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Past Event
October 7, 2011
Islam Without Extremes

A Book Party featuring author Mustafa Akyol

Islam Without Extremes
A Book Party featuring author Mustafa Akyol
October 7, 2011, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

From furious reactions to the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad to the suppression of women, news from the Muslim world begs the question: is Islam compatible 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 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 asserts, can Islamic societies thrive. Islam Without Extremes offers a needed intellectual basis for the reconcilability of Islam and religious, political, economic, and social freedoms.

Mustafa Akyol is a columnist for two Turkish newspapers, Hurriyet Daily News and Star. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He studied political science and history and Bogazici University in Istanbul, where he lives.

The event will be held at Discovery Institute, located at 208 Columbia Street in downtown Seattle on Friday, October 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Though we cannot validate, parking is available in the Millennium Tower Garage (719 2nd Avenue--entrance on Columbia). Our location is also metro accessible.

Lunch will be provided for those who pre-register-- suggested donation is $10. Books will be available for sale.

Please RSVP by contacting Discovery Institute’s Alex Lykken directly at (206) 292-0401 x102, or