Mohsen Kadivar
Research Professor

Mohsen Kadivar

Office Location: Room 216 Gray Building, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-3521
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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 (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, Al-Hokumat al-Wila’yyai (The Government of the Guardian Jurist) (December, 2015), Mu'sasi al-Intishar al-Arabi (Arab Diffusion Company)  [abs].
  2. M Kadivar and GH Ebrahimi Dinani, The Ontological Initiations of the Inventive Philosopher Agha Ali Mudarres Tehrani: A Case Study of the Principality of Existence, in An Anthology of Iranian Studies (December, 2015), pp. 184-213, Center for Cultural and International Studies  [abs].
  3. M Kadivar, Nazariat al-Hukm fi al-Fiqh al-Shi’i (The Theories of State in Shi’ite Law) (December, 2015), Dar al-Jadid  [abs].
  4. M Kadivar, Ijtihad in Usul al-Fiqh: Reforming Islamic Thought through Structural Ijtihad, Iran Nameh: A Persian-English Quarterly of Iranian Studies, vol. 30 no. 3 (December, 2015), pp. XX-XXVII, University of Toronto, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations  [abs].
  5. M Kadivar, Ibn Sina va Tabaqebandieh Hekmat (Avicenna & The classification of Philosophy), edited by M Kadivar, The Journal of Sapiential Wisdom and Philosophy (SOPHIA PERENNIS), vol. 1 no. 1 (December, 2015), pp. 35-106, THE IRANIAN INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY WITH THE COLLABORATION OF THE IRANIAN ACADEMY OF PHILOSOPHY  [abs].

Curriculum Vitae

Mohsen Kadivar is a research professor of Islamic studies at the department of Religious Studies, Duke University since 2009. He earned the certificate of Ijtihad from the theologian seminary of Qom and received a PhD of Islamic Philosophy and theology from Tarbiate Modarress University in Tehran. Kadivar has published several books in Persian and Arabic and a dozen of essays in English. His interests span both classical and modern Islamic thought with a special focus on Islamic philosophy, theology, law, ethics, Qur'anic studies, Shi'i political thought, Islam and modernity (specially democracy and human rights), religion and science, religion and politics, comparative medieval philosophy and comparative religious studies. You can find more information about Kaivar’s recent works on his website: