Mohsen Kadivar
Research Professor

Mohsen Kadivar

Office Location: Room 216 Gray Building, Durham, NC 27708
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Ph.D., Tarbiat Modares University (Iran), 1999

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 2015):

  • RELIGION 370S.01, Understanding the qur'an Synopsis
    Social sciences 105, MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM
  • RELIGION 999.02, Special readings Synopsis
    Gray 220, Tu 04:40 PM-07:10 PM

Teaching (Spring 2016):

  • RELIGION 388S.01, Muslim ethics and islamic law Synopsis
    Social sciences 105, MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM
  • RELIGION 946.01, Comparative philosophy Synopsis
    Gray 319, Tu 04:55 PM-07:25 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. M Kadivar, Badaye’ al-Hikam of Sage Agha Ali Modarres Tehrani (2015) .
  2. M Kadivar, Dar Mahzar-e Faqih-e Azadeh Ustad Ayatollah Montazeri, (In the Presence of a Noble Theologian Ayatollah Montazeri (1922-2009) A Collection of Exchanges between the Mentor and the Disciple) (2014) .
  3. M Kadivar, Hokunate Entesabi (2014) .
  4. M Kadivar, Revisiting Women's Rights in Islam: 'Egalitarian Justice' in lie of 'Meritocratic Justice' (2014), pp. 213-234 .
  5. M. Kadivar, Routinizing the Iranian Revolution, in Islam in the Modern World, Religion in the Modern World, edited by Jeffrey T. Kenney & Ebrahim Moosa (December, 2013), pp. 351-368, Rutledge [PDF].

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Iran in 1959, he obtained the certificate of Ijtihad (the highest level in Islamic Studies) from Grand Ayatollah H.A. Montazeri at Qom Seminary in 1997 and his Ph.D. in Islamic Philosophy and Theology from Tarbiat Modarres University in Tehran in 1999. Kadivar has authored 13 books (in Persian and Arabic) and over 50 articles in Islamic Studies (Philosophy, theology, jurisprudence and political thought). Kadivar's writing on the theology of freedom has been critical of the doctrine of Velayat-e Faqih (Rule of the Supreme Jurist), an innovation in Shi'te political thought instituted in Iran by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. This controversial theory places temporal and spiritual power in the hands of the most qualified religious scholar. Kadivar, together with an increasing number of religious scholars in Iran, have questioned the religious authenticity of this form of autocratic rule. In 1999, Kadivar was convicted by the Special Court for Clergy and sentenced to eighteen months in prison on charges of having spread false information about Iran's "sacred system of the Islamic Republic" and of helping enemies of the Islamic revolution. You can find links to recent interviews and news articles featuring Mohsen Kadivar on the DISC Faculty Experts on Iran page of the DISC website: