Mustafa Akyol

Mustafa Akyol

Mustafa Akyol is the author of “Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty.”

Is it time to celebrate democracy in Turkey?

I have lately been a frequent critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his increasingly authoritarian government. But a military regime, like the kind a group of coup-plotters tried to bring about on Friday night, would have been not only illegitimate but also far more repressive and bloody. The people of Turkey, including many of Mr Erdogan’s political opponents, rightly rejected that. So has democracy carried the day in Turkey? It’s still too early to tell. There are many lessons to be taken from this astonishing episode. First of all, this is not the old Turkey anymore, where tanks could take ...

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What comes after the Istanbul Airport attack?

On Tuesday night, just as millions of Muslims here were breaking their Ramazan fasts, three terrorists attacked the city’s busy airport. They fired randomly at passengers with automatic weapons before blowing themselves up. They killed 41 innocent people, most of them Muslims, supposedly in the name of Islam. The assault on the airport is the latest in a series of horrible traumas in Turkey. In the past year, the country has endured almost a dozen major terrorist attacks. Some were the work of the Islamic State, which kills in the name of God; others were the work of the Kurdistan ...

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