Mustafa Akyol (born February 20, 1972) is a Turkish writer and journalist. He is the author of Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty, long-listed in 2012 for the Lionel Gelber Prize, a literary award for the world’s best non-fiction book in English. He became a contributing opinion writer for the International New York Times in 2013.
He is mainly famous in the western world for his arguments that Islam is highly compatible with classical liberalism and Enlightenment values, and that Islamic practice and the governance of Muslim-majority countries should be reformed along those lines like what previously happened in Christian-majority Europe.
Books in order of publication:
Islam Without Extremes – 2011
The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims – 2017
Reopening Muslim Minds – A Return to Reason, Freedom, and Tolerance – 2021