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Death of a True Scholar — and a Muslim Mensch

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/death_of_a_true_scholar_and_a_muslim_mensch_20100713

A bright light of critical scholarship of Islam was just extinguished in Cairo with the death at 66 of professor Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd on July 5. I saw him only last spring at the international conference “The Qur’an in Its Historical Context” held at the University of Notre Dame, where he and professor Abdolkarim Soroush, the great contemporary Iranian philosopher and intellectual, together gave one of the most intellectually rigorous and emotionally moving keynote presentations I have ever experienced at an academic conference. These two Muslims represent the zenith of intellectual and ethical expression among any people of faith I know.

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