Massignon, Louis

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Massignon, Louis


Born July 25, 1883, in Nogent; died Nov. 4, 1962, in Paris. French Orientalist and Islamist. Professor at the Sorbonne (1919); president of the Institute of Iranistics (the Sorbonne); member of many academies and scholarly societies; foreign member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1924). Editor of the journals Revue du monde musulman (which became Revue des études islamiques in 1918) and Annuaire du monde musulman.

Massignon’s works deal with the religion, philosophy, and political and cultural history of the Muslim world and its interrelationships with other civilizations. Massignon made a significant contribution to the study of Sufism.


Opera minora, vols. 1-3. Paris, 1969.


Krachkovskii, I. Iu., V. Bartol’d, and S. Ol’denburg. “Zapiska ob uchenykh trudakh Lui Massin’ona.” Izvestiia Rossiiskoi academii nauk: VI seriia, 1924, vol. 18.
Beliaev, E. A. “Lui Massin’on.” Narody Azii i Afriki, 1963, no. 4.
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