Seyyed Hossein Nasr

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Seyyed Hossein Nasr
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Born7 April 1922
Tehran, Iran
NationalityIranian
OccupationPhilosopher, Professor and Author

Seyyed Hossein Nasr is a Philosopher and Professor at the George Washington University.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Seyyed Hossein Nasr was born in Tehran on 7th April 1922 in a family of learned people. Nasr’s father and grandfather both were physicians. They were the descendants of Mulla Seyyed Muhammad Taqi Poshtmashhad, the famous Sufi from Kashan, whose tomb, next to that of Safavid king Shah Abbas, is a still visited by people today

Being a  powerful speaker with appealing personality makes Nasr one of the most demanded scholars at seminars, conferences, radio and television shows. His regular appearances at public lectures contributes to his being one of the most famous scholars of Islam and Religion. During the period of his education, Nasr travelled to various places in Europe including Italy, Britain, France, and Switzerland.

Career[edit | edit source]

  • Professor, Columbian College of Arts and Science, George Washington University, Massachusetts (1984-Present)
  • Professor, Temple University, Philadelphia (1979-1984)
  • President, Aryamehr University, Tehran (1972-1979)
  • Academic Vice-chancellor, Tehran University
  • Professor, Philosophy and Islamic Sciences, Tehran University

Education[edit | edit source]

  • Doctorate (History of Science), Harvard University, Massachusetts
  • Masters (Geology and Geophysics), Harvard University, Massachusetts
  • Bachelors (Physics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts

Academic Activities[edit | edit source]

  • Established the Imperial Iranian Academy of Philosophy
  • Presided the Board that founded the Foundation for Traditional Studies, Washington D.C.
  • Took part in the creation of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
  • Participated in debates and discussions with Christian and Jewish scholars including John Hick and Rabbi Izmar Schorch.
  • Gives Lectures at Oxford University, University of London and other British Universities
  • Taught at Harvard University
  • Conducted seminars at Princeton University and University of Utah
  • Delivered lectures on Islamic Art at New York University

Books[edit | edit source]

  1. Science & Civilization in Islam, The Islamic Texts Society, 1987.
  2. The Heart of Islam: Enduring Values for Humanity, HarperOne, 2004.
  3. Man and Nature: The Spiritual Crisis in Modern Man, Kazi Pubns Inc, 1997.
  4. The Garden of Truth: The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam's Mystical Tradition, HarperOne, 2008.
  5. Islam in the Modern World: Challenged by the West, Threatened by Fundamentalism, Keeping Faith with Tradition, HarperOne, 2012.
  6. Muhammad: Man of Allah, Muhammadi Trust of Great Britain and Northern Irel, 1988.
  7. Shi'ism: Doctrines, Thought, and Spirituality, State University of New York Press, 1988.
  8. Islam: Religion, History, and Civilization, HarperOne, 2002.

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