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Associate Professor Sajjad Rizvi



with Keeler ARFOAAMESA, Rizvi APOIIHADOTIOAAISSH, The Spirit and the Letter Approaches to the Esoteric Interpretation of the Qur'an, Oxford University Press, USA, 2016.

Mulla Sadra and Metaphysics: Modulation of Being, London/Abingdon, Routledge, 2009.

with Hamza F, Understanding the Word of God: An Anthology of Quranic Commentaries, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

with S Rizvi, F Hamza, An Anthology of Qur'anic Commentaries Volume 1: On the Nature of the Divine, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2008.

Mulla Sadra Shirazi: His Life and Works and the Sources for Safavid Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2007.

Journal articles

Philosophy as a way of life in the world of Islam: Applying Hadot to the study of Mullā adrā Shīrāzī (d. 1635), Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, vol. 75, no. 1, 2012, 33-45

Shi'ism in Bahrain: Marja'iyya and politics, Orient, vol. 50, no. 3, 2009, 16-24

An Islamic Subversion of the existence-essence distinction? Suhrawardi's visionary hierarchy of lights, Asian Philosophy, vol. 9, no. 3, 1999, 219-227


The Political Theology of Sayyid Jafar Kashfi, in Esoterisme Shi'ite, Ses Racines Et Ses Prolongements, Bibliotheque de L'Ecole Des Ha, 2016

with Keeler A, Introduction, in The Spirit and the Letter Approaches to the Esoteric Interpretation of the Qur'an, Oxford University Press, USA, 2016

The takfīr of the Philosophers (and Sufis) in Safavid Iran, in Schmidtke S, Ansari H, Adang C (eds) Accusations of Unbelief in Islam: A Diachronic Perspective on takfīr, Leiden: Brill, 2015, 244-272

Between Hegel and Rumi: Iqbal's Contrapuntal Encounters with the Islamic Philosophical traditions, in Hillier HC, Koshul B (eds) Muhammad Iqbal: Essays on the Reconstruction of Religious Thought,, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015, 112-141

A Muslim's perspective on the good death, resurrection and the afterlife, in marshall D (eds) Death, Resurrection, and Human Destiny: Muslim and Christian Perspectives, Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2014, 99-109

Oneself as the Saved Other? The Ethics and Soteriology of Difference in Two Muslim Thinkers, in Between Heaven and Hell: Islam, Salvation, and the Fate of Others, , 2013

Mulla Hadi Sabzavari and the school of Mulla Sadra, in Mervin S, Hermann D (eds) Shi'ism in Modern Times (1800-1925), Beirut/Frankfurt: Deutsches Orientinstitut, 2010

Mīr Dāmād and the Debate on ḥudūṯ-i dahrī in India, in Hermann D, Speziale F (eds) Etudes philosophiques et scientifiques dans le monde irano-indien, Berlin/Beirut: Orient-Institut Beirut, 2010, 449-474

Communicating Pure Consciousness Events: Using Izutsu to address a problem in the Philosophy of Mysticism, in Thoha AM (eds) Japanese Contribution to Islamic Studies: The Legacy of Toshihiko Izutsu Interpreted, Kuala Lumpur: International Islamic University Malaysia Press, 2010, 157-170

with O Leaman, The Developed Kalam tradition, in Winter TJ (eds) The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008, 77-96

(Neo)Platonism Revived in the Light of the Imams: Qadi Sa'id Qummi and his reception of the Theologia Aristotelis , in Adamson P (eds) Classical Arabic Philosophy: Sources and Reception, Thw Warburgh Institute, 2007, 176-207

Mysticism and philosophy: Ibn Arabi and Mulla Sadra, in Taylor RC, Adamson P (eds) The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005, 224-246

Au-dela du miroir: Mulla Sadra's pedagogical epistemology, in Smet D, Sebti D, M (eds) Miroir et savoir. La transmission d'un theme platonicien des Alexandrins a la philosophie arabo-musulmane, Leuven: Peeters, 251-271

