments on the Gezi Park protests in Turkey

To get my take on the mass protests in Turkey against the government, see: – Are protests in Turkey a new Arab Spring? (Fareed Zakaria’s GPS on CNN) – Erdogan must work for all Turks, not just his own voters (Financial Times) – A Quiet Bit of Advice and Reassurance (New York Times) – For Turkey this […]

Posted by on 3 June 2013 | 6:19 pm

In the Room with Mustafa Akyol + Krista Tippett from On Being on Vimeo.

Posted by on 18 July 2012 | 3:52 am

Can Islamists Be Liberals?

[Originally published in The New York Times] FOR years, foreign policy discussions have focused on the question of whether Islam is compatible with democracy. But this is becoming passé. In Tunisia and Egypt, Islamists, who were long perceived as opponents of the democratic system, are now promoting and joyfully participating in it. Even the ultra-Orthodox […]

Posted by on 13 May 2012 | 6:08 pm

✪ Book Tour In The US (April 3-23, Coast to Coast)

Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Kansas, SF, NYC & more. April 4: ATLANTA 12 AM Luncheon: A Conversation with Mustafa Akyol, Callaway Center S-319 Emory University 5:30 PM: Barnes & Noble at Georgia Tech in-store book signing, 48 5th Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30308   April 5: ATHENS 5.30 PM: Lecture and book signing, University of […]

Posted by on 29 March 2012 | 12:58 pm

Muslims Are Not Betraying Islam In Embracing Liberal Democracy

[Originally published in The Guardian] Last week, during a book tour in London, I spoke to a large group of British Muslims on Islam and liberty. A few of the questions that I received from the audience indicated why discussion on this topic is much needed. “If the state gives the people the freedom to do […]

Posted by on 11 December 2011 | 11:00 pm

✪ Book Tour In The UK (Nov 22-26)

Public events in London and Warwick… Tuesday 22nd November 6.30 pm: Talk at CAABU (The Council for Arab-British Understanding), “Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty,”  Houses of Parliament, Committee Room Ten   Wednesday 23rd November 12.30 pm: A talk at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), “Is Islam incompatible with freedom?,” 2 Lord North […]

Posted by on 16 November 2011 | 6:40 am

✪ COLUMNS: You can read Mustafa Akyol’s regular opinion pieces in: International New York Times, Hürriyet Daily News & Al Monitor.

Posted by on 15 November 2011 | 5:48 pm

Muslims vs. Cartoons: What To Do Against Blasphemy?

[Originally published in Huffington Post] Charlie Hebdo, a satirical French magazine, recently became much more famous than it ever was. Early this month, it came out with a provocative issue whose cover presented a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad, and the headline, “100 lashes if you don’t die laughing.” Shortly afterwards, the offices of the […]

Posted by on 13 November 2011 | 4:29 am