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Arkoun, Mohammed

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    Arkoun, Mohammed

    (b. 1928 )

    French intellectual who, using sophisticated hermeneutics based on contemporary Western critical methodologies, critiques classical Islamic religious, legal, and philosophical traditions. Trained as a medievalist and has written on topics ranging from the twelfth-century Andalusian philosopher Ibn Tufayl to orientalism. Argues in the highly influential Lectures du Coran the importance of distinguishing revelation from the written text and commentaries.

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