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Thought provoking model for a future of Islam,
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This review is from: Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty (Hardcover)
I do not usually read books on either politics or religion, but this is book about both, and very interesting it is too. The fundamental idea is that Islam can and should change with social and political context to become progressive in order to fuel a modern, free market economy. Moreover Akyol's thesis is that Turkey provides such a model. Akyol, the author, traces the genesis of this approach to the rationalist school of Islamic thought, the Mutaziliites, whose leading light was Abu Hanifa, a great Islamic jurist. Historically the rationalists lost the debate with the traditionalists, but Akyol believes that the time of rationalism could have come. I found the arguments compelling, and I hope others do too given tensions In the Middle East.