Turkish author and columnist Mustafa Akyol will present a lecture titled “Muslim Liberalism: Is It Ever Possible?” Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at 5:15 p.m. in the Illinois Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. This event is free and open to the public.
Akyol is a political commentator in the Turkish media and his articles have also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and many other journals and newspapers. He studied political science and history in Istanbul, Turkey, where he still lives. He has spoken on many platforms, including various universities and think-tanks in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. His latest book, “Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty,” examines the idea of Muslim liberalism.
This event is sponsored by the Intellectual Dialogue Society, Niagara Foundation, and the UI Center for Human Rights within International Programs.