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Autobiography of Mohammed Arkoun


Mohammed Arkoun was born in Taourirt-Mimoun, a town in Grande Kabylie in Algeria. He spent his primary education in Taourirt-Mimoun and his secondary education in Oran. He majored in philosophy in Algeria and France at the University of Sorbonne. He lectured Arabic language in Paris in 1956, and he attained his PhD in philosophy at the University of Sorbonne in 1968. From 1961-1991, Dr. Arkoun was a lecturer at Sorbonne and a visiting lecturer at the following universities:

                Wissenschaftskolleg (Berlin 1977-1979)

                Prinston University (USA 1992-1993)

                Los Angeles (1969)

                Prinston (1985)

                Lofan Laneef (1977-1979)

                Pontificial d Etudes Arabes (Rome)

                Philadelphia (1988-1990)

                Amsterdam (1991-1993)

                New York university (2001-2003)

                Edinburgh-Gifford Lectures (2001)

                An advisor on Islamic Studies at the Congress library since 2000.




Lectures and Conferences


Dr. Mohammed Arkoun attended conferences and lectured at the following: Rabat, Fas, Casablanca, Aljadeedah, Safi, Annabah, Talmasan, Jardayah, Wahran, Tunis, Cairo, Tabrak, Tripoli, Beirut, Damascus, Halab, Amman, Baghdad, Almadeenah Elmonawarah, Reyad, Sana, Masqat (Oman), Al Manamah (Bahrain), Kuwait, Zinjibar, Mumbasa, Dakar, Tahran, New Delhi, Bombay, Peking, Jakarta, Samarqand, Moscow, Helsinki, Turku, Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, London, Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Rotterdam, Tal Burj, Brussels, Hamburg, Hanover, Berlin, Heidelberg, Burn, Zurich, Geneva, Turin, Rome, Napoli, Barcelona, Madrid, Qurtoba, Granada, New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Denver, Birkly, San Diego, Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, Pisa, Venice etc etc.



Occupation and current activities


Dr. Mohammed Arkoun is a retired lecturer at the Sorbonne. He is also a member and a visiting lecturer at the board of directors in the Islamic Institute in London. In addition to that, he is scientific director at the Magazine ARABICA (Brill, Leiden) since 1980. He is on the board of directors of the arbitration committee for Aga Khan dArchitecture between 1989-1998. From 1995 to 1998 he was member of the High Council for Family and population. Between 1990 and 1998 he was member of the National Committee for Ethics, Philosophy of Life (Weltanschauung) and Health. In 2002, he was a member of the international jury of the UNESCO Prize for the promotion of peace and a member of the arbitration committee for the Arabic/French prize in 2002, which was established by the Arab ambassadors in France. He ist member of the scientific council of the International Centre for the Study of the People of Byblos (Lebanon). He is a member of the committee for laicism in France (2003).


Prizes and Trophies

Officer of  Ehrenlegion,  Officer of Palmes acadmiques.

Lvi Della Vida for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Los Angeles 2002

Honourary Doctor from the University of Exeter



Publication by the writer Arkoun


In English:


Arab Thought, d. S.Chand, New-Delhi 1988;

Rethinking Islam : Common questions, Uncommon answers, today, Westview Press, Boulder 1994. 

-  The concept of Revelation: from Ahl al-Kitb to the Societies of the Book-book, Claremont Graduate School, Ca.,1988;

The Unthought in Contemporary Islamic Thought, London 2002.


in Arabic:


-  Al-Fikr al-'arabiyy, d.'Uwaydat, Beyrouth 1979;

Al-Islm: Asla wa Mumrasa, Beyrouth 1986;

Ta'rkhiyyat al-fikr al-'arabiyy al-islmiyy, d.Markaz al-inm' al-qawmiyy, Beyrouth 1986;

-  Al-Fikr al-islmiyy: Qir'a 'ilmiyya, d. Markaz..., 1987;

Al-islm: al-Akhlq wal-Siysa, d. Markaz..., 1988;

-  Al-Islm: Naqd wa-jtihd, d. Dr al-Sq, Beyrouth 1990;

Al-'almana wa-l-dn, Dr al-Sq 1990;

-  Mina-l-ijtihd il naqd al-'aql al-islm, Dr al-Sq 1991;

Min Faysal al-Tafriqa il Fasl-al-Maql: Ayna huwa-l-Fikr al-islmiyy al-musir, Dr al-Sq 1993;

Al-Islm, Urubb, wal-Gharb: Rihnt al-ma'n  wa Irdt al-Haymana, Dr al-Sq 1995;

Nazat al-Ansana f-l-fikr al-arabiyy, Dr al-Sq 1997 ;

- Qady f Naqd al-Fikr al-dn, Dr al-Tala, Beyrouth 1998 ;

Al-Fikr al-usl wal-stihlat al-Tasl, Dr al-Sq 1999.

- Marik min ajli-l-ansana f-l-siyqt al-islmiyya, Dr al-sq, 2001.

-        Min al-Tafsr al-mawrth il tahll al-khitb al-dn, Dr al-Tala, Beyrouth 2001.


in French:


-  Deux Eptres de Miskawayh, dition critique, B.E.O, Damas, 1961 ; 

-  Aspects de la pense islamique classique, IPN, Paris 1963; 

-        L'humanisme arabe au 4e/10e sicle, J.Vrin, 2d. 1982;

Trait d'Ethique, Trad., introd., notes du Tahdhb al-akhlq de Miskawayh, 1e d.1969; 2e d.1988;

Essais sur la pense islamique, 1e d. Maisonneuve & Larose, Paris 1973; 2e d. 1984;

La Pense arabe, 1e d. P.U.F., Paris 1975; 6e d. 2002; Trad. en arabe, anglais, espagnol, sudois, italien ;

L'islam, hier, demain, 2e d. Buchet-Chastel, Paris 1982; trad. arabe, Beyrouth 1983;

L'islam, religion et socit, d. Cerf, Paris 1982; version italienne, RAI 1980;

Religion et lacit: Une approche laque de l'islam, L'Arbrelle, Centre Thomas More, 1989;

Lectures du Coran, 1e d. Paris 1982; 2e Aleef, Tunis 1991;

-  Ouvertures sur l'islam, 1e d. J. Grancher 1989;

-  Lislam. Approche critique, Le livre du mois, Club du livre 2002

-  Pour une critique de la Raison islamique, Paris 1984;

-  L'islam, morale et politique, UNESCO-Descle  1986;

-  Combats pour lHumanisme en contextes islamiques, Paris 2002

-  The Unthought in Contemporary Islamic Thought, London 2002.

- De Manhattan Bagdad: Au-del du Bien et du Mal, Paris 2003


in Dutch:


Islam in Discussie, 24 vragen over de islam, d. Uitgeverij Contact, Amsterdam 1993;

Islam & De Democratie; Een ontmoeting, en collaboration avec Frits Bolkestein, Uitgeverij Contact, Amsterdam 1994. -Plusieurs articles et interviews dans Revues et journaux nerlandais..


in Indonesian:


Nalar islami dan nalar modern: Berbagai Tantangan dan jalan Baru, trans. Johan H. Meuleman, INIS, Jakarta 1994.

Berbagai Pembacaan Quran, trans. Johan H. Meuleman, INIS, Jakarta 1997, 256 p.