Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty
Description: From ISIS, to the furious reactions to the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, to the suppression of women, news from the Muslim world begs the question: is Islam incompatible with freedom? With an eye sympathetic to Western liberalism and Islamic theology, Mustafa Akyol argues that only by accepting a secular state can Islamic societies thrive. He admits his position is not widely accepted but his book Islam without Extremes offers a desperately needed intellectual basis for the reconcilability of Islam and religious, political, economic, and social freedoms. He joins us.
Columnist for the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet Daily News, the website Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East, and a monthly opinion writer for The International New York Times. He studied political science and history at the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, where he still lives and teaches. His book, Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty, an argument for "Muslim liberalism," was published by W.W. Norton in July 2011.
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Charleston Residents Come Together in Hopes of Understanding and Healing
Description: 21-year-old Dylann Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder in connection with an attack on a historic black South Carolina church after saying he had hoped to incite a race war in the United States. Roof was arrested on yesterday in North Carolina, 220 miles north of the nearly 200-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where he is alleged to have shot dead nine black worshippers on Wednesday in a Bible-study group. We talk to the Bishop of Charleston, Bishop Robert Guglielmone, about the hope for unity and healing after this horrific display of violence and bigotry.
Bishop Robert Guglielmone
Bishop of the Diocese of Charleston, SC since 2009