Islam without Extremes

A Muslim Case for Liberty

Mustafa Akyol (Author)

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“A delightfully original take on…the prospects for liberal democracy in the broader Islamic Middle East.”—Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal

As the Arab Spring threatens to give way to authoritarianism in Egypt and reports from Afghanistan detail widespread violence against U.S. troops and women, news from the Muslim world raises the question: Is Islam incompatible with freedom? In Islam without Extremes, Turkish columnist Mustafa Akyol answers this question by revealing the little-understood roots of political Islam, which originally included both rationalist, flexible strains and more dogmatic, rigid ones. Though the rigid traditionalists won out, Akyol points to a flourishing of liberalism in the nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire and the unique “Islamo-liberal synthesis” in present-day Turkey. As he powerfully asserts, only by accepting a secular state can Islamic societies thrive. Islam without Extremes offers a desperately needed intellectual basis for the reconcilability of Islam and liberty.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • November 2013
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34724-1
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 368 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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    Hardcover

Endorsements & Reviews

“Akyol is doing important work that should have an impact well beyond his native Turkey.” — Doug Bandow, American Spectator

“Starred Review. Informative at every turn.” — Kirkus Reviews