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God and Man in the Qur’an : Semantics of the Qur’anic Weltanschauung (Toshihiko Izutsu)

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Toshihiko Izutsu (1914-1993) was a professor at the Institute of Cultural and Linguistic Studies (Keio University, Tokyo), at the Imperial Academy of Iranian Philosophy (Tehran), and at McGill University (Montreal).

In 1931, he entered Keio University first at the Faculty of Economics, then reoriented to the Faculty of English Literature. Alone, he manages to know more than a dozen languages ​​including Arabic. During World War II, he serves as an interpreter for Central Asian languages ​​and Arabic.
In 1950, he was Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Keio University. In 1957, he gave a scientific translation of the Quran outside Japan. Between 1969-75, he took the Chair of Islamic Philosophy at McGill University in Montreal. In 1975, he held the Chair of Comparative Oriental Philosophy at the Imperial Iranian Academy of Philosophy in Tehran. In 1981, he is Professor Emeritus at Keio University.
His work has concerned both Islamic studies and, for example, the "concept of man in 19th century Russia" or "the philosophy of Zen Buddhism".

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Conférence internationale consacrée à Toshihiko Izutsu


This book might as well have been entitled in a more general way "Semantics of the Qur’an" but for the fact the main part of the present study is almost extensively concerned with the problem of the personal relation between God and man in the Qur’anic worldview. Coming from the pen of the first serious Asian non-Muslim scholar and a Japanese, this book is now available in a new improved edition.