Mustafa Akyol is a columnist for Turkey's oldest English-language daily, Hurriyet Daily News.

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Mustafa Akyol is a Turkish political commentator and author based in Istanbul. He thinks and writes on issues relating to Islam and modernity, and dissects Turkish politics as a columnist for the English-language Hurriyet Daily News and the website Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East. He also writes a monthly opinion piece for The International New York Times.

Akyol's book, Islam Without Extremes, was published in July 2011 and calls for "an interpretation of Islam that synthesizes liberal ideas and respect for the Islamic tradition."

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“Only by accepting a secular state, [Akyol] powerfully asserts, can Islamic societies thrive. Persuasive and inspiring, Islam without Extremes offers a desperately needed intellectual basis for the reconcilability of Islam and religious, political, economic, and social freedoms.” — Islam without Extremes jacket cover

Mustafa Akyol’s TED talks

Quotes from Mustafa Akyol

I think forcing people to uncover their head is as tyrannical as forcing them to cover it.
Mustafa Akyol
TEDxWarwick • 871K views May 2011
Informative, Persuasive
Arab masses just revolted against their dictators. They were asking for democracy; they were asking for freedom. They did not turn out to be the Islamist bogeyman that the dictators were always using to justify their regime.
Mustafa Akyol
TEDxWarwick • 871K views May 2011
Informative, Persuasive