Curriculum Vitae

Sayed Hassan “Akhlaq” Hussaini

 

Education

Allameh Tabatabaee University (Tehran- Iran), Ph. D in Philosophy, 2009. Concentration in Comparative philosophy.

 International University of Imam Khomeini (Qazvin- Iran), Master’s in Philosophy, 2004. Concentration in Western Philosophy.

 Razavi University of Islamic Sciences (Mashhad: Iran), B.A. in Philosophy and Islamic Theology, 2002. Certificate in Islamic Jurisprudence and Fundamentals of Islamic law.

 Islamic Seminaries (Mashhad and Qum: Iran), Theological Islamic studies, from 1995 to 2009.

 

Academic Experience

The George Washington University, Washington-DC- USA

Visiting Scholar                                                                                                 2013-Present

  • Produced papers on Sufism (Ibn Arabi and Rumi) and Women
  • Translated scripture on Islamic eschatology from Persian to English                                                                                           

The Catholic University of America, Washington-DC- USA

Visiting Research Fellow                                                                                   2013-Present

  • Led seminars on comparative philosophy
  • Delivered a series of lectures about Islamic philosophy and intellectualism
  • Co-taught undergraduate courses on Islam

The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, The Catholic University of America, D.C. USA

Visiting Research Professor                                                                                           2012

 

Gharjistan Higher Education Institute, Farah Branch, Afghanistan

Dean, Assistant Professor                                                                                           2011

  • Directed the first university in the Farah province, developed faculties and research office.
  • Taught undergraduate courses, including General Philosophy, Methods of Research and Islamic thoughts.

Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan                                2010-2011

Advisor, Researcher and Professor                           

  • Performed a research titled “Development in Afghanistan Using Domestic Philosophy”
  • Cooperated and taught course on “The History of Islamic Philosophy” for Scholars and Researchers
  • Committees/boards
  • Managed and supervised support staff

Payam-e Noor University, Mashhad, Iran                                                             2008-2010

Assistant Visiting Professor

  • Taught undergraduate courses including: Formal Logic; Transcendental Wisdom, Peripatetic Philosophy, History of Western Philosophy, History of Islamic Philosophy.

Al-Mustafa International University, Mashhad, Iran                                       2007-2010

  • Taught Undergraduate and Masters Courses, including courses in History of Sufism and Philosophy in Islam; History of Western Philosophy; Comparative Theology, Contemporary Theological Thought, Comparative Study of Religion, Discursive Theology in Islam.
  • Member of Curriculum Development Team
  • Design and Grading of examinations
  • Program administrator, Seminars and Meetings
  • Supervising and Advising Master’s dissertations.

The Strategic Studies Center of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan               summer 2007

Taught “Religious Pluralism”

Hazrate Zainab Library and Hussaineyah, Mashhad, Iran                              1998-2001

Taught General course, Introduction to Islamic Sciences

 

 

 Publications

 Books

The Intellectual Foundations of Islamic Culture: An Introduction (in press)

Life after Death: Introduction to Islamic Eschatology, Assisted with translation (in press)

From the Tradition of Balkh to the Modernity of Paris (Kabul: Nebras Organization and Saied Publication House, 2010)

The Enlightenment Tradition in Islam and the West (Tehran: Amir Kabir, 2009)

Philosophical Discourse between Islam and the West (Qom; Al-Mustafa International University, Iran, 2008)

From Mawlana (Rumi) to Nietzsche (Qum, Soluke-e Javan, Iran, 2007)

 

Articles

“The Tradition of Rationality in Islamic Culture”, in George F. McLean, ed., The Sacred and the Secular, (CRVP Press, in press)

“Islamic Philosophy between Theism and Deism,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia (Axioma – Publicaoes da Faculdade de Filosofia, in press).

“The Relationship between Sufism and Politics in Nasafi,” Comparative Islamic Studies (Equinox, in press).

