Includes bibliographical references (p. -329) and index.
The beginnings. A light unto tribes ; The enlightenment of the Orient ; The Medieval war of ideas (I) ; The Medieval war of ideas (II) ; The sert beneath the iceberg -- The modern era. The Ottoman era ; Romans, Herodians, and Zealots ; The Turkish march to Islamic liberalism -- Signposts on the liberal road. Freedom from the state ; Freedom to sin ; Freedom from Islam.
From furious reactions to the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad to the suppression of women, news from the Muslim world begs the question: is Islam incompatible with freedom? With an eye sympathetic to Western liberalism and Islamic theology, Mustafa Akyol traces the ideological and historical roots of political Islam.