Join us for a monthly book club where we read and discuss from a diverse selection of books aimed at expanding our understanding of Islam, humanity and the world around us. The books selected address faith, spirituality, current events, emotional enhancement, fiction and more. (learn more here)
HERE ARE THE DETAILS:
We will read and discuss one book per month. Participants are welcome to jump in and out as their interest and schedule permits.
Reading the book to be discussed is not a requirement to join the meeting.
Welcoming women and men to participate
Kids welcomed to tag along
This event is free aside from the book purchase
THIS MONTH’S READING IS:
Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty - Mustafa Akyol (368 pgs) purchase on Amazon here
As the Arab Spring threatens to give way to authoritarianism in Egypt and reports from Afghanistan detail widespread violence against U.S. troops and women, news from the Muslim world raises the question: Is Islam incompatible with freedom? In Islam without Extremes, Turkish columnist Mustafa Akyol answers this question by revealing the little-understood roots of political Islam, which originally included both rationalist, flexible strains and more dogmatic, rigid ones. Though the rigid traditionalists won out, Akyol points to a flourishing of liberalism in the nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire and the unique “Islamo-liberal synthesis” in present-day Turkey. As he powerfully asserts, only by accepting a secular state can Islamic societies thrive. Islam without Extremes offers a desperately needed intellectual basis for the reconcilability of Islam and liberty.