When I first heard the tragic news of the shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, I was preparing a lecture for my Introduction to Western Religions course on Jesus in the Qur’an. This lecture asks a deceptively simple question: How was...
Mustafa Akyol"The white nationalist fantasy of ancient Christian-Muslim conflict would get an ‘F’ in history class"
Says @KeddieTony, assistant professor of Early Christian History.
I just would add that it is a fantasy wrongly believed by some Muslims, too
Mustafa Akyol“The key issue is to dissociate #Islam from coercive power, so it is lived voluntarily as the modest faith and practice of communities and individuals.”
I recently said to @kathrynlopez on @AngelusNews. Via @CatoPress
Many on the left forget that not everything in the Middle East is about the United States.
Mustafa Akyol"Iran has a population of more than 80 million. That about 1 million were protesting tells that some people revered Soleimani, or felt some instinctual nationalist attachment, but not much more than that."
This & many other fine points by @shadihamid
Mustafa Akyol talks about his latest New York Times op-ed, which describes a backlash among the people of the Muslim world to some of the political extremism that has recently become common in the Middle East. Scott and Akyol rehash the history of...
At the end of 1919, Woodrow Wilson still wanted the region to decide its future. Britain and France had other ideas.
Mustafa AkyolThis @nytopinion piece reminds a little-noted fact in Mid-East history.
In 1918, while the French and the British were busy colonizing Syria & Iraq, on the Sykes-Picot scheme, U.S. President Wilson resisted, insisting on “the consent of the governed”
Kamel Abderrahmani, a young scholar, remembers the renowned reformist expert of Islam Muhammad Shahrur, who proposed new interpretations of the Qurʼān, based on a scientific and very original method
Mustafa AkyolLast Saturday, the Muslim world lost one of its most thought-provoking minds: Muhammad #Shahrur.
He criticized the Islamic tradition, only to restore the freedom & humanism at its Qur'anic core. His work needs to be studied, and his soul deserves respect
Attending Friday prayers is obligatory for Muslim men in Malaysia, but it is rare for such harsh punishments to be meted out for missing them.
"Malaysian #Muslims handed jail terms for missing Friday prayers"
So, next time, they will do their prayers for saving themselves from the punishments of the state - not for the sake of God.
How #Malaysia can't see the insanity in that?
There is no religion without the body; there is no religion that is not embodied. I.A few years ago, I found myself in San’a, trying to attend Jumu’a prayer at...
Mustafa AkyolInteresting piece by Ayesha S. Chaudhry telling what "the women's section" in #mosques look like - if they exist at all - and how Muslim women can feel "rejection, humiliation, sadness, anger, confusion" where they come to worship God. #Islam #patriarchy
At some point, there will be a post-Erdogan Turkey. And it will have a much better chance to restore liberal democracy if, at that point, it is still a part of the Western alliance, and not a minion of Russia and China.
Mustafa AkyolAs President Erdogan is coming to Washington to meet President Trump, here is my short advice to the administration:
"Keep the Relationship with Turkey, with Carrots, Sticks & Principles"
Mustafa Akyol challenges the government's excuse that vetting speakers is necessary to curb deviant teachings.
Mustafa Akyol"Who gave you the right to define #Islam"
I asked that to #Malaysian authorities, who now require that any foreigner who speaks about Islam first must get their "permission," so that "deviant teachings" are silenced.
@fmtoday wrote about it. @CatoPress
What is at stake is not just social harmony, but also sensible theology.
Mustafa AkyolWhy #Muslims should really stop using the derogatory term #kafir, or "infidel," for non-Muslims, as recently argued by Indonesia's @nu_online.
I wrote about that for @dawn_com, Pakistan's leading English-language newspaper. @CatoPress