“A Quranic Reflection on Nostra Aetatein Pim Valkenberg and Anthony Cirelli, ed., Nostra Aetate Celebrating 50 Years of Dialogue with Jews and Muslims (Washington: The Catholic University of America Press, 2016).

“Looking Inside the Heart: The Universal Appeal of God and Humanity as Reflected in Ibn al-‘Arabi’s Fusus al-Hikam and Maulana Rumi’s Mathnawi Manawi,” in Clinton Bennett and Sarwar Alam, ed., Sufism, Pluralism, and Democracy (Equinox, 2016).

“The Guise of the Sunni-Shiite Use of Excommunication (Takfir) in the Middle East,” in Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Villanova University; Vol. XXXVIII, No.4, Pp. 1-22, Summer 2015.

“Globalization and the New World”, in Alexander N. Chumakov, Iran I Mazour, and William C. Gay, ed., Global Studies Encyclopedic Dictionary, (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2014)

“Rationality in Islamic Peripatetic and Enlightenment Philosophies”, in George F. McLean, ed, Philosophy Emerging from Culture, (CRVP Press, 2013)

“Identity and Immigration: A Quranic Perspective”, in John P. Hogan, ed, Building Community in a Mobile/Global Age (CRVP Press, 2013).

“The Theoretical Foundations of Tolerance in Rumi,” in Philosophy, Culture, and Traditions (A Journal of the World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies), Vol. 8 (2012).

“The Conjunction between the Quranic Justice and Islamic Civilization”, in John P. Hogan, ed, Justice and Responsibility: Cultural and Philosophical Considerations (CRVP Press, In press).

“The Peace in Modernity Philosopher’s Viewpoint”, in Angara, (Kabul: Civil Society & Human Rights organization, Fall, 2012).

“An Introduction to the Relation of Islam with the Foundations of Peace and Human Rights”, in Nebras, (Kabul: NEBRAS studies and research organization, 2011).

“The Idea of Progress in Averroes and Enlightenment Philosophies”; in Islampazhohi (The Study of Islam) (Tehran: Jehad-e Danishgahi: Social studies and Humanities academy: 2010)

“Reason and Knowledge in the Tradition of Balkhis”, in Nebras (Kabul: NEBRAS studies and research organization, 2010)

“Deliberation on the Strengths and Weaknesses of Al-Afghani”, in Nebras (Kabul: NEBRAS studies and research organization, 2010).

“The Rationale of Islamic Republic: Politicization or Thought?”, in Nebras (Kabul: NEBRAS studies and research organization, 2010).

“Al-Farabi and Machiavelli”, in Ayene Marefat, (Tehran: Shahid Beheshti University, 2009)

“The Relationship between Sense and Reason in Peripatetic Islamic Philosophy” in Zehn, (Tehran: the Academy of Islamic thoughts and culture, 2008).

“A Critical Study on Tillich’s Symbolism toward Religious Language” in Afaq (Kabul: Afaq Institute, 2010)

“A Comparative Study on Realistic Preach in Islam and Christianity” in Safir (Mashad: Al-Mustafa international University press, 2009).

“An Introduction to Dialogue between Civilizations According to Al-Afghani’s Viewpoint” in Afaq (Kabul: Afaq Institute, 2010)

“Why Do We Need to Read Philosophy? Ten Arguments” in Ariana Magazine (Kabul: Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan, in press)

“The Alienation and its Effects of Social Changes” in Ariana Magazine (Kabul: Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan, in press)

“The Common Foundations for Modern Education System and Inward-Looking Development” in Ariana Magazine (Kabul: Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan, in press).

“Human from Mawlana and Nietzsche’s Perspectives; Similar Rights with Fundamental Differences” in Human Rights Journal (Mufid University; Qum: 2005)

“Mawlana and the Grounds of Human Rights” in M.H. Majandeh, ed. Theoretical Foundations of Human Rights (Mufid University; Qum, 2006).

