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.
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
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