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Reopening Muslim Minds: A Return to Reason, Freedom, and Tolerance

(St. Martin’s Publishing Group, April 2021)
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Date and Time
April 13, 2021 11 AM - 12 PM EDT
Live Online
Jack Miles

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Religious Studies, University of California, Irvine

In his new book, Mustafa Akyol diagnoses “the crisis of Islam” in the modern world and offers an authentic way forward. Diving deeply into Islamic theology, and sharing lessons from his own life, Akyol reveals how Muslims lost the universalism that made them a great civilization in their earlier centuries. He especially demonstrates how values often associated with Western Enlightenment—freedom, reason, tolerance, and an appreciation of science—had Islamic counterparts, which sadly were cast aside in favor of more dogmatic views, often for political ends.

Join us to hear Akyol discuss the leading themes in his book, with commentary by Jack Miles, a professor, a Pulitzer Prize–winning author, and one of the country’s most prominent voices on religion.

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Reopening Muslim Minds: A Return to Reason, Freedom, and Tolerance

Elucidating complex ideas with engaging prose and storytelling, Reopening Muslim Minds borrows lost visions from medieval Muslim thinkers such as Ibn Rushd (aka Averroes) to offer a new Muslim worldview on a range of sensitive issues: human rights, equality for women, freedom of religion, or freedom from religion. While frankly acknowledging the problems in the world of Islam today, author Mustafa Akyol offers a clear and hopeful vision for its future.