Mustafa Akyol
Friday, October 26, 2012
UMKC Student Union - Theatre
5100 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO
6:00 p.m.

Mustafa Akyol


Mustafa Akyol is a Turkish political commentator and author based in Istanbul, Turkey. He was born in Ankara in 1972 and had his early education there. Akyol holds a master’s degree in history from Bosphorus University. He completed his master thesis on the Kurdish question.


Since 2002, he has been a regular commentator in the Turkish media. He is currently a regular columnist for Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey’s foremost English-language daily. He writes a regular column for a Turkish-language daily, Star, as well. He also appears regularly on Turkish TV, on political discussion shows.

He has spoken on many platforms, including the Council on Foreign Relations, Brookings Institution, Heritage Foundation, Mont Pelerin Society and many universities around the world . (His talk at TED, Faith Versus Tradition in Islam, was widely acclaimed.)

Over the years, Akyol’s articles have appeared in publications such as New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, Newsweek, The American Interest, First Things, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Times, Huffington Post, National Review Online, The Forward, Tech Central Station, Bitter Lemons and IslamOnline. He has appeared on BBC World, Al Jazeera English, France 24, and other international TV channels.

Mustafa Akyol has a book in Turkish titled Rethinking The Kurdish Question: What Went Wrong? What Next? (Dogan Publishing, 2006). His latest book, Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case For Liberty, which was defined by the Financial Times as "a forthright and elegant Muslim defence of freedom" was published by W.W. Norton in July 2011.

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