Taha Abdurrahman

Taha Abdurrahman

1944 (age 7172)

El Jadida province of El Jadida, Morocco

Era 20th / 21st-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy islamic thought
Main interests

Philosophy of language logic morality Islam and science Social criticism


Taha Abdurrahman (born 1944)[1][2] is a Moroccan philosopher who is considered as one of the leading philosophers and thinkers in Islamic world whose research centers on logic, philosophy of language and philosophy of morality. He believes in the variety of modernities and seeks to establish an ethical humanitarian modernity based on the values and principles of the Islamic religion.

Early life and education

He was born in 1944 and raised in El Jadida (province of El Jadida) there he went to basic school, after that he moved to Casablanca where he continued his high school, and then he joined the Mohammed V University (Rabat, Morocco) where he obtained his licentiate in philosophy. He completed his studies at the university of Sorbonne where he received his second licentiate and obtained his doctoral third level in the year of 1972 on the subject: "Language and philosophy: a study of the linguistic structures of ontology", and in 1985 he earned his Ph.D in the philosophy on the subject "study of argumentation and its methods" (in French: Essai sur les logiques des raisonnements argumentatifs et naturels, literally "Essay on the logic of reasoning argumentatives and naturals").[3]

Career in academia

Abdurrahman served as a Professor of Philosophy of language and logic at Mohammed V University from 1970 until his retirement in 2005. He is a member of the 'International Society for the Study of Argumentation' which he represents in Morocco, representative of 'Gesellschaft für Interkulturelle Philosophie / Society of Intercultural Philosophy', and director of 'Wisdom Circle for Thinkers and Researchers'.

He was awarded the Prize of Morocco twice, and in 2006 the ISESCO Prize in Islamic thought and philosophy.

Characteristics of his method

His philosophical practice is characterized by a combination of "logical analysis" and "linguistic derivation" proceeding a mystical experience, in a framework to provide the concepts related to the Islamic heritage and based on the most important achievements of modern Western thought on the level of "theories of speech" and "argumentative logic" and " philosophy of ethics, which makes his philosophizing predominantly appearing in a "moral" and "deliberative" style.

His Most Important Works



Arabic Wikipedia

Wisdom Forum for Thinkers and Researchers

Mohammed Hashas, "Islamic Philosophy III: The Question of Ethics: Taha Abderrahmane's Praxeology and Trusteeship Paradigm," Resetdoc, 23 Sept. 2014, http://www.resetdoc.org/story/00000022452

Mohammed Hashas, “Taha Abderrahmane’s Trusteeship Paradigm: Spiritual Modernity and the Islamic Contribution to the Formation of a Renewed Universal Civilization of Ethos,” Oriente Moderno 95 (2015), pp. 67-105.

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