Senior Visiting Fellow, Freedom Project at Wellesley College
Mustafa Akyol is a columnist for the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet Daily News, the website Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East, and a monthly opinion writer for The International New York Times. His articles have also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and many other publications. He studied political science and history at the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, where he still lives and teaches. His book, Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty (2011), is an argument for "Muslim liberalism". The book was long-listed for the 2012 Lioner Gelber Prize literary prize, along with other titles by Henry Kissinger, Francis Fukuyama and Niall Ferguson. Since January 2017, he is a senior visiting fellow at the Freedom Project at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.