Aliakbar Rashad

Professor of Philosophy

Office Location

Research Institute for Islamic Culture and Thought

What I think: Aliakbar Rashad

by A. Jalili, Office of Scientific Interactions

Aliakbar Rashad, the Professor of Philosophy at Research Institute for Culture and Thought, has taught at slamic jurisprudence and Islamic philosophy under the supervision of prominent professors of the Tehran and Qom constituencies and has been engaged in researching and teaching philosophy, logic of religion, jurisprudence and principles. He was the founder and chairman of the “Institute for Islamic Culture and Thought” and was the founder and director of Imam Reza (AS) Seminary, and in his political career and executive responsibilities, membership in the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, the head of the seminary of Imam Reza (AS) , A faculty member at the Religious Dialogue Center and the Presidency of the Friendship Association of Iran and Greece.

Aliakbar Rashad, the Professor of Philosophy at Research Institute for Culture and Thought, teaches on topics including jurisprudence and principles, philosophy and mysticism, the philosophy of religion and theology, the interpretation of the Quran, and the logic of religious understanding. (Picture by , Office of Communications)

Professor Ali Akbar Rashad is the founder and chair of IICT, which is considered one of the most prominent non-governmental religious and academic research institutes. The institute is composed of five research centers and five affiliate institutes as well as twenty scientific departments in the fields of philosophy, epistemology, mysticism, Quranic research, philosophy of religion, discourse, logic of Understanding Religion, ethics, jurisprudence, politics, economics, Islamic managementoccidental studies, history and civilization, cultural studies, Islamic revolution, contemplative literature, and so forth.

IICT, having been established with the impetus towards contributing to the contemporary intellectual debates and towards attempts to criticize and theorize in the aforesaid fields and areas in the spring of 1994, and is currently publishing nine different scientific magazines with the following titles, in addition to eight hundred other publications all being the outgrowth of the researches and investigations carried out by its departments: ‘Qabasat’ (specialized in philosophy of religion/ ISI ranking), ‘Zehn’ [the Mind] (specialized in epistemology), ‘Eqtesad-e Eslami’ (Islamic Economics) (ISI ranking), ‘Hoqooq-e Eslami’ (Islamic Law) (ISI ranking), ‘Ketab-e Naqd’ (the Book of Criticism) (on thoughts and thoughts criticism), the International Journal of Philosophy of Religion (in English), ‘Qabasat’ International Journal on Islamic social systems (in Arabic), ‘Zamaneh’ [Era] monthly (specialized in contemporary history and political sociology of Iran), and ‘Hashieh’ [the Gloss] monthly (for seminary students and learned youth).

