Islam Without Extremes A Muslim Case for Liberty

ISBN-10: 0393347249
ISBN-13: 9780393347241
Edition: 2013
Authors: Mustafa Akyol
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

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, newsfrom 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.

Mustafa Akyol lives in Istanbul and is a columnist for the Turkish newspapers H�rriyet Daily News and Star. He has written opinion pieces for the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, and Newsweek.

Glossary
Introduction
The Beginnings
A Light unto Tribes
The Enlightenment of the Orient
The Medieval War of Ideas (I)
The Medieval War of Ideas (II)
The Desert Beneath the Iceberg
The Modern Era
The Ottoman Revival
Romans, Herodians, and Zealots
The Turkish March to Islamic Liberalism
Signposts on the Liberal Road
Freedom from the State
Freedom to Sin
Freedom from Islam
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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