Abstract This article introduces the work of the young French Muslim philosopher Abdennour Bidar (b. 1971). It argues that Bidar’s work may be the first attempt that innovatively outlines a theoretical framework for European Islamic thought that is neither Eurocentric nor Islamocentric in the classical senses of the terms. Through a theosophic approach, 1 Bidar tries to put the two worldviews together in a genuine effort of a theologian-philosopher. I divide his project into three intellectual stages which correspond to his three basic concepts: Self-Islam, Islamic Existentialism, and Overcoming Religion.
Journal of Muslims in Europe – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2013
Keywords: Abdennour Bidar; European Islam; European Islamic thought; caliph; immortality of man; Islamic Existentialism; rational faith; spirituality
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