At a time when Islam is the focus of attention, vilified by some and a source of inspiration for others, Arkoun's is one of few voices that seek to go against the stream. His radical review of mainstream historiography of Islam draws on interdisciplinary analysis - historical, social, psychological and anthropological. One of the foremost thinkers of the Muslim world, Arkoun is in a position to question dogmatic constructs from within, with respect and critical acumen. An understanding of this approach can lead to an emancipatory turn in the intellectual and political spheres of Muslim societies.
Mohammed Arkoun is Emeritus professor at the Sorbonne, Paris, and Director of Arabica: Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies. He is the acclaimed author of several works on Islamic thinking and Quranic exegesis, including Islam, Europe and the West and Rethinking Islam: Common questions, Un-common answers (1994), and The Unthought in Contemporary Islamic Thought (2002).