"Islam, Freedom, and Natural Law: Ancient Wisdom for a New Enlightenment"


Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Hall

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Join us for a lecture delivered by Mr. Mustafa Akyol on September 29th, "Islam, Freedom, and Natural Law: Ancient Wisdom for a New Enlightenment". 

Lecture is free and open to the public. 

Mustafa Akyol is a A Turkish journalist and author. He studied political science and history at Bogazici University. Since the early 2000's, he has been writing regular opinion columns for Turkish publications like Hurriyet Daily News, and recently for the Middle-East focused Al-Monitor.com. Since fall 2013, he is also a regular contributing opinion writer for The New York Times.

He has published six books in Turkish, including “Rethinking the Kurdish Question: What Went Wrong, What Next?” (2005). His 2011 book, “Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty” an argument for Islamic liberalism, was published in the W.W. Norton. The book was long-listed for the Lionel Gelber Prize. The book has been published also in Turkish, Malay and Indonesian. (It was later banned in Malaysia, in fall 2017, after Akyol’s short arrest by the country’s “religion police” merely for giving a lecture that defends religious freedom.) In Feb 2017, another book by Mr. Akyol, "The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims" was published by St. Martins Press. In January 2017, Mr. Akyol joined The Freedom Project at Wellesley College, based in Massachusetts, USA, as a senior visiting fellow. In June 2018, he joined the Cato Institute in Washington D.C. as a senior fellow at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, to work on the intersection of public policy, Islam, and modernity.


Co-sponsored by the Ansari Institute and World Religion/World Church Program in the Notre Dame Theology Department. 

Question can be directed to cccg@nd.edu. 

Originally published at constudies.nd.edu.