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Islam without extremes : a Muslim case for liberty
Akyol, Mustafa, 1972-
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1st ed.
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New York, N.Y. : W. W. Norton & Company, c2011.
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352 p.
The beginnings. A light unto tribes -- The enlightenment of the -orient -- The medieval war of ideas (i) -- The medieval war of ideas (ii) -- The desert beneath the iceberg -- The modern era. The Ottoman revival -- Romans, herodians, and zealots -- The Turkish march to Islamic liberalism -- Signposts on the liberal road. Freedom from the state -- Freedom to sin -- Freedom from Islam.


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Book 0317540 BP173.6 .A4297 2011 Central Campus Library

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As the Arab Spring threatens to give way to authoritarianism in Egypt and reports from Afghanistan detail widespread violence against U.S. troops and women, news from the Muslim world raises the question: Is Islam incompatible with freedom? In Islam without Extremes, Turkish columnist Mustafa Akyol answers this question by revealing the little-understood roots of political Islam, which originally included both rationalist, flexible strains and more dogmatic, rigid ones. Though the rigid traditionalists won out, Akyol points to a flourishing of liberalism in the nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire and the unique "Islamo-liberal synthesis" in present-day Turkey. As he powerfully asserts, only by accepting a secular state can Islamic societies thrive. Islam without Extremes offers a desperately needed intellectual basis for the reconcilability of Islam and liberty.

Table of Contents

Glossaryp. 15
Introductionp. 27
Part I The Beginnings
1 A Light unto Tribesp. 43
2 The Enlightenment of the Orientp. 63
3 The Medieval War of Ideas (I)p. 80
4 The Medieval War of Ideas (II)p. 96
5 The Desert Beneath the Icebergp. 117
Part II The Modern Era
6 The Ottoman Revivalp. 139
7 Romans, Herodians, and Zealotsp. 177
8 The Turkish March to Islamic Liberalismp. 203
Part III Signposts on the Liberal Road
9 Freedom from the Statep. 247
10 Freedom to Sinp. 262
11 Freedom from Islamp. 273
Acknowledgmentsp. 289
Notesp. 291
Indexp. 331
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