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MUSTAFA AKYOL

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The parochialization of Turkish Islam

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

There is a naïve view of history which assumes that as time goes by, societies become more mature. I have never shared that optimist “progressivism” and have gradually come to believe that history is rather chaos with no traceable destiny.

Comment(s) 8/5/2015

Islam and gays: A follow-up

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

A recent piece of mine probed the question, “What Does Islam Say About Being Gay?” (The New York Times, July 28). I gave a response which is basically liberal: That Muslims should not attack or stigmatize gay people, assuming that this is what their religion demands from them.

Comment(s) 8/1/2015

Why is Turkey’s ‘peace’ crumbling?

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

In the past 10 days, Turkey made global headlines with its belated entry to the coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) led by the United States.

Comment(s) 7/29/2015

Turkey in deep trouble

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Yesterday, we woke up to breaking news: Three Turkish F-16 fighter jets had bombed two ISIL headquarters in northern Syria, right near the Turkish border. Meanwhile, Turkish police detained some 290 people all across the country, not all but many suspected to be Islamic State of Iraq and the Levent (ISIL) members

Comment(s) 7/25/2015

Time for AKP to wake up to ISIL threat

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

The barbaric terrorist attack in Suruç, a Turkish town just 10 kilometers from the Syrian border, not only killed 31 innocent souls and wounded dozens of others

Comment(s) 7/22/2015

At least we have a decent Constitutional Court

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

On Monday night, when many Muslim believers were celebrating the Night of Qadr, the holiest night of the year, the breaking news came...

Comment(s) 7/15/2015

Turkey’s Sinophobia, China’s persecution

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Last Saturday, a group of Korean tourists enjoying the historic beauty of Istanbul had unexpected trouble.

Comment(s) 7/11/2015

Why Erdoğan wants elections – again

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

In Turkey, there is a special category of reporters called the “Ankara journalists.”

Comment(s) 7/8/2015

Thoughts on the Istanbul LGBTI Pride Parade

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Last weekend, Istanbul hosted its 12th LGBTI Pride Parade.

Comment(s) 7/4/2015

Will Turkey really occupy northern Syria now?

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

One thing President Tayyip Erdoğan is good at is forcefully declaring what he will “not allow” – either in Turkey or its region.

Comment(s) 7/1/2015

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