Why you should listen to him: 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." "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."
Jeffrey Tucker interviews Mustafa Akyol, a Turkish writer and political commentator, on the topic of Islam and Liberty. Recorded at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, on 12 March 2011.
In his Turkish Daily News column, Akyol has expanded on some of the ideas he mentions in his oral presentations.