 

Translation

Allamh Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Husayni Tihrani, “Life After Death, Resurrection, Judgment, and the Final Destiny of the Soul; Studies in Islamic Eschatology” Translated and Annotated by Mohammad H. Faghfoory, (Great Books of the Islamic World; Chicago, 2015) Volume 1, pp. 256-384.

 

 Papers for Ariana Encyclopedia

(The National Encyclopedia of Afghanistan)

Authored:

Cynicism

Experiential Unity (Wahdat-e Shuhud)

Feminism

Hegelianism

How much and How

Humanitarianism

Lahut

Metaphysics

Ontology

Ontological unity (panentheism) (Wahdat-e Wujud)

Rationalism

Reason and Intellect

The Age of Reason

The Cause and causality

The Celestial sphere

The Common Honor and Loyalty (Ibn Khaldun)

The First Philosophy

The Middle Ages

Utopianism

Vitalism

Edited and Updated:

Sadhu (Murtaz)

Machiavelli

Marx and Marxism

Materialism

 

Conference Papers and Presentations (Invited)

“Reflections of Feminist Steaks in Averroes,” presented at conference on MAR-AAR 2016 Annual Conference (Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ, March 9-11, 2016)

“Peacemaking Is a Manifest Victory – Inside and outside, the Quranic Perspective,” presented at conference on MAR-AAR 2016 Annual Conference (Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ, March 9-11, 2016)

“Human Rights and Academic Freedom: Dreams and Realities in Afghanistan Today,” talked at Scholar at Risk Event, (The Office of Global Strategy of George Mason University and Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society at George Mason University, Sept. 29, 2015)

“The Existential Dialectics of the Quran Regarding History,” presented at conference on Contemplating the Quran (George Mason University and Howard University, Washington D.C., April 20-21, 2015)

“The Crisis of National and Religious Identity in Contemporary Afghanistan,” presented at 32th Annual Conference: Religion, Tradition, and Inter-Faith Relation in the Muslim World (American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies at Villanova University, Philadelphia, April 17-18, 2015)

“Ibn Arabi and God’s Manifestation in Women,” presented at Annual Conference Mid-Atlantic Region (American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature, Maryland, Mar. 6, 2015)

“The Failure of Anti-Establishment Islamic Reformers to Reconcile with the ‘Other’,” presented at seminar on Religion, Reconciliation and Peace: Philosophical Perspectives (Council for Research in Values and Philosophy at the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., Aug. 17- Sep. 18, 2015)

Responded to the papers of the APA Committee Session: “Philosophical Issues and Islam: How, What, and Why to Teach (and Research)” at American Philosophical Annual Meeting (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dec. 27 – 30, 2014)

“Looking for God: The Position of Women as Reflected in Rumi’s Mathnawi” presented at Annual Conference Mid-Atlantic Region (American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature, New York, Mar. 7-9, 2014)

“The Gates to Violence in the Current Politicized Islam”, presented at seminar on Religion: Key to Understanding Violence and Promoting Peace in Global Times (Council for Research in Values and Philosophy at the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., Aug. 18- Sept. 19, 2014)

“The Conjunction between the Quranic Justice and Islamic Civilization”, presented at International Symposium on Global Justice and Responsibility (Boston College and Council for Research in Values and Philosophy at Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts, Sept. 20-21, 2013)

“Identity and Immigration: A Quranic Perspective”; presented at the seminar on Building Community in a Mobile/Global Age (Council for Research in Values and Philosophy at the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., Oct. 24- Nov. 26, 2012)

“The Differences between Philosophy and Sufism by Focus on Bidel Mystical Poems,” presented on Ors-e Bidel in (Virginia: Khane-ye Ayeneh, Nov. 5, 2011)

“Imam Mahdi in Different Religions,” presented at “Imam Mahdi in Reason and Revelation Seminar, (Virginia: Imam Mahdi Center, Oct. 8, 2011)

“The Alienation and its Effects on Social Changes,” presented for The Social changes in Afghanistan at 3 Last Decades conference in (Kabul: Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan, Aug. 10, 2011).

