World Bulletin / News Desk
Wellknown Egytptian-American intelelctual Dr. Fathi Osman died for congestive heart failure on Saturday at his home in Montrose. He was 82.
Osman wrote more than 25 books in Arabic and English, including "Concepts of the Quran" (1996), a unique English-language commentary on the Koran which organizes verses into topics ranging from tawheedto ibaadaat to shariah, Los Angeles Times reported.
His diversified works include a collection of essays critiquing Islamic movements; books on Sharia, human rights and democracy; analyses of the permanent and circumstantial verses in the Quran.
Osman, born 1928 in Egypt, developed an understanding of human rights as an essential component of Islamic law (shariah).
He developed an understanding of human rights as an essential component of Islamic law (shariah).
He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Cairo University in 1948, a law degree from Alexandria University in 1960, a master's in history from Cairo University in 1962, and a doctorate in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton in 1976.
He moved to Los Angeles in 1987 to become a resident scholar at the Islamic Center of Southern California.
He also founded the Institute for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World at the Los Angeles-based Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation and was a senior scholar at USC's Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement.