Mustafa Akyol

Coming soon: Erdogan 'The Chief'

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

A hagiographic biopic on the life and times of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled for release during the runup to the constitutional amendment that could expand his authority and entrench him in power.

The real reason Erdoganists still love Trump despite 'Muslim ban'

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

One wonders why all this persistent sympathy for US President Donald Trump exists in Turkey’s pro-Erdogan universe. There are two answers.

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."

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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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