In the past ten years, IICT has compiled, or has been compiling, four different encyclopedias under professor Rashad’s supervision:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Imam Ali (published in 13 volumes)
  2. The Encyclopedia of Qur’an (six out of twenty five volumes completed)
  3. The Encyclopedia of the Holy Prophet’s Conduct (fifteen volumes; in press).
  4. The Encyclopedia of Fatimah Culture (six volumes).
Ph.D. (-)
the third seminary grade; Qom
MA. (-)
the second seminary grade; Qom, Grand Ayatollah Golpayegani's Islamic Seminary school
BA. (1967 and 1970)
first seminary grade; Tehran and Qom
Semantic analysis of Imamate in the interpretive school of Allameh Tabatabai (2016)
Analysis of the position of unrealistic cognitions in the developmental range of general reason (2016)
Exploratory reflection on what external, real, and subjective theorems are (2015)
Rational analysis and proof of the resurrection of the divine final light in the natural body (2015)
The Legacy of Previous Sharia and the Wise Scholars in the Meaning of Monotheism in the Philosophical Thought of Alam Tabatabai (2014)
The theory of the criterion of cognition is based on the scientific encirclement of the essence of intellectual differences (2014)
All-divine guardianship and esoteric spiritual guidance (2014)
Correspondence with absolute proof as a criterion of knowledge in the philosophical thought of Allameh Tabatabai (2013)
The unity of the true truth of the transcendent in the religious and philosophical thought of Allameh Tabatabai (2012)
Complete collective reason and scientific and practical rationality (2011)
Manifestation of practical practical reason in moral practice (2009)
Challenges in the discussion of evil and Allameh Tabatabai's answers (2009)
Moving in motion from the point of view of Allameh Tabatabai (2009)
Revelation in Allameh Tabatabai's Interpretive Thought (2008)
Nafs al-Amr from the point of view of Allameh Tabatabai (2003)
A) Books
  1. Theological Philosophy (Theology in its Particular Sense in Sabzewari’s Manzumah); Lessons (unpublished)
  2. Expositions of a part of lessons in Islamic Jurisprudence (Jihad), Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei (unpublished)
  3. Expositions of lessons in Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Topic of Words) of Grand Ayatollah Wahid Khorasani (unpublished)
  4. Expositions of lessons in Jurisprudence (Prayer, Guardianship of Jurisprudent, Prohibited Professions) Grand Ayatollah Mojtaba Tehrani (unpublished)
  5. Expositions of lessons in Jurisprudence (Prayer, Guardianship of Jurisprudent, Prohibited Professions) Grand Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri (unpublished)
  6. Expositions of all lessons in Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence of Grand Ayatollah Mojtaba Tehrani (unpublished)
  7. (2009).Allusions. (selected poetry about Imam Khomeini). Compilation.. Institute of Regulation and Publication of Imam Khomeini’s Works
  8. (1993). Spectacle of Beauty (poetry), compilation. ettela’at publications.
  9. (2006) Freedom and Toleration (political thought). 1st ed. Amir Kabir Publications
  10. Seminary; a collection of lectures and dialogues (unpublished)
  11. (1999) Violence and Tolerance, 1st ed. Youth association of Thought.
  12. (2001).Encyclopedia of Imam Ali (Scientific Editor and Editor in Chief). first edition containing 13 Volumes. 4th edition 2008.
  13. Encyclopedia of Fatimah Culture, (Scientific Editor and Editor in Chief) (in press)
  14. Encyclopedia of Holy Quran (Scientific Editor) (unpublished)
  15. Lessons on the Philosophy of Principles; IICT Publications (in press)
  16. Sacred Democracy (Political Thought and Philosophy), 1999 (first edition), IICT Publications. 2nd ed., 2003
  17. (2004).Contemporary Study of Religion (an Appraisal of the Ternary Religious Discourses in Iran); IICT Publications. 2005,2nd ed
  18. (1993).Imam Khomeini’s Collection of Poems (First Part- editor in chief of provision and codification of the appendices; Institute of Regulation and Publication of Imam Khomaini’s Works
  19. (1998).Imam Khomaini’s Collection of Poems, (Introduction, Edition, and Appendices; Orooj publications
  20. (1995).Green Stalks of Personal Prayer (poetry on prayer and worship), editor; et-tela’at Institute
  21. (1986).Traditions Prevailing the History as viewed by the Holy Quran, 1st ed.,
  22. (1990).Threnody 1; Editor in chief and chief of selection, 1190; Institute of Regulation and Publication of Imam Khomaini’sWorks
  23. (1997).Religion of Wisdom (editor) in cooperation with Other; IICT Publications
  24. (1997).Enthusiasm of Illumination (A Collection of Articles in Poetry and
    Literature, Compilation; Hoze Honari Publications. 25. (1996).Intuition and Mania (Reflections on Art), Compilation; Et-tela’at Institute
  25. (2003).Psychology, Journey’s eighth volume (Sadrol-mota’ahelin Mohammad Shirazi); Research, Critical Rectification, and Introduction, 1st ed.; Sadra Institute of Islamic Wisdom
  26. Philosophy of Principles, Ballad; IICT (In press)
  27. (2004).Philosophy of Religion, Compilation; second ed., 2005; IICT Publications
  28. (2000).A Selection of Poems (Selections of Contemporary Iranian Literature Series); Neyestan Publications
  29. (1993).A Selection of Sonnets by Hakim Fayyadh Lahiji (Selection, edition, and introduction) 1st ed; Amir Kabir Institute
  30. (1993).Green Ascent (forty traditions on prayer); selection and translation; Staff for Performance of Prayer Publications
  31. (2009).Sense Devoid Of Sense, 1st ed.; compilation; IICT Publications
  32. (2010).The Logic of Understanding Religion: an Introduction to the methodology for inferring religious propositions and doctrines; Classification; IICT
