5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Islam can be a liberal, tolerant, and progressive religion,
This review is from: Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty (Kindle Edition)
I read this book to see if Islam really can be reconciled with a progressive, secular, democratic society and Mustafa Akyol makes a compelling case that it can be. He describes the progressive mutazilite movement from the early days of Islam, and how they developed a concept of a pluralist society with a considerable degree of theological freedom. He goes into some detail about how Islam is developing in Turkey, and argues that a liberal, tolerant and progressive Islam can evolve within a modern secular society. Clearly there's a huge gap between this view of Islam and the rigid traditionalist approach that is mainstream, but with increasing levels of education in the Muslim world and a rediscovery of authentic early forms of the religion, there can be real hope for long term peaceful coexistence between Islam and the rest of the world.