Ibn 'Arabi, in Rippin A (eds) The Islamic World, New York: Routledge, 366-373


Only the Imam knows bestThe Maktab-e Tafkīk's attack on the legitimacy of philosophy in Iran, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, vol. 22, no. 3-4, 2012, 487-503

Mīr Dāmad in India: Islamic philosophical traditions and the problem of creation, Journal of the American Oriental Society, vol. 131, no. 1, 2011, 9-23

Mullā Scombining dot belowadrā and causation: Rethinking a problem in later Islamic philosophy, Philosophy East and West, vol. 55, no. 4, 2005, 570-583


authority in absence? Shii politics of Salvation, Studies in Christian Ethics, vol. 29, SAGE Publications, 2016, 294-212

Authority, Governance, Legitimacy, Representation: Some Thoughts from the Muslim Margins, Studies in Christian Ethics, vol. 29, no. 2, 2016, 146-157

Establishing the Principles of Faith for a New Shiʿi Polity: The Theology of Sayyid Dildār ʿAlī Naṣīrābādī, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland, vol. 24, no. 3, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 363-380

Mir Damad in India: Islamic Philosophical Traditions and the Problem of Creation, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, vol. 131, no. 1, 2011, 9-23

Political Mobilization and the Shi'i Establishment, International Affairs, vol. 86, no. 6, Chatham House, 2010, 1299-1313

Reality and Realities: Mulla Sadra Shirazi and structure of reality., JOURNAL OF ISLAMIC STUDIES, vol. 21, no. 1, 2010, 119-122

The Other Shiites: From the Mediterranean to Central Asia, JOURNAL OF ISLAMIC STUDIES, vol. 21, no. 1, 2010, 122-124

Sayyid Ni'matullah al-Jaza'iri and his Anthologies: Anti-Sufism, Shi'ism and Jokes in the Safavid World, Die Welt des Islams, vol. 50, no. 2, Brill, 2010, 224-242

Classical Arabic Philosophy: An Anthology of Sources, SPECULUM-A JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL STUDIES, vol. 84, no. 1, 2009, 188-189

Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, vol. 127, no. 4, 2007, 536-538

Between Time and Eternity: Mir Damad on God's creative agency, Journal of Islamic Studies, vol. 17, no. 2, 2006, 158-176

Time and Creation in Some Safavid Philosophies, Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia, vol. 62, no. 2, 2006, 713-737

Towards a Typology of Philosophical Inquiry in the Ithna 'Ashariyy Tradition, International Journal of Shi'i Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, 2006, 189-206

The existential breath of al-rahman and the munificent agency of al-rahim: the Tafsir Surat al-Fatiha of Jami and the School of Ibn 'Arabi', Journal of Qur'anic Studies, vol. 8, no. 1, 2006, 58-87

Mulla Sadra and causation: Rethinking a problem in later Islamic philosophy, PHILOS EAST WEST, vol. 55, no. 4, 2005, 570-+

A treatise attributed to Shaykh Muhyi al-Din on the Ultimate Reality, Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society, vol. 25, 2004, 1-24

A primordial e pluribus unum: exegeses on Q.2:213 and modern Muslim discourses on religious pluralism, Journal of Quranic Studies, vol. 6, no. 1, 2004, 21-42

The Soteriology of Wilaya: early tashayyu' and Mulla Sadra, International Journal of Shi'i Studies, vol. 1, 2003, 157-176

Reconsidering the life of Mulla Sadra Shirazi: notes towards an intellectual biography, Iran: Journal of the British Institute of Persian Studies, vol. 40, 2002, 181-202

Ḥikmah mutaʿāliyah in Qajar Iran: Locating the Life and Work of Mullā Hādī Sabzavārī (d. 1289/1873), Iranian Studies, vol. 43, Taylor and Francis

Authority in Absence? Shiʿi Politics of Salvation from the Classical Period to Modern Republicanism, Studies in Christian Ethics, vol. 29, SAGE Publications (UK and US)