Research Professor in the Department of Religious Studies
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: http://kadivar.com/
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, self-published e-book, 2015.
Kadivar, M. Sug-Name-ye Faqih-e Pakbaz (A Tribute of the Virtuous Theologian Ayatollah Montazeri). self-published e-book, 2015.
Kadivar, M. Dar Mahzar-e Faqih-e Azadeh (In the Presence of a Noble Theologian Ayatollah Montazeri (1922-2009) A Collection of Exchanges between the Mentor and the Disciple). self-published e-book, 2015.
Kadivar, M. Al-Hokumat al-Wila’yyai (The Government of the Guardian Jurist). Mu’sasi al-Intishar al-Arabi (Arab Diffusion Company), 2015.
Kadivar, M. Ebtezal-e Marja’iyyat-e Shi’a (The Trivialization of Shi’i Authority: Impeaching Iran’s Supreme Leader’s Claim to Religious Authority). self-published e-book, 2015. Open Access Copy
Kadivar, M. Asnadi az Shekaste Shodan-e Namous-e Enqelab (Evidence of Dishonoring the Revolution: Examining the last years of Ayatollah Shari’atmadari’s life). self-published e-book, 2015.
Kadivar, M. Nedaye Sabz: Rawayati as Jonbesh-e Sabz-e Mardom-e Iran (The Green Call: A Narrative of the Iranian Green Movement). Vol. 1, self-published e-book, 2014.
Kadivar, M. Mujazat-e Ertedad wa Azadi-ye Mazhab: Naqd-e Mujazat-e Ertedad wa Sabb al-Nabi ba Mawazin-e Feqh-e Estedlali (Apostasy, Blasphemy, & Religious Freedom in Islam: A Critique Based on Demonstrative Jurisprudence). self-published e-book, 2014. Open Access Copy
Kadivar, M. Estizah-e Rahbari (Impeaching Iran’s Supreme Leader on his Political Authority). self-published e-book, 2014.
Kadivar, M. Hokumate Entesabi (Appointive /Non-Elective State). self-published e-book, 2014.
Kadivar, M. “Human action within divine creation: A Muslim perspective.” God’s Creativity and Human Action: Christian and Muslim Perspectives, 2017, pp. 7–22.
Nasr, S. H., and M. Aminrazavi, editors. “Marvels of Wisdom (Badayi’ al-Hikam).” An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia, Vol. 5: From School of Shiraz to Twentieth Century, translated by M. Kadivar, vol. 5, I.B.Tauris, 2015, pp. 471–88.
Kadivar, M. “Revisiting Women's Rights in Islam: 'Egalitarian Justice' in lie of 'Meritocratic Justice'.” Justice Through Equality: New Approaches to Muslim Family Law, edited by Z. Mir-Hosseini et al., I.B. Tauris, 2013, pp. 213–34.
Kadivar, M. “Wilayat al-faqih and Democracy.” Islam, the State and Political Authority, Medieval Issues and Modern Concerns, edited by A. Afsaruddin, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp. 207–24.
Kadivar, M. “Human Rights and Intellectual Islam.” New Directions in Islamic Thought: Exploring Reform and Muslim Tradition, edited by K. Vogt et al., I.B.Tauris, 2011, pp. 47–74.
Kadivar, M. “Theories of Government in Shi’i Fiqh.” Shi’ism, Critical Concepts in Islamic Studies Vol. 3: Law, Rite & Rituals, edited by P. Luft and C. Turner, Routledge, 2008, pp. 267–82.
Kadivar, M. “Freedom of Religion and Belief in Islam.” The New Voices of Islam: Reforming Politics and Modernity – A Reader, edited by M. Kamrava, I.B.Tauris, 2006, pp. 119–42.
Kadivar, M., and G. H. Ebrahimi Dinani. “The Ontological Initiations of the Inventive Philosopher Agha Ali Mudarres Tehrani: A Case Study of the Principality of Existence.” An Anthology of Iranian Studies, Center for Cultural and International Studies, 2002, pp. 184–213.
Kadivar, M. “Political Rights of People in Islam.” Islamic Views on Human Rights: The Viewpoints of Iranian Scholars, edited by E. Salami, Al-hoda International Publications, 2001, pp. 107–24.
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, University of Toronto, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Nov. 2015, pp. XX–XXVII.
Kadivar, M. “La naissance du «souverain juriste». Généalogie de la théorie de l’État shi’ite (The Birth of Guardianship Jurist: The Genealogy of Shi’ite Theory of Governance).” Les Temps Modernes, vol. 70, no. 683, June 2015, pp. 110–28.
Kadivar, M. “From traditional Islam to Islam as an end in itself.” Welt Des Islams, vol. 51, no. 3–4, Dec. 2011, pp. 459–84. Scopus, doi:10.1163/157006011X611632. Full Text
Kadivar, M. “Ibn Sina va Tabaqebandieh Hekmat (Avicenna & The classification of Philosophy).” The Journal of Sapiential Wisdom and Philosophy (Sophia Perennis), edited by M. Kadivar, vol. 1, no. 1, THE IRANIAN INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY WITH THE COLLABORATION OF THE IRANIAN ACADEMY OF PHILOSOPHY, Feb. 2009, pp. 35–106.
Kadivar, M. “Qara'at-e Faramoush Shode (The Forgotten Interpretation, Re-Construction of Theory of Virtuous Scholars, First Approach to Shi’ite Islam on Divine Guide).” Madrese (Quarterly), vol. 1, no. 3, Sirat Institute, May 2006, pp. 92–102.
Kadivar, M. “Political Innovative Ideas and Influences of Mulla Muhammad Kazim Khorasani.” Annals of Japan Association for Middle East Studies (Ajames), vol. 21, no. 1, Japan Association for Middle East Studies, Sept. 2005, pp. 59–73.