Mustafa 'Abd al-Raziq

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Shaykh Mustafa 'Abd al-Raziq (1885 – 15 February 1947) was an Egyptian Islamic philosopher.[1]

'Abd al-Raziq succeeded Mustafa al-Maraghi as rector of al-Azhar. His appointment encountered resistance, since he was not a member of the Council of Supreme ulama: King Farouk pressured for the law to be altered to allow him to assume office.[2]

A follower of Muhammad Abduh, 'Abd al-Raziq wanted "to prove the compatibility of traditional Islamic philosophy with the rationalism of modern thought".[3]


  1. ^ Goldschmidt, Jr., Arthur (2000). Biographical Dictionary of Modern Egypt. Lynne Rienner Publishers. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-55587-229-8. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Rainer Brünner (2004). Islamic Ecumenism In The 20th Century: The Azhar And Shiism Between Rapprochement And Restraint. BRILL. p. 131. ISBN 978-90-04-12548-3. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi' (2001). "The Arab World". In Seyyed Hossein Nasr; Oliver Leaman. Routledge History of World Philosophies: History of Islamic philosophy. Vol. 1. Routledge. pp. 1088–1092. ISBN 978-0-415-05667-0. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • I. M. Abu Rabi', 'Al-Azhar and rationalism in modern Egypt: the philosophical contributions of Shaykhs Mustafa 'Abd al-Raziq and 'Abd al-Halim Mahmud', Islamic Studies, vol. 27, no. 2 (Summer 1988), pp. 129–50
  • G. C. Anawati and M. Borrmans, 'Le cheikh Mustafa 'Abd al-Raziq et son ecole', in Tendances et courants de l'Islam arabe contemporaine, Munchen, 1982, pp. 30–35
  • Taha Hussein, 'Le cheikh Mostafa 'Abd el-Razeq tel que je l'ai connu', Melanges, vol. 4 (1957), pp. 249–53