n Journal for Islamic Studies - Nasr H?mid Abū Zayd (July 10, 1943 - July 5, 2010) : in memoriam

Volume 30, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0257-7062



Abū Zayd left a lasting legacy on the Qur'ān that will continue to be of interest to all those interested in its history, its meaning and its reception. He was born in a small village near Tanta called Quhafa. There, he memorized this Qur'ān as part of his basic education, and also acquired a technical education in telecommunications. He continued his studies at Cairo University at a mature age; obtaining a BA (Arabic Studies) in 1972, MA in 1977 and finally a Phd in 1981 in Islamic Studies. While most of his studies were completed at Cairo University, he also spent time at the American University in Cairo (1975-1977) and the Center for Middle East Studies of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia USA (1978-1979).

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