“Is Turkey trapped in the cyclical history of Ibn Khaldoun, the medieval thinker who said that new elites conquer, change things, but gradually imitate the old elites? After the Kemalist oppression came a phase of liberalization by the AKP. Now, a new (religious) ideal society might be, once more, imposed with power.” Mustafa Akyol, a Turkish writer and the author of Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty, warns of the danger of authoritarianism in the name of religion in an interview from the Istanbul Seminars 2014.
Interview: Nicola Missaglia
Production and Text Editing: Nina zu Fürstenberg
Filmmaker : Volkan Güçlü
Video Editing: Anna Fanuele