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Mohsen Kadivar, Research Professor

Mohsen Kadivar

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:

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

Teaching (Fall 2020):

    Languages 207, MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM
    (also cross-listed as AMES 288S.01, HISTORY 265S.01, POLSCI 379S.01)
    Allen 304I, Tu 04:40 PM-07:10 PM
    (also cross-listed as RIGHTS 527S.01)
Office Hours:

Thursdays 1:15-3:15 PM or by appointment

Ph.D.Tarbiat Modares University (Iran)1999

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, Democracy and ethical values from Islamic perspective, Philosophy & Social Criticism, vol. 46 no. 5 (May, 2020), pp. 563-575 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Kadivar, M, Human action within divine creation: A Muslim perspective, in God's Creativity and Human Action: Christian and Muslim Perspectives (January, 2017), pp. 7-22, ISBN 1626164851
  3. Kadivar, M, Enqelab va nezam dar buteye Naqd-e Akhlaqi (Testing the Revolution and Regime with Ethical Criticism: Ayatollah S. Muhammad Rouhan, Slander and Authority),, vol. 3 (December, 2015), pp. 233 pages, self-published e-book  [abs]
  4. Kadivar, M, Ijtihad in Usul al-Fiqh: Reforming Islamic Thought through Structural Ijtihad, Iran Nameh: a Persian English Quarterly of Iranian Studies, vol. 30 no. 3 (November, 2015), pp. XX-XXVII, University of Toronto, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, ISSN 0892-4147  [abs]
  5. Kadivar, M, Sug-Name-ye Faqih-e Pakbaz (A Tribute of the Virtuous Theologian Ayatollah Montazeri) (August, 2015), pp. 427 pages, self-published e-book  [abs]

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