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Rethinking Islam Today

Mohamed Arkoun

in Liberal Islam

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116212
Published online November 2007 |
  Rethinking Islam Today

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Mohamed Arkoun (Algeria-France, born 1928) received his doctorate at the Sorbonne in Paris and joined the faculty there as Professor of Islamic Thought in 1963. In a series of works since the early 1970s, Arkoun has attempted to reshape Islamic interpretation through the use of contemporary social-scientific, particularly linguistic, methods. One of the most articulate . . . liberal Muslims, 1 Arkoun has embarked on an intellectual crusade, 2 engaging Islamic radicals in debate and arguing for pluralism within Islam, acceptance of multiple interpretations of the sacred texts, and a more self-conscious attitude toward one's own interpretation. 3 The following chapter serves as an introduction to and summary of Arkoun's work; its style is somewhat more accessible than his French work.

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Subjects: Society and Culture ; Islam

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