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Mohsen Kadivar, Research Professor

Mohsen Kadivar

Mohsen Kadivar is a leading public intellectual, a theologian, and a research professor of Islamic studies at the Department of Religious Studies (Duke University). His interests span both classical and modern Islamic thought as well as comparative medieval philosophy and philosophy of religion with a special focus on Islamic philosophy, ethics, theology, jurisprudence, Qur'anic studies, Shi'i political thought, Islam and modernity (especially democracy and human rights), religion and politics, religion and science, the problem of evil, and comparative religious studies. Author of thirty books in Persian, his recent books are /Human Rights and Reformist Islam/ and /Blasphemy and Apostasy in Islam (both Edinburgh U. Press, 2021). His forthcoming books are /Governance by Guardianship: Rule and Government in the Islamic Republic of Iran (Cambridge University Press) and /Islamic Theocracy in the Secular Age: Revisiting Shiʿite Political Thought of the Islamic Republic of Iran (UNC Press). You can find more information about Kaivar’s recent works on his website:


Contact Info: 
Office Location:  Room 216 Gray Building, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3521
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:

Teaching (Fall 2022):

    Gray 220, TuTh 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as ETHICS 287.01, NEUROSCI 237.01)
    Gray 319, W 03:30 PM-06:00 PM
Office Hours:

By appointment

Ph.D.Tarbiat Modares University (Iran)1999
M.A.University of Qom (Iran)1993
B.A.University of Qom (Iran)1989

Research Interests: Modern Qur’anic Studies, Classical Islamic Philosophy, Islamic Legal & Ethical Theories, Islamic Political Thought, Human Rights and Democracy in Islam, Classical and Modern Shi’a Theology


Ethics • History • Islam • Law • Philosophy • Political science • Religion

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Kadivar, M, Islamic Theocracy in the Secular Age (December, 2023), The University of North Carolina Press  [abs]
  2. Kadivar, M, Governance by Guardianship, edited by Sadri, M (2023), Cambridge University Press (translated by Mottahedeh, R; Moussavi, AK; Madaninejad, B.)  [abs]
  3. Kadivar, M, Rethinking Muslim Marriage Rulings through Structural Ijtihad, in Justice and Beauty in Muslim Marriages: Towards Egalitarian Ethics and Laws, edited by Mir-Hosseini, Z; Al-Sharmani, M; Rumminger, J; Marsso, S (November, 2022), pp. 229-247, Oneworld, ISBN 9780861544486
  4. Kadivar, M, Islam and the State from a Shi'ite Perspective, in Secularism in Comparative Perspective — Religion across Political Contexts, edited by Laurence, J (2022), SPRINGER
  5. Kadivar, M, The Era of Cooperation and Assistance, vol. II (October, 2021), pp. 1-558, New Thought Press, ISBN 978-3-948894-04-7  [abs]

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