Mustafa Akyol is the deputy editor of the Turkish Daily News.

Why you should listen

Mustafa Akyol is a Turkish political commentator and author based in Istanbul. He thinks and writes on iissues relating to Islam and modernity, and dissects Turkish politics for the English-language Turkish Daily News. Due out in July 2011, his book Islam Without Extremes calls for "an interpretation of Islam that synthesizes liberal ideas and respect for the Islamic tradition."

What others say

"Only by accepting a secular state, he 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." —

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 • 824K 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 • 824K views May 2011
Informative, Persuasive