Mustafa Akyol

Why Islamists are no longer Erdogan’s favorites

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

Turkey’s new ruling ideology is Erdoganism, and its critics include some Islamists who now find themselves in the “traitor” category.

What is Turkey’s problem with Darwin?

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

The elimination of the theory of evolution from Turkey's high school textbooks seems to be the latest round in the country's century-old culture war.

Why Turkish government pushes 'global conspiracy' narrative

Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

Fueled by conspiracies and fake news, Turkey’s ruling elite want to portray all hostile acts in the country as controlled by a Western “mastermind."

How Istanbul nightclub attack was linked to Turkey’s culture war

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

Did the Islamic State target “the apostate Turkish government” or New Year's Eve? The answer is complex.

Turkish Islamists’ trial with sectarianism

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

Turkish Islamists’ Middle Eastern vision did not begin with a sectarian outlook, but the existing sectarian tension may change this.

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Mustafa Akyol

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Mustafa Akyol is a columnist for Al-Monitor's Turkey Pulse, a columnist for the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News, and a monthly contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times. His articles have also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian. He is the author of Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for LibertyAkyol is currently a Visting Senior Fellow at the Freedom Project at the Wellesley CollegeOn Twitter: @AkyolinEnglish

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