Mohsen Kadivar
Research Professor of Religious Studies

Mohsen Kadivar

Office Location: Room 216 Gray Building, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-3521
Email Address:
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Ph.D., Tarbiat Modares University (Iran), 1999
M.A., University of Qom (Iran), 1993
B.A., University of Qom (Iran), 1989

Research Categories: 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

Teaching (Fall 2022):

  • RELIGION 287.01, Religion and science Synopsis
    Gray 220, TuTh 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
  • RELIGION 946S.01, Comparative medieval philos Synopsis
    Gray 319, W 03:30 PM-06:00 PM

Teaching (Spring 2023):

  • RELIGION 374S.01, Islam & the meaning of life Synopsis
    Allen 226, MW 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
  • RELIGION 377S.01, Religion & politics Synopsis
    Allen 226, TuTh 03:30 PM-04:45 PM

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 .
  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  [abs].

Curriculum Vitae


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: