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Publisher Description

“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.

GENRE
Religion & Spirituality
RELEASED
2011
July 18
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
368
Pages
PUBLISHER
W. W. Norton & Company
SELLER
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
SIZE
2.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Ulil Abshar Abdalla ,

A timely volume!

I am not yet finishing reading the book, but from the introduction to its chapters, I found it very ineteresting as it is the first book ever writtten in a popular manner by a Muslim scholar living in a Muslim country to make a strong case for the reconcilability of Islam and liberty. I am not exaggerating that this is a modern "treatise" of no less quality and calibre than Locke's A Letter Concerning Toleration.

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