President Erdogan’s Witch Hunt Reached Brazilian Shores

President Erdogan’s Witch Hunt Reached Brazilian Shores View original article here. Turkey and Brazil were once mentioned in the same breath as rising economic and political stars in the early 2000s. In the intervening years, Turkey has fallen precipitously, both politically and economically. In Freedom House’s just-released Freedom in the World report, Turkey

Islam is Compatible with Democracy, Despite Turkey’s Recent Example

Islam is Compatible with Democracy, Despite Turkey’s Recent Example Original of this Op-Ed was published on Le Monde on February 25, 2019 View original interview here. Op-ed in Turkish Turkey was hailed as an example for a modern Muslim democracy during the early 2000s. The current ruling party that came to power in

Muslims’ unique responsibility to fight terror

The coronavirus changed how Ramadan looks. But it will not change our faith in God Original Op-Ed was published on Politico on June 08, 2017 View original interview here. The brutal, deadly attacks in London and Manchester on innocent civilians are the latest in a series of senseless violent acts carried out by

The Turkey I No Longer Know

The Turkey I No Longer Know Original Op-Ed was published on Washington Post on May 15, 2017 View original interview here. As the presidents of the United States and Turkey meet at the White House on Tuesday, the leader of the country I have called home for almost two decades comes face to

Muslims, we have to critically review our understanding of Islam

Muslims, we have to critically review our understanding of Islam Original Op-Ed was published on Le Monde on December 17, 2015 View original interview here. Words fall short to truly express my deep sadness and revolt in the face of the carnage perpetrated by terrorist groups such as the so-called ISIS. I share

Turkey’s Eroding Democracy

Turkey’s Eroding Democracy Original Op-Ed was published on New York Times on February 3, 2015 View original interview here. It is deeply disappointing to see what has become of Turkey in the last few years. Not long ago, it was the envy of Muslim-majority countries: a viable candidate for the European Union on