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Osman, Fathi

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    Osman, Fathi

    (b. 1928 )

    Egyptian-born academic, writer, and leading Muslim liberal thinker. Distinguished himself as a pioneering advocate of reform of Islamic thought based on the values of democracy and human rights within a genuine Islamic perspective. Participated in the 1960s reform of al-Azhar and later taught at Princeton and in Algeria and Saudi Arabia. Came to international prominence as editor of the magazine Arabia (London, 1981 – 87 ). Currently resides and teaches in California. Published numerous works on Islamic history, law, and doctrine, most notably Huquq al-Insan bayna shariaht al-Islam wa'l-fikr al-gharbi (Human rights in Islamic law and Western thought) ( 1978 ) and The Children of Adam ( 1996 ).

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