Reopening Muslim Minds

Mustafa Akyol
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A fascinating journey into Islam's diverse history of ideas, making an argument for an 'Islamic Enlightenment' today.

In Reopening Muslim Minds, Mustafa Akyol, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and opinion writer for the New York Times, both diagnoses 'the crisis of Islam' in the modern world, and offers a way forward. Diving deeply into Islamic theology, and also sharing lessons from his own life story, he reveals how Muslims lost the universalism that made them a great civilization in their earlier centuries. He especially demonstrates how values often associated with Western Enlightenment - freedom, reason, tolerance, and an appreciation of science - had Islamic counterparts, which sadly were cast aside in favor of more dogmatic views, often for political ends.

Elucidating complex ideas with engaging prose and storytelling, Reopening Muslim Minds borrows lost visions from medieval Muslim thinkers to offer a new Muslim worldview on a range of sensitive issues: human rights, equality for women, freedom of religion, or freedom from religion. While frankly acknowledging the problems in the world of Islam today, Akyol offers a clear and hopeful vision for its future.

Author bio:

Mustafa Akyol is a regular contributing opinion writer for the New York Times since 2013, covering matters of Islam in the modern world, and was picked in 2021 as one of Prospect's top ten thinkers. His book Islam without Extremes was longlisted for the 2012 Lionel Gelber Prize literary prize, while being banned in Malaysia for challenging the religious police.

Category: Cultural studies
ISBN: 9781800751712
Publisher: Swift Press
Imprint: Swift Press
Pub Date: August 2022
Page Extent: 336
Format: Hard Cover
Subject: Islamic studies