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Dr Saeid Sobhani

Dr Saeid Sobhani

Saeid Sobhani
Programme Title
Professor of Philosophy
Islamic Philosophy Department of Philosophy
Programme Title
Philosophy of Religion
Email Address
Phone Number
020 8451 9993


Dr Saeid Sobhani is a Shi’i scholar specialising in the main fields of the classical Islamic disciplines including theology, philosophy, jurisprudence, principles of jurisprudence, exegesis of the Qur’an, history, biographical studies, and fundamentals of belief, on each of which he has authored a number of books and articles. Sobhani has studied under many grand scholars including Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli, Ayatollah Mirza Jawad Tabrizi, and Ayatollah Ja‘far Sobhani. His publications include Nayl al-Watar min Qa‘idat la Darar (The Jurisprudential Maxim of No Harm, 1999) and Jahan-bini va Shenakht (Epistemology, 1988).

Research and Publications



Diversity of Religions in the Eyes of Ayatollah Javadi and Professor Ayoub

Epistemology, Imam Sadiq Institute

The Maxim of no Harm (Niyl al-Watar fi al-Qaʿidah la Darar), Imam Sadiq Institute

Predestination and Free will (Lubb al-Athar fi al-Jabr wa al-Qadar), Imam Sadiq Institute



The Finality of Prophet Mohammad.


A comparative study of Christology and Trinity in Christianity and Islam.

Prophet Mohammad and his miracles; A critical essay of Ali Dashti’s view.

Religious Pluralism (A Critique of an Article in Defense of Religious Pluralism)

Doctrines of ʿAshura

Comprehensive and universal law and repeal of previous laws

Which of the two interpretations are correct? «کتاب الله و عترتی أهل بیتی» or «کتاب الله و سنتی»

Sayyid Qutb and the status of Intellect (aql)

Religious Exclusivism and its Outcomes

Towards a theology of religions(book review)

Mawdudi on the idea of Islamic Legislation

Islam and Pluralism ‘A Critical Essay of Mahmut Aydin’s View’

Excuse Me, but What’s the Question? Isn’t Religious Diversity Normal? (Article review)

Faith Communities and Local Government in Glasgow (article review)

Religious Pluralism: A Challenge for Muslims—A Theological Evaluation (article review)

Presuppositions of Religious Dialogue (article review)

Religion and Belief (article review)

Education, Qualification and Training

PhD, Philosophy of Religion, University of Edinburgh


MA, Inter-Faith Relations, University of Glasgow, 2006 – 2009


Post-Doctoral level Course (Kharij), Seminary of Qum, 1991 – 2002

I attended the post-doctoral level course (Kharij) taught by the great Ayatullah Ja’far Sobhani and Ayatollah Tabrizi.


Advanced Philosophy and Theology, Imam Sadiq Institute, Qum, 1991-1995

Key modules: Philosophy, Theology, Hermeneutics, Logic


Advanced Tafsir, Ayatollah Javadi Amuli, 1988-1994


BA, Islamic Studies, Seminary of Qum, 1983 – 1991

Key modules: Arabic literature, logic, Islamic philosophy, Quranic sciences, interpretation of the Quran, the Theological Schools of Thought (Milal va Nihal), the science of narrators and narrations(ʾIlm al-Rijal and  al-Diruayah), Theology, Islamic Jurisprudence(Fiqh) and the Principles of the science of jurisprudence (ʾIlm Usul al-Fiqh)

Supervisors: Ayatollahs: Mudarris Afqani, Vijdani Fakhr, Iʿtimadi, Payani, Rabbani Gulpayigani.


Teaching/Work Experiences

Lecturer, the Islamic College, London, currently

Lecturer, Hawza of England, London, currently

Director, Hawza of Scotland, 2015-2019

Director, al-Mahdi Islamic Institute, Glasgow, 2002-2019

Lecturer, Hawza of Imam Sadiq, Qum, 1991-2002

Lecturer, University of Qum

Visiting lecturer, Azad University of Marvdasht (Shiraz)

Islamic Jurisprudence, Theological School, (Seminary of Qum), 1996-2002

Minster of Religion, Theological School, Qum, 1987-2002

Lecturer, Theological School, (Seminary of Qom), 1989-1996


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Field of Interests

Philosophy, Theology, Philosophy of Religion, Jurisprudence (Fiqh), the Principles of jurisprudence (ʾIlm Usul al-Fiqh), the science of narrators and narrations, Islamic


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