Nasr Abu Zayd

1943 - 2010

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Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd (Arabic: نصر حامد أبو زيد, IPA: [ˈnɑsˤɾe ˈħæːmed ˈæbuˈzeːd]; also Abu Zaid or Abu Zeid; July 10, 1943 – July 5, 2010) was an Egyptian Quranic thinker, author, academic and one of the leading liberal theologians in Islam. He is famous for his project of a humanistic Quranic hermeneutics, which "challenged mainstream views" on the Quran, sparking "controversy and debate." While not denying that the Quran was of divine origin, Zayd argued that it was a "cultural product" that had to be read in the context of the language and culture of seventh century Arabs, and could be interpreted in more than one way. He also criticized the use of religion to exert political power. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nasr Abu Zayd has received more than 127,691 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Nasr Abu Zayd is the 867th most popular philosopher, the 363rd most popular biography from Egypt and the 18th most popular Egyptian Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Nasr Abu Zayd ranks 867 out of 1,089Before him are Lon L. Fuller, Erich Neumann, Benito Jerónimo Feijóo y Montenegro, Anne Conway, Johannes Nikolaus Tetens, and Michel Marcel Navratil. After him are Leo Löwenthal, Yun Hyu, Tan Sitong, Debendranath Tagore, Antoun Saadeh, and Gaudapada.

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Among people born in 1943, Nasr Abu Zayd ranks 232Before him are Stanley Kamel, Gary Burton, Christine McVie, Eva Joly, Murtaz Khurtsilava, and Angelo Bagnasco. After him are William Calley, Roberto Micheletti, Tuesday Weld, Akinori Nakayama, Tim Hunt, and Valerie Perrine. Among people deceased in 2010, Nasr Abu Zayd ranks 139Before him are Rudolf Barshai, Leonid Kizim, Luigi Poggi, Tony Judt, Steingrímur Hermannsson, and Juan Carlos González. After him are Jill Clayburgh, Fud Leclerc, Philippa Foot, Lena Horne, Adriaan Blaauw, and Albert Ghiorso.

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Among people born in Egypt, Nasr Abu Zayd ranks 363 out of 520Before him are Beketaten (-1400), Ali ibn Ridwan (988), Riccardo Freda (1909), Ahmad al-Tayyeb (1946), Richard Anthony (1938), and Sobekemsaf I (-1650). After him are Saad el-Shazly (1922), Georges Schehadé (1905), Senebkay (-1700), Nabil Elaraby (1935), Salama Moussa (1887), and Neferefre (-2500).


Among philosophers born in Egypt, Nasr Abu Zayd ranks 18Before him are Olympiodorus the Younger (495), Ammonius Hermiae (440), Julius Pollux (200), Isaac Israeli ben Solomon (832), Syrianus (400), and Ahmad al-Tayyeb (1946). After him are Thrasyllus of Mendes (-100) and Leila Ahmed (1940).