Dr Zoheir Ali Esmail began his Islamic education studying Arabic at the University of Damascus while studying introductory hawza studies at the Hazwa of Imam Kumayni in the Sayyida Zaynab (as) area. He then continued his hawza studies in London and also gained an MA in the Islamic sciences from Middlesex University. He then moved to Iran to pursue his studies at a deeper level gaining an MA in Islamic Mysticism from the hawza of Imam al-Khumayni in Qum and a doctorate from the University of Exeter with the thesis title: Between Philosophy and Irfan: Interpreting Mulla Sadra from the Qajars to Post-Revolutionary Iran. He currently spends most of his time teaching at various institutions and has a private tuition business. His research interests include all aspects of Shīʿī studies, Qurʾānic hermeneutics and mysticism.
Research and Publications
Education, Qualification and Training
Summer 2017 – Logic & Philosophy at the Ḥawza Taster Course in London.
Academic Year 2017-2018 – Comparative Religion & The Philosophy of Religion (Marʿashīya School in Qum, MA level).
Summer 2018 – Philosophy at the Ḥawza Taster Course in London.
Academic Year 2018-2019 – Introduction to Akhlāq & A Commentary of Duʾāʿ al-bahāʾ (al-Muṣṭafā Online University, All levels).
Summer 2019 – Jurisprudence & the Principles of Jurisprudence at the Ḥawza Taster Course in London.
Academic Year 2019-2020 – An Introduction to ʿIrfān (taught in Arabic) (al-Muṣṭafā Online University, BA level); Contemporary Philosophical and Theological Issues I & II (The School of Occidental and Islamic Studies (SOIS) in Qum MA level); Contemporary Issues and Tablīgh (Jamiʿ al-Zahrāʾ in Qum, All levels)
Academic Year 2020-2021 – Research Methods (SOIS, MA level), Islamic Philosophy (ICAS BA Year 1 and Year 2), Philosophy 1 (Obudiyyat, Ḥawza), Bidayat al-ḥikmah (Ḥawza), Contemporary Thought (ICAS BA and Ḥawza).
Academic Year 2021-2022 – Islamic Philosophy (ICAS, MA), Bidayat al-ḥikmah (Ḥawza), Logic (Ḥawza), Logic Additional Topics (Ḥawza), Contemporary Thought (Ḥawza), Nihayat al-Ḥikmah (Advanced Ḥawza), Kashf al-Murad (Advanced Ḥawza)
Academic Year 2022-2023: An Introduction to Islamic Philosophy (ICAS, BA) Islamic Philosophy (Obudiyyat, Ḥawza), Logic (Ḥawza), Nihayat al-Ḥikmah (Advanced Ḥawza), Kashf al-Murad (Advanced Ḥawza), Transcendental Philosophy (ICAS, Postgraduate Certificate), Islam and Human Rights (ICAS, MA). I also supervised an MA thesis at ICAS with the title: “Reframing Mental Health Struggles as a Journey for the Development of a Spiritual Personality: An Islamic Theological and Psychological Perspective.”