  33. (1990).Tavern of Love : an interpretation of Imam Khomaini’s Mystical Poems “Sick Eye Collection”, 1st ed.; IICT Publications.
  34. (2010).Ibtina Theory, Compilation; Board of supporting theorizing platforms
  35. A Critique on Religious Pluralism (A Discourse with John Hick); Classification; IICT Publications (in press)
B) Articles
  1. the Freedom of Insult!, Zamaneh No. 41 and 41
  2. Freedom, 2004, Theology Journal, Islamic Azad University.
  3. (2003). The beginning of the Neo-Sadraian Era No.1, 2. Hamshahri Newspaper
  4. Ijtihaad in Religion Studies, Khorasan Newspaper
  5. (2001) Ijtihaadism and the Concept of Readability of Religion. Binehsh Sabz No. 6,7
  6. (2008) Ijtihaadism and the Concept of Readability. Ghabasat No. 49
  7. (2001) Reviving Religion and Reforming Religiosity. Ghabasat No. 22
  8. (2006) Aims and Regulations of Religious and Civic Dialogue. Cultural Relations Monthly
  9. The Necessity of Expanding the Functionality of Functionality in Religion Studies. Hamshahri Newspaper
  10. (2006). The Current Necessities of Religion Studies. Qods Newspaper
  11. (2004). The Current Necessities of Islamic Philosophy. Hamshahri Newspaper
  12. A Critical Study of Fundamentalists’ Research Principles. The book of Criticism
  13. (2002). Religious Pluralism and the Criterion Challenge. Alvahdah Magazine, No. 273
  14. (2001) The Effect of the Islamic Concept of Human on the Political System of Life. Dialogue Journal
  15. Development of Science and Perfection of Knowledge. Jam-e-jam Newspaper
  16. Knowledge Generation and Innovation. Hamshahri Newspaper
  17. (2005). The Status of Religious Culture. Qods Newspaper
  18. (2006). The Religious Status and Responsibility of Media. Qods Newspaper
  19. (2001). Intellectual Trends and Challenges: Functions and Attitude. Pegah Seminary Journal
  20. Hojb-on-noor, the Book of Criticism, No. 35
  21. (2001). Imam Ali Encyclopedia and Ideals. Ghabasat, No 19
  22. (2001) A Fundamental Introduction to the Philosophy of Principles of Jurisprudence. Zehn (the Mind) Journal, No. 43
  23. (2005). On the Elites’ Foundation. Dialogue Journal
  24. An Introduction to the Logic of Understanding Religion, 2003. Ghabasat
  25. (2001). Religion and Democracy. Ghabasat No. 20,21
  26. (2010). The Proximity of Sadraian Method of exegesis to Rationa method and Hermeneutic method in the Second Place. Rayehe Bi-weekly No. 68
  27. (2005). Secularism. Resalat Newspaper
  28. (2004). Investigating Tradition. Law and Jurisprudence, No. 3
  29. (2010). The Hegemony of Metaphor. The Book of Criticism, No. 47
  30. (2009). The Hegemony of Metaphor in the Realm of Historical Identity. Strategy of Culture Journal, No. 2
  31. The Requisite Establishment of Philosophy of Religion, Logic of Inferring Religion, and Philosophy of Religious Wisdom. Ghabasat No. 38
  32. (2002). Reasons for Tendencies toward Secularism. Jam-e-jam Newspaper
  33. (2005). The Sacred End of the Days. Dialogue No. 3
  34. (2004). The Sacred End of the Days. Ghabasat No. 33
  35. (2006). Priority of Cultural Studies over Cultural Engineering. Cultural Engineering Journal
  36. Nature as an Indicant of Religion. Ghabasat No. 36
  37. (2004). Jurisprudence: Challenges, Flows, and Necessities. The Book of Criticism No. 33
  38. (2006). The Philosophy of Correlation. Ghabasat No. 39 and 40
  39. (2004). The Neo-Sadraian Philosophy. Alfarabi
  40. The Philosophies of Correlation (1) and (2). Hamshahri Newspaper
  41. (2010). The Philosophy of Religious Knowledge. Zehn (the Mind) Journal No. 40
  42. (2002). The Philosophy of Viaticum. The Book of Criticism No. 4
  43. (2001). Readability. Ma’refat Journal
  44. The Expanse of the Functionality and Practicality of Reason in Actualization and Clarification of Religion. Jurisprudence No. 8
  45. (2008). The Expanse of the Functionality and Practicality of Reason in Actualization and Clarification of Religion. Al-hekma
  46. (2003). Modernized Dialogue: Accomplishments, detriments, and Challenges. Zamaneh No. 9
  47. (2003). Renewed and Modernized Dialogue. Abrar Newspaper
  48. (2005). Argumentation with John Hick. Ghabasat No. 3
  49. (2001). The Border between Query and Daubt. Porseman
  50. (2008). Sense Devoid of Sense. The Book of Criticism, No. 46
  51. The Yardstick of Religious Science .Zehn No. 33
  52. Justice: Status and Obstacles. Alhoda No. 84
  53. (2005). Justice: Status and Obstacles. Dialogue No. 2
  54. Justice: Status and Obstacles, Dialogue Journal.
  55. (2003). The Obstacles to Criticism and Innovation in the Realm of Religion Studies. The Book of Criticism, No. 26 and 27
  56. (2003). The Obstacles to Criticism and Innovation in the Realm of Religion Studies. Siasat-e-rooz
  57. (2004). The Obstacles to Modern Thinking in Religion Studies. Meshkat
  58. (2005). The Obstacles to Modern Thinking in Religion Studies. Siasat (politics) Newspaper
  59. (2005). The Obstacles to Modern Religious Thinking. Ghabasat 34
  60. (2005). The Obstacles to Modern Thinking and Theorizing. Mardomsalari (democracy) Magazine
  61. (2004). Problems of and Obstacles to Cultural Co-existence. Dialogue No. 1
  62. Rumi and Religious Pluralism. Philosophy and Wisdom, First Year, No. 1
  63. Ibtina Theory. Ghabasat No. 52
  64. The Theory of Construction (Ibtena) of Religious Knowledge on ‘impact-interaction’ of the Five Principles (the Theory of Exploring Dialectic-Dynamical of Religion)
  65. A Critique on Ma’refat’s Theory on Quran’s Hermeneutic Interpretation and Essessnce and Implications. The Book of Criticism No. 35
  66. (2005). A Critique on John Hick’s Pluralism. Jam-e-jam Newspaper
  67. The Role of Religious thinking and Culture in Development, Pajoohesh Index No. 708
  68. (2005). Science Generation Movement. Javan Newspaper 49