Mehdi Aminrazavi

Iranian Scholar

Mehdi Aminrazavi (born September 22, 1957) is an Iranian scholar of philosophy and mysticism. He is the Kurt Leidecker Chair in Asian Studies 22 and a professor of philosophy and religion as well as director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies Program at the University of Mary Washington.[1][2][3][4]


Born in Mashhad, Iran, Aminrazavi studied at the University of Washington in Seattle and received his bachelor's degree in Architecture and city planning and a master's in philosophy. He then transferred to Temple University where he received his master's in religious studies and a Ph.D. in philosophy of religion. He has been teaching at the University of Mary Washington since 1990.[5][6]


Aminrazavi is a member of a number of prestigious national and international philosophical and religious organizations including the American Academy of Religion, the American Philosophical Association and the Middle Eastern Society of America.[7]


  • Philosophy, Religion and the Question of Intolerance (1997)
  • Suhrawardi and the School of Illumination (1997)
  • Philosophy, Religion, and the Question of Intolerance (1997) with David Ambuel
  • An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia with Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  • The Islamic Intellectual Tradition in Persia (1996) with Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  • The Wine Of Wisdom: The Life, Work, And The Legacy Of Omar Khayyam (2005)
  • Islamic Philosophy & Theology: An Online Textbook for Colleges (2010).


  1. ^ "Muslim professor at UMW feels direct affects of Trump's travel ban, tells his story". The Blue & Gray Press. 2017-02-16. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  2. ^ "Mehdi Aminrazavi (maminraz)". Directory.
  3. ^ "Mehdi Aminrazavi - The Institute of Ismaili Studies".
  4. ^ Spivey, Erika (2015-09-01). "Aminrazavi Publishes Article on Religious Tolerance". EagleEye. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  5. ^ "Oral History Program: Interview with Mehdi Aminazavi" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Cosmopolis | rivista di filosofia e teoria politica". Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  7. ^ Forum on the Future of Islam: Muslim Perspectives on Islamic Extremism (Rethink Institute: January, 2016) p.71 ISBN 978-1-938300-34-9
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