Hassan Ansari is a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. Ansari and other members at the Institute work to counterbalance a trend in Western universities to focus on the exclusive study of modern Islam. His research focuses on wide-ranging periods, such as the history and time surrounding the Qajar Dynasty leading up to the constitutional revolution and Shiism. In the “Hawza” in Qom and Tehran, his work focused on the study of philosophy, theology, canon law, and principles of jurisprudence.
Ansari successfully completed the very highest level of study for the rank of Ayatollah, in the Shi’a clerical system. Ansari completed his Ph.D. at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne) in Paris and has been co-authoring books, editions, and articles since.
His publications include (with Sabine Schmidtke) Khulāṣat al-Naẓar; An Anonymous Imāmī-Muʿtazilī Treatise (late 6th/12th or early 7th/13th century) (Tehran 2006) and, together with Wilferd Madelung, a critical edition of Ibn al-Malāḥimī’s Tuḥfat al-mutakallimīn fī l-radd ʿalā l-falāsifa (Tehran 2008).