Reza Aslan Versus Mustafa Akyol

Islam without Extremes- A Muslim Case for Liberty by Mustafa Akyol
Islam without Extremes by Mustafa Akyol

If I were not up to the very tippy-toes of my adam’s apple with reading for work, I would be deciding whether I wanted to read Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty, by Mustafa Akyol:

From furious reactions to the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad to the suppression of women, news from the Muslim world begs the question: is Islam incompatible with freedom? With an eye sympathetic to Western liberalism and Islamic theology, Mustafa Akyol traces the ideological and historical roots of political Islam. The years following Muhammad’s passing in 632 AD saw an intellectual “war of ideas” rage between rationalist, flexible schools of Islam and the more dogmatic, rigid ones. The traditionalist school won out, fostering perceptions of Islam as antithetical to modernity.

However, through his careful reexamination of the currents of Muslim thought, Akyol discovers a flourishing of liberalism in the nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire and the unique “Islamo-liberal synthesis” of present-day Turkey. Only by accepting a secular state, he powerfully asserts, can Islamic societies thrive.

Resa Azlan, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
Resa Azlan, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

Persuasive and inspiring, Islam without Extremes offers a desperately needed intellectual basis for the reconcilability of Islam and religious, political, economic, and social freedoms.

Or No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, by Reza Aslan.

Not to be confused with this Aslan. . .

7 thoughts on “Reza Aslan Versus Mustafa Akyol”

  1. I don’t suppose I need to say it, Navy One but apologists for political, militaristic, cultural and religious Islam abounds…chalk it all up to useful idiocy…in the light of day after fourteen hundred years, there are no excuses left…Islam is Islam; it is what it is and no amount of excuses will make it anything other than an illegitimate reason for reprehensible behavior; beheading someone does tend to make people hate and fear you when you engage in such activities….my advice to those who offer such a rationale for them is to blame the West; ask Danny Pearl of the Wall Street Journal and his reasons for wanting to interview the monsters who murdered him….I would think in retrospect, someone should have at the very least advised him against it… k

  2. “…the reconcilability of Islam and religious, political, economic, and social freedoms.”

    Great idea. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    CP – If you mean ADM Dan Gallery I’m with you 100%. Don’t know if you’ve read it, but there’s a wonderful bio of him available.

    “Gallery was an Olympic wrestler; an early naval aviator; a charismatic and effective commander of units of many sizes, including a carrier task group; a gifted writer, especially of humor; and a stormy petrel on behalf of his beloved navy and, particularly, its carriers”

  3. Kris: Ah yes, Danny Pearl. God bless him.
    Struan: Great link. JW is always good.
    CP: Haha, I believe you are referring to the Gentleman’s periodical?
    Struan: ADM Gallery? Going over to your Amazon link right now to read of him.

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