Muhammad Farid Wajdi

Muhammad Farid Wajdi (1875-1954) was a prolific Egyptian author, whose writings aimed at integrating modern knowledge into the classical system of Islam. His Quranic commentary, al-Mushaf al-mufassar (The Koran Interpreted), aimed at providing a modern scientific exegesis of the Quran. From 1933-52 he was editor in chief of the official journal of Al-Azhar university. He engaged in many controversial debates pertaining to the emancipation of women and the authenticity of pre-Islamic poetry.

For further reading see:

Jansen, J.J.G. "Muḥammad Farīd Wad̲j̲dī." Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition. Edited by: P. Bearman; , Th. Bianquis; , C.E. Bosworth; , E. van Donzel; and W.P. Heinrichs. Brill, 2010. Brill Online. University of Exeter. 02 December 2010 <http://brillonline.nl/subscriber/entry?entry=islam_SIM-5395>