“Academic Relationship among Afghanistan and Iran: Threats and Opportunities,” presented at Afghanistan and Iran Academic Relationship: Strengths and Weaknesses seminar in (Kabul: Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan, Jun. 15, 2011.

“The Common Foundations for Modern Education System and Inward-Looking Development,” presented at the Current Afghanistan Education System conference in (Kabul: Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan, Feb. 8, 2011.

“The Philosophical Foundations of Development for Afghanistan,” presented at The Development of Afghanistan: Economical and Philosophical Viewpoints seminar in (Farah: Gharjistan University, Aug. 1, 2011)

“The Religious Pluralism in Islamic Peripatetic Philosophy,” presented at The Religious Pluralism seminar in (Kabul: Gharjistan University, Dec. 9, 2010)

“The Dialogue and Peace-Building in Holy Quran,” in Peace-Building in Afghanistan conference that held by Institute of Development and Public Awareness (Kabul, Mar. 07 2011)

“The Tradition of Rationality in Islamic Culture”; presented at the seminar on The Sacred and the Secular: Complementary and/or Conflictual (Council for Research in Values and Philosophy at the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., 2009)

“The Rationality in Islamic Peripatetic and Enlightenment Philosophies”; presented at the conference of Philosophy Emerging from Culture (as the pre-world Congress on Philosophy Conference) (Council for Research in Values and Philosophy and Soongsil University, Korea: Seoul, July 27-29, 2008)

“The Identity, Health and Searching for Meaning from Rumi Perspective,” invited for presentation at the 11th International Philosophy on of Nursing Conference (UK: West Park Conference Centre, 2007)

“The Dialogue between Human Rights and Reality of Man,” presented at The Forth International Conference on Human Rights (Mufid University; Qum, 2007)

“Mawlana, Modern Human and Desire Desert,” presented for International Congress on Mawlana (Tehran: Iranian Institute of Philosophy; 2007)

“With Heidegger; Searching a Path for Ourselves in Relation between Religion, Science and Technology,” presented and selected as the best paper at The International Congress on Relation between Science and Religion (Tehran University of medicines; May, 04 2006)

“Human from Mawlana and Nietzsche’s Perspectives; Similar Rights with Fundamental Differences,” presented at the Third International Conference on Human Rights (Mufid University; Qum, 2005)

“Contemporary Era in Nietzsche and Heidegger’s Thought,” Invited for presentation at International Congress on Philosophy (Moscow: Moscow University, 2005). Also, this paper accepted for presentation at The 2th International Conference on Philosophy (Greece: Athens Institute for Education and Research, 2007)

“Kant from Nietzsche’s Perspective,” in International Conference titled 200 Years After Kant, (Allameh Tabatabaee University: Tehran, Nov, 20 2004)

“Contemporary Era, Martyr Suhrawardi and Deranged Nietzsche,” presented in The Teachings and Doctrines of Suhrawardi Conference, (Tehran University: 2004)

“Mawlana and the Grounds of Human Rights,” presented at The Second International Conference on Human Rights (Mufid University; Qum: 2003)

“Mawlana and Modern Human,” presented at The Teachings and Doctrines of Mawlana Conference, (Tehran University: 2003).

 

Supervised research
  • Supervised Master’s dissertations:
  • “The Role of Reason to Rationalize both Democracy and Religion”;
  • The Meaning of Islamic Philosophy from Sharif and Shaikh Perspectives”;
  • “The Symbolism of Religious Language from Rumi and Paul Tillich Viewpoints”;
  • “The Role of Islamic Beliefs in Making Life Meaningful”;
  • “A Comparative Approach to Abu Zaid Balkhi, Abu al-Qasim kaabi and Abu al-Mansur Maturid’s Philosophical and Theological View Points”.
  • Advised Master’s dissertations:
  • “The Comparison Between Aqa Khaniya and Mustaleya (Ismaeliya Sects of Islam)”;
  • “The Anthropological Foundations of Human Rights Declaration and Al-mizan Exegesis (of Holy Quran)”;
  • “A Comparative Study on Relation between Mind and Body in Mulla Sadra and Leibnitz Viewpoint”;
  • “The Relation between Religion and Ethics from Mutahari and Sayed Qutb Perspectives”;
  • The Comparative Approach to Government of Philosopher in Plato and Al-Farabi Philosophies”.

