September 20, 2020

Mehdi Aminrazavi Held Book Discussion at GMU

Mehdi Aminrazavi, professor of philosophy and religion and co-director of the Center for Asian Studies, discussed his book, “The Wine of Wisdom: The Life, Poetry and Philosophy of Omar Khayyam,” at George Mason University on Thursday, Sept. 22. The book discussion was presented by the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies  in coordination with Fall for the Book 2011.

“Nourished by an admiration of Khayyam that has been with him since childhood, Aminrazavi’s comprehensive new biography reintroduces the figure of Omar Khayyam, and his great achievements, to the Western world. Blending a readable and accessible narrative with scholarly ambition and years of research, Aminrazavi’s work covers not only Khayyam’s well-known poetry, but also his extraordinary life, his neglected philosophical writings and the impact of his work in the West. It features a variety of supporting material, including original translations and the full text of Fitzgerald’s Rubaiyyat, and will prove an ideal biography for those who want to know more about the poets inspired by Rumi.” — from the book jacket

Mehdi Aminrazavi

Mehdi Aminrazavi, professor of philosophy and religion, has recently published Islamic Philosophy: An Online Text Book for Colleges.

“This text book provides the reader with a comprehensive and thorough discussion of the Islamic philosophical tradition from historical and thematic perspectives,” said Aminrazavi. “This work offers a survey of the development of Islamic philosophy (Falsafah-Hikmah) in different periods and schools of thought.” Various themes and debates among philosophers concerning such topics as ontology, epistemology, metaphysics, eschatology, ethics, and political philosophy are among the issues discussed.

This book will be used in the master’s program at Middlesex University and the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, both located in London, and will be used for their online Islamic philosophy courses in 2010 through 2011. The book is available only in electronic format. For more information, visit or

In addition, Aminrazavi’s book An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia was selected as one of the superior books in the field of humanities for the International Department of Tehran’s 23rd International Book Fair.  Aminrazavi,  who is director of the Middle Eastern Studies program and co-director of the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies,  accepted the honor at a special ceremony in Tehran in May.