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Hassan Ansari

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).

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What Dr. Hassan Ansari

“They supported Constitutional Movement, and in Tehran, Seyyed Mohammad Tabataba’i and Seyyed Abdollah Behbahani, who had contact with Najaf, played this, the role of intermediary between Najaf and people on the hand, and the other hand they had this access to their Qajar [contact] to send this message to Shah Qajar.”

“Shaykh Fazlollah Nuri, who was against the Mashruteh, was supported by Seyyed Mohammad Hossein Tabatabi Yazdi who was a very important authority in Najaf. So the relationship between Najaf as a center of Hawza, and Tehran as a capital, where the Shia clergy had a role between the Shah and Atabat is one of the important issues… to understand the constitutional movement.”