Mohammed Arkoun was born in Taourit-Mimoun, Algeria. He received his Ph.D. from the Sorbonne University in 1969 and served as Professor of the History of Islamic Thought at the Sorbonne from 1962 to 1992. Dr. Arkoun has been a visiting professor at many universities in Europe, the Middle East and the United States. He was a member of the steering committee and jury for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture from 1981 to 1998. Currently, he is professor emeritus at the Sorbonne (Paris III) and director of Arabica: Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies. Dr. Arkoun is the author of many books, including L'humanisme arabe au 4/10 siecle (1970, 2nd ed. 1982), La Pensee arabe (1975, 5th ed. 1995, translated into Arabic, English, Spanish, Swedish, and Italian), Lectures du Coran (1982, 2nd ed. 1991), and L'islam, Approche critique (1989, 3rd ed. 1998, translated into English as Rethinking Islam: Common Questions, Un-common answers, 1994).