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Middle East journalist to speak at Oklahoma City University

BY ROD JONES, Oklahoma City University Modified: October 16, 2012 at 11:17 am •  Published: October 16, 2012

Middle East political commentator and author Mustafa Akyol will give a presentation at Oklahoma City University titled “Opportunities for Democracy and Liberties in the Middle East” at 7 p.m. Oct. 22.

The presentation is free to the public and will be held in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel on N.W. 23rd Street between Blackwelder and Kentucky avenues.

Akyol released his book “Islam Without Extremes” last year in which he calls for “an interpretation of Islam that synthesizes liberal ideas and respect for the Islamic tradition.”

He writes about how Islam relates to modern times. Financial Times called Akyol’s book “a forthright and elegant Muslim defense of freedom,” and The Wall Street Journal called it “a delightfully original take on Turkey and on the prospects for liberal democracy in the broader Islamic Middle East.”

Akyol was born in Ankara, Turkey, and graduated from the International Relations Department of Bosphorus University. He has been a regular commentator in the Turkish media and columnist for the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey’s foremost English-language daily newspaper.

His articles have also appeared in publications around the world including Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek.

For more information about the presentation at OCU, e-mail or call the Institute of Interfaith Dialog at 426-5425.