The Role of Fiqh in Islam

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus

Dr. Mohsen Kadivar, professor at the Iranian Institute of Philosophy in Tehran and visiting professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, is a distinguished and internationally known theologian and intellectual in contemporary Iran. He obtained the certificate of Ijtihad (Islamic legal judgment) from grand Ayatollah H.A. Montazeri at Qom Seminary in 1997 and his Ph.D. in Islamic Philosophy and Theology from Tarbiat Modarres University in Tehran in 1999. He taught at Qom Seminary for 15 years and at Mufid University in Qom, Imam Sadiq, Beheshti and Tarbiat Modarres Universities in Tehran for 17 years. Kadivar has penned 13 books (in Persian and Arabic) and over 50 articles in Islamic Studies (philosophy, theology, jurisprudence and political thought). Among his best known books are Theories of Government in Shi'i Fiqh, Government by Guardianship (hokumat-e vela'i), The Political Works of M. K. Khurāsānī, and Haqq al-Nass (Islam and Human Rights). Among his articles in English are The Innovative Political Ideas of M. K. Khurāsānī (2005), Freedom of Religion and Thought in Islam (2006) and Intellectual Islam and Human Rights (2009).