FORBIDDEN BOOK LAUNCH CELEBRATION: Excerpt – A Vicious Attack

Welcome to Forbidden’s book launch celebration Better Wear Your Flak Jacket FORBIDDEN eBOOK IS FREE February 14th to 18th at AMAZON Synopsis: Year 2047, City of Samarra, capital of the Republic of Islamic Provinces & Territories Fifteen American travelers have vanished. Surrendering to Mayor Aamir's demands, Captain Sharif becomes the reluctant keeper of his city’s …

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FORBIDDEN BOOK LAUNCH: Consequences of Writing a Novel About Islam

Welcome to Forbidden’s book launch celebration Better Wear Your Flak Jacket FORBIDDEN eBOOK IS FREE February 14th to 18th at AMAZON Consequences of Writing a Novel About Islam When the impulse to write Forbidden began, I resisted. Bartholomew's (my muse) urging to write the thriller continued with greater intensity. I knew so little about the …

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Mustafa Akyol: Faith Versus Tradition in Islam

Journalist Mustafa Akyol talks about the way that some local cultural practices (such as the seclusion of women) have become linked, in the popular mind, to the articles of faith of Islam. Has the world's general idea of the Islamic faith focused too much on tradition, and not enough on core beliefs? https://www.ted.com/talks/mustafa_akyol_faith_versus_tradition_in_islam  

Book Review: The Muslim Next Door

Here is a book that everyone should read. The Muslim Next Door: For about four years, I began a study on the Middle East and the lives of Muslims. Having read several books on the history of the Middle East, I have come to appreciate the complex culture of that region and the turmoil caused …

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Does Islam need Reformation? Debate at SOAS – Mustafa Akyol vs Abdullah al Andalusi

Mustafa Akyol Bio: A Turkish journalist and author, Mustafa Akyol studied political science and history at Bogazici University, and teaches politics and religion at Fatih University, both in Istanbul. For about a decade, he has been writing regular opinion columns for Turkish publications like Hurriyet Daily News, and recently for the Middle-East focused Al-Monitor.com. Since fall 2013, he …

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