Rachid Benzine

is one of the new generation of Muslim intellectuals, and teaches hermeneutics of the Koran in the Political Science Department in Aix en Provence.


The type of violence seen after the publication of the Mohammed cartoons is a result of a literal, essentialist reading of the Koran, says Rachid Benzine. But rather than a “modern” reading of the Koran, he advocates a new reading using the instruments of the social sciences.

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