Islam Without Extremes

Islam Without Extremes

A Muslim Case for Liberty

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393070866
Characteristics: 352 p. : maps ; 22 cm


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Nov 17, 2018

An interesting history of Islam that comes to the conclusion that the religion, like all religions, would work best with a democratic government.

I just finished G. Dyer's book, War, not too long ago. He comes to the conclusion that we'll keep having wasteful wars until more countries operate as democracies.

As Churchill said, "Democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others." Come on, democracies!

Dec 14, 2017

enjoyed reading it. extremely well written and structured. highlights the history behind the circumstances we live in today which will help shape the future if we act today.

Nov 23, 2015

Akyol explains how 'traditionalist' Muslims ignored the mostly peaceful and flexible Quran and instead used Hadiths to create a strict, intolerant and violent Islam that many Muslims believe in today.

loblollyrosa Jan 03, 2014

An interesting and thought provoking look at Islam. The book goes into the history and how culture and politics effected its interpretations. Highly recommended.

adagarcon Dec 29, 2011

Mustafa Akyol's intense read of the history of Islam and its development covers the subject in minute detail. From poltics, to economics exposing sociological mores and norms, one comes away with a more humanitarian view of Islam. At the same time, are the ironies and idosyncrysies that Islam has claimed as its own copied from some of the belief systems in the Christian Old Testament? Through tolerance and resistance, have multiple dictorial successions and religious clerics shapped Islam into something that the prohphet Muhammad had never intended? At least this book brings the discussion to the forefront in age were the understanding of those who are different or the same, allows us to be mesmorized into a trance of shock and awe, with all its nasty glare.


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