Portrait of Mustafa Akyol

Mustafa Akyol

b. 1972

Mustafa Akyol is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, where he focuses on the intersection of public policy, Islam, and modernity.

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Akyol is a frequent opinion writer for the New York Times, covering politics and religion in the Muslim world. He is the author several books, including: Reopening Muslim Minds: A Return to Reason, Freedom, and Tolerance (2021), Why, As a Muslim, I Defend Liberty (2021), The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims (2017), and Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty (2011). Meanwhile, Islam without Extremes was banned in Malaysia, for challenging the authority of the “religion police.” “The Thinking Muslim,” a popular podcast, recently defined Akyol as “probably the most notable Muslim modernist and reformer.” And in July 2021, the Prospect Magazine of the UK listed him among “The world’s top 50 thinkers.” See more at: https://www.cato.org/people/mustafa-akyol

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