 

 

Awards and Honors

– First Prize, graduated Course; Imam Khomeini International University, Qazvin, Iran, 2004.

– First Prize, International Congress on The Dialogue between Religion and Science; the Concept of Life, Human and Health. Tehran, Iran, 2006.

– First Prize, Mashhad Great Seminary, Mashhad, Iran, 2009.

– First Prize, the 12th International Research Festival of Shaikh Tusi, Qum, Iran, 2009.

 

 

Publishing Experience

Director and Editor-in-Chief, Rayeh-e Azadi                                                                          2002 to 2004

Professional advisor board, Nebras research Magazine, Kabul, Afghanistan 2010 to 2012

 

Media Interviews

VOA Radio (Dari Section), “Love in Perspective of Rumi and Bidel” (the second part), in Ghanj-e Shaygan, 05/06/2015

VOA Radio (Dari Section), “Love in Perspective of Rumi and Bidel” (the first part), in Ghanj-e Shaygan, 04/29/2015

Ariana TV (Kabul, Afghanistan), “The Propaganda against the West in Afghanistan”, in After News Show, 02/01/2015

Ariana TV (Kabul, Afghanistan), “The Role of Ulema in the Process of Peacemaking in Afghanistan”, in News, 01/14/2015

BBC Radio (Dari Section), “Humanism and Rationalism in Current Afghanistan”, in The Cultural Discourse, 08/16/2014

VOA Radio (Dari Section), “The Possibility of Political Coordination between USA and Iran in Case of Afghanistan”, in News, 06/18/2014

VOA Radio (Dari Section), “The Presidential Election in Afghanistan and its Religious Background”, in News, 06/14/2014

VOA Radio (Dari Section), “Book Review: the Troubled Intellect” (3), in The Enlightenment, 01/31/2014

VOA Radio (Dari Section), “Book Review: The Troubled Intellect” (2), in The Enlightenment, 01/31/2014 (http://www.darivoa.com/audio/Audio/369154.html)

VOA Radio (Dari Section), “Book Review: the Troubled Intellect” (1), in The Enlightenment, 01/31/2014 (http://www.darivoa.com/audio/Audio/366480.html)

VOA Radio (Dari Section), “Eid in Rumi’s Perspective’ Viewpoint” in Ganj-e Shaayegan, 8/18/2012

VOA Radio (Dari Section), “Ramadan and Fasting in Rumi’s Perspective’ Viewpoint” in Ganj-e Shaayegan, 7/22/2012

VOA Radio (Dari Section), “the Critique of the Etihad-i-Ulema Afghanistan’s Decree” in News Analysis, 07/11/2012 (http://www.voanews.com/dari/news/Ulama-NGOs-Schools-162154925.html)

BBC Radio (Persian Section), “Book Review: An introduction to Contemporary Philosophy” in Radio weekly Magazine, 06/30/2012

VOA Radio (Dari Section), “Series on national Identity” (3), in The Enlightenment, 05/10/2012

VOA Radio (Dari Section), “Series on National Identity” (2), in The Enlightenment, 05/03/2012

VOA Radio (Dari Section), “Series on National Identity” (1), in The Enlightenment, 04/26/2012

VOA TV (Dari Section), “the Affects and Effects of Ashura Day in Kabul, Afghanistan”, in News Analysis, 11/07/2012

Noor TV (Afghani TV broadcasting from CA-USA), more than ten programs about my life, career, ideas, and intellectual achievements in Shows like Chehre-hae Ashina (the well-known figures) and Nida-e Rahmat (the Merciful Voice), 2011-2013

 

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Religion

American Philosophical Association

American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies

Association for Political Theory

International Quranic Studies Association