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Islamic Liberalism: An Oxymoron?

An Address by Mustafa Akyol

Across the world and in the US especially, Muslims have been facing increasing discrimination and prejudice against their religion. It is criticized for encouraging extremism and being stuck in ancient values that are not in tune with contemporary society. Mustafa Akyol is going to analyze Islam's place in the modern world and whether Islamic "liberalism" - a reinterpretation of the Holy Scriptures in the lens of modernity - can exist and survive amid the extremism that is sweeping certain areas of the religion.

The event is open to the public. Please see the information below for more details.

Event Overview

Date: Friday, April 22, 2016
Time: 1 p.m. (see below for more details about Admission)
Location: 220 Wheeler Hall

Event Description

Mustafa Akyol is a Turkish author and journalist, whose most recent columns have appeared in New York Times and Al-Monitor. He is also the author of Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty, which examines the roles of democracy and liberty within the religion, and the state of modern Islam. Akyol was born in Ankara in 1972, and graduated from the International Relations Department at Bosphorus University. He also earned his masters thesis at the same university in the Kurdish question.


This event is open to the public. Entry to the event will be open to ticketholders and a limited number of walk-ins. Walk-ins are strongly advised to arrive early to maximize their chance of being admitted. Our standard event policies apply. What follows is an overview of the admissions timeline. It may be subject to revisions as the event approaches. Seating in the venue is first-come, first served.

12:00 p.m.  Event Admission Opens for Ticket Holders
12:30 p.m.  Admission Opens for Walk-Ins (Limited Seating)
12:55 p.m.  Admission Closed (No Late Seating)
1:00 p.m.  Event Begins

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