"A delightfully original take on Turkey and on the prospects for liberal democracy in the broader Islamic Middle East." -- Wall Street Journal
"Akyol clarifies the complexities and contradictions of Islam in this indispensable book. He demonstrates how the harsh tribal cultures of the Arabian desert shaped Islam for centuries often at odds with the Qur'an... This even-handed scholarly work... makes Islam accessible to Western readers." -- Publishers Weekly
“Akyol is doing important work that should have an impact well beyond his native Turkey.” — Doug Bandow (American Spectator)
“Starred Review. Informative at every turn.” — Kirkus Reviews
From the Author
secular authoritarianism versus Islamic authoritarianism,
there is a third, and promising, way: Islamic liberalism.