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Rahman, Fazlur (1919–1988)

Fazlur Rahman was one of the foremost IndoPakistani scholars and educators of the late 20th century in the field of Islamic studies. He was born and raised in the Hazara district of the Punjab (now part of the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan) and educated under his father's tutelage, which provided him with both a solid grounding in the Deobandi tradition of Islamic learning and an abiding appreciation for Western thought. After attending Punjab University in Lahore, where he obtained a master's degree in Arabic in 1942, he went to England to study Islamic philosophy at Oxford University. There, one of his teachers was the prominent Orientalist scholar H. A. R. Hamilton Gibb.

Having completed a doctoral dissertation on Ibn Sina (Avicenna, d. 1037), the medieval ...

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