Fazlur Rahman Malik
: فضل الرحمان ملک
) (September 21, 1919 – July 26, 1988) was a well-known scholar of Islam
; M. Yahya Birt of the Association of Islam Researchers described him as "probably the most learned of the major Muslim thinkers in the second-half of the twentieth century, in terms of both classical Islam and Western philosophical and theological discourse."
Rahman was born in the Hazara
area of British India
). His father, Maulana Shihab al-Din
, was a well-known scholar of the time who had studied at Deoband
and had achieved the rank of alim
, through his studies of Islamic law (fiqh
, Qur'anic tafsir
, logic, philosophy and other subjects).
Rahman studied Arabic
at Punjab University
, and went on to Oxford University
where he wrote a dissertation on Ibn Sina
. Afterwards, he began a teaching career, first at Durham University
where he taught Persian
and Islamic philosophy, and then at McGill University
where he taught Islamic studies until 1961.
In that year, he returned to Pakistan to head up the Central Institute of Islamic Research which was set up by the Pakistani government in order to implement Islam into the daily dealings of the nation. However, due to the political situation in Pakistan, Rahman was hindered from making any progress in this endeavour, and he resigned from the post. He then returned to teaching, moving to the United States
and teaching at UCLA
as a visiting professor for a few years. He moved... Read More