Professor Sayed Hassan Akhlaq was born in the spring of 1976 in a religious educated family in Sayghan (of Bamyan) a city in the lap of mountains in Afghanistan. He was forced to immigrate to Iran as his father Hujjat-ul Islam Sayed Hussain Ali Hussaini was under prosecution by the dominant communist party. He grew up in an immigration area with stories of Jihad, ideological clash, stranger and countrymen, search for truth, and ideals and actual conditions. He experienced the battle between modern and classical tendencies; that made him aware of the intellectual conflict between Islamic and non-Islamic schools of thought.
He started reading the classical studies of Islam in Hawze Elmiyyah (Islamic Seminary) of Qum, and then he simultaneously continued with academic study in Philosophy and Islamic Theology. He received his degree titled Kharej-e Fiqh wa Usul after completing the Classical Study in Hawza of Mashhad. Subsequently he earned his PhD in philosophy from Allame Tabatabaii University, Tehran. In spite of his studies, he sees himself at the outset of a journey towards Truth. Dr. Akhlaq showed an inquisitive mind in study and was adjudged as the best student both in Hawza and Razawi University of Islamic sciences. His thesis in the Masters degree on “the contemporary Era in Nietzsche and Heidegger’s Thought” at Imam Khomeini International University was awarded as the Best Thesis. Also, in his PhD thesis he did a unique research on comparative philosophy between Enlightenment and Peripatetic Islamic philosophers.
He has published four scholarly books in Persian, in Iran and Afghanistan, along with numerous research papers in Persian and English.
He constantly attempts to discover the common seeds among old and modern ideas and different cultures to enrich human life and the way of thinking. Prof. Akhlaq strongly believes the potential of religious contexts that need new and critical reading.
In a struggle to understand the individual as well as the social aspect of the truth, Sayed Hassan is involved in particular and general spheres of society. As a critical philosopher, he loves to criticize stereotypes in philosophy facing modernity and development. As a religious scholar and lecturer, he loves to envelope the less-mentioned assets for community worldwide. Meanwhile, he has diversified his role in the community by participating in several inter and intra-faith dialogues.
He believes his knowledge of philosophy and Islamic intellectualism including Sufism, Hikmat, Sharia, Kalam, and ethics provide him the power to bring the lost spring of mountains for the betterment of humankind.
Sayed Hassan Akhlaq has taught graduated and undergraduate courses at some schools in Iran and Afghanistan Such as Payame Noor University, Al-Mustafa International University, Afghanistan Academy of Sciences and Gharjistan Institute of Higher Education. In addition, he served as the advisor of Afghanistan Academy of Sciences, the advisor of Quarterly Nibras, and Chancellor of Gharjistan Institute of Higher Education, Farah branch. Prof. Akhlaq has managed the first Afghan intellectuals magazine, Rayehey-e- Azadi “the smell of freedom” by international co-editorial staff for more than two years. Dr. Akhlaq works as an adviser for the Center for Study of Islam and the Middle East in Washington DC.
The Teaching Positions:
A series of 5 Lectures and Discussions at the Catholic University of America (USA, Washington DC, 2014)
- Islamic Science and its Relationship to Faith
Classes taught at the Afghanistan Academy of Sciences (Afghanistan, 2011, course for professors and researchers):
- History of the Islamic philosophy
Classes taught at the University of Gharjistan (Afghanistan, 2011, undergraduate courses):
- The Islamic doctrines;
- The general philosophy;
- The method of research.
Classes taught at Al-Mustafa International University (Iran, 2006-2010, undergraduate and masters courses):
- History of the Western philosophy;
- History of Sufism (Islamic Mysticism);
- The Comparative Study among Islamic denominations;
- The local thoughts in Islamic societies;
- The comparative study among religions;
- The current theological schools of thought;
- The Islamic theology.
Classes taught at the University of Payam-e Noor (Iran, 2008-2010, undergraduate courses):
- Classical Logic;
- History of the Western philosophy;
- History of the Islamic philosophy;
- The peripatetic philosophy;
- The transcendental philosophy;
Prof. Akhlaq’s background in the study of both religion and philosophy in traditional and modern institutions gives him the ability to introduce primary texts, better methods and proper approaches. The anonymous reviews by his students have been consistently laudatory, citing his knowledge, teaching style, and enthusiasm as highlights of the courses.
- American Philosophical Association
- American Academy of Religion
For more information, please take a look at Curriculum Vitae.