Toronto- In a recent New York Times Op-Ed, Turkish academic Mustafa Akyol attributed Islam’s rise of intolerance to its inherent propensity to stifle dissent. He prescribes what can be summed up as the need for a modern-day Muslim John Locke of sorts, in reference to the English Enlightenment philosopher.

Driss El Machkour is a Moroccan-Canadian policy advisor and researcher on the MENA region.