July 1, 2022

Jefferson Descendant to Speak at UMW (The Free Lance-Star)

Aminrazavi quoted in FLS on Jefferson Descendent Speaking at UMW

Race and Religion flyerProfessor of Philosophy and Religion Mehdi Aminrazavi was quoted in a Free Lance-Star article entitled, “Jefferson descendent to speak at UMW” that ran in advance of Shannon LaNier’s keynote address on Tuesday to open UMW’s Race and Religion Conference, sponsored by the Khatib Program in Religion and Dialogue. A Houston-area news anchor and social media influencer, LaNier is the sixth great-grandson of the third U.S. president, descended through Sally Hemings, one of the founding father’s enslaved workers.

Mehdi Aminrazavi, director of the Khatib Program and professor of philosophy and religion at UMW, said he is excited to have LaNier speak at the event.

“I like what he had to say,” Aminrazavi said. “(There’s a) perception of our founding fathers and the reality of the (lives) they lived and I thought it would be good for our students to learn different understandings and narratives of Thomas Jefferson.”

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Aminrazavi Publishes Article

Mehdi Aminrazavi, Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Co-Director of the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies

Mehdi Aminrazavi, Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Co-Director of the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies

Mehdi Aminrazavi, Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Co-Director of the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies, published an article in a peer reviewed journal, “Omar Khayyām on Theodicy: Irreconcilability of the Transcendental and the Imminent,” Journal of Islamic Philosophy, 11(2019): 33-44

Rewriting the narrative of fear (Long Island Advance.net)

Aminrazavi Gives Talk at Islamic College

Mehdi Aminrazavi gave a talk via webinar for students at the Islamic College of London titled “Critical Reasoning in Islamic Studies” in December 2016.

The webinar recording can be accessed here:

https://ysu-na.youseeu.com/external-player/1285/c78afe336970c55ded9deb735c4253e9/styled?lti-scope=d2l-resource-syncmeeting-list

 

 

 

Aminrazavi Presents on Islamic Philosophy in Academia

Mehdi Aminrazavi presented a lecture titled “The Status of Islamic Philosophy in Academia in the U.S.” to a group of faculty and graduate students at Iran-Mashhad University’s Faculty of Literature and Humanities on Oct. 9, 2016.

 

 

Aminrazavi Publishes Article on Religious Tolerance

Mehdi Aminrazavi, professor of philosophy and religion, published the article “Religious Tolerance” in The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion (279-287), edited by Graham Oppy and released April 2015.

Aminrazavi Co-Edits Book

Mehdi Aminrazavi, professor of Philosophy and Religion, recently co-edited From the School of Shiraz to the Twentieth Century, the fifth volume of An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia.

The fifth and final volume of An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia deals with some seven centuries of Islamic thought stretching from the era following the Mongol invasion to the end of the Qajar period early in the 20th century.

http://www.ibtauris.com/Search%20Results.aspx?query=an+anthology+of+philosophy+in+persia

Aminrazavi Publishes Book

SUNY Press recently published “Sufism and American Literary Masters” edited bySufism and American Literary Masters by Mehdi Aminrazavi Mehdi Aminrazavi, professor of Philosophy and Religion.

Here is the forward by Jacob Needleman:

“This book reveals the rich, but generally unknown, influence of Sufism on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature. The translation of Persian poets such as Hafiz and Sa’di into English and the ongoing popularity of Omar Khayyam offered intriguing new spiritual perspectives to some of the major American literary figures. As editor Mehdi Aminrazavi notes, these Sufi influences have often been subsumed into a notion of “Eastern,” chiefly Indian, thought and not acknowledged as having Islamic roots. This work pays considerable attention to two giants of American literature, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, who found much inspiration from the Sufi ideas they encountered. Other canonical figures are also discussed, including Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, along with literary contemporaries who are lesser known today, such as Paschal Beverly Randolph, Thomas Lake Harris, and Lawrence Oliphant.”

Aminrazavi Featured on the Cover of St. Joseph’s College Magazine

Medhi Aminrazavi, professor of classics, philosophy and religion on the cover of St. Joseph's College Magazine

Medhi Aminrazavi, professor of classics, philosophy and religion on the cover of St. Joseph’s College Magazine

Mehdi Aminrazavi, professor of classics, philosophy and religion, was featured on the cover of St. Joseph’s College Magazine after serving as the Khatib Chair in Comparative Religious Studies at St. Joseph College for the past year. As part of this position, Aminrazavi gave a weekly lecture series on Shi’ism in Iran with two keynote presentations.