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Trump, Populism, and Muslims

February 7, 2017

The Freedom Project presents Turkish intellectual Mustafa Akyol, senior visiting fellow at the Freedom Project at Wellesley College and an opinion writer for the New York Times. He will lead a talk titled Trump, Populism, and Muslims. Some of the questions Akyol will address include: Will President Trump’s executive order on immigration make America safer or less safe? What does ISIS or Al Qaeda think about this? Why are some Muslim governments silent on the order, while many Muslim groups and liberals are protesting? Does politics override “Muslim solidarity”?

Mustafa  Akyol
Senior Visiting Fellow

Mustafa Akyol is a Turkish journalist and author with acclaimed books such as "Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty" (2011) and "The Islamic Jesus" (2017). He is a monthly contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, a TED speaker, and a frequent voice in global live and print media.