IMAM KHOMEINI EDUCATION AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE

HAJJ MUHAMMAD LEGENHAUSEN

legenhausen@yahoo.com

 

EDUCATION

1984      University of Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii

Fellowship awarded for Post-Doctoral Study at the NEH sponsored Institute for Comparative Philosophy, June 23 – August 10.

1983     Rice University Houston, Texas
PhD in Philosophy, (summa cum laude)
Thesis: Matters of Substance, thesis director: Baruch Brody

1979     Rice University Houston, Texas
MA in Philosophy

1974     State University of New York at Albany Albany, New York
B.A. in Philosophy

 

PUBLICATIONS

Books:
Authored
Contemporary Topics of Islamic Thought (Tehran: al-Hoda, 2000); translated into Persian by Mansur Nasiri et al (with some alterations) as Siyahat-e Andisheh dar Sepher-e Din (Qom: Mu’assesseh-ye Amuzeshi va Pazhuheshi Imam Khomeini, 1383/2004); translated into Russian (Moscow: Дизайн Информация Ќартография, 2009).
Islam and Religious Pluralism (London: al-Hoda, 1999)
 Winner of Farabi prize for 2007.
 Farsi translation published by Ta Ha, Qom, 2000.
 Arabic translation published by al-Hoda, Tehran, 2000.
 Indonesian translation published by Lentera, Jakarta, 2002.

 

Edited:
Soul: A Comparative Approach, edited by Christian Kanzian and Muhammad Legenhausen (Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag, 2010).

Proofs for the Existence of God: Contexts—Structures—Relevance, edited by Christian Kanzian and Muhammad Legenhausen (Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press, 2008).
Substance and Attribute: Western and Islamic Traditions in Dialogue, edited by Christian Kanzian and Muhammad Legenhausen (Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag, 2007).
Topoi Vol 26, No 2, (2007), special edition on Contemporary Islamic Philosophy in Iran, guest edited by Muhammad Legenhausen.

 

Translated:

Jesus through the Qur’an and Shi‘ite Narrations (New York: Tahrike Tarsile Qur’an, 2005), selected by Mahdi Muntazir Qa’im, translated by Muhammad Legenhausen. Also published (without the verses of the Qur’an) as, Jesus Through Shi‘ite Narrations (Qom: Anasariyan, 2004), and as Jesus Through Shi‘ite Narrations (Beirut: Ma‘had al-Ma‘afif al-Hakamiyyah, 2004).

 

Decorum for Visiting the Shrine of Imam Riḍā (‘a), Cotranslator with ‘Azim Sarvedalir, Islamic Research Foundation, Astan Qods Razavi, 2003.

 

Philosophical Instructions: An Introduction to Contemporary Islamic Philosophy, by Ayatullah Muhammad Taqi Misbah Yazdi, translated by Muhammad Legenhausen and ‘Azim Sarvdalir (Binghamton: Binghamton University and Brigham Young University, 1999).

 

The Greatest Jihad: Combat with the Self, by Imam Ruhallah Al- Musawi Al Khomeini, with an introduction by Muhammad Legenhausen, translated by Muhammad Legenhausen and ‘Azim Sarvedalir, (Islamic Thought Foundation, 1995).

 

Jihad and Shahadat: Struggle and Martyrdom in Islam, ed. Mehdi Abedi and Gary Legenhausen (Houston: IRIS, 1986)

 

A jug of Love: Ghazals of an ‘Arif Hazrat Imam Khomeini. Assisted by: ‘Azim Sarvedalir. 1994.

 

The Wine of Love: Mystical Poetry of Imam Khomeini, Cotranslator with Dr. Gholam- Reda A’ wani, Introduction and Annotated by Muhammad Legenhausen.International Affairs Department: The Institute for Compilation and Publication of Imam Khomeini’s Works, 2003.

 

Articles:
“A Muslim’s Spirit” in Soul: A Comparative Approach, edited by Christian Kanzian and Muhammad Legenhausen, Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag, 2010, 133-156.
“Spirituality in Shi‘i Islam: An Overview” in On Spirituality, eds. M. Darrol Bryant, Susan Kennel Harrison, A. James Reimer, Kitchener: Pandora Press, 2010.
“William E. Hocking on Religious Experience,” in Majmu‘eh-ye maqalat bargozideh-ye hamayesh-e ‘irfan, tajrobeh-ye dini va goft-e gu-ye adiyan (Anthology of selected articles of the conference on mysticism, religious experience, and religious dialogue), ed. N. Gharavi Na’ini, Tehran: Tarbiyat Modarres, 1388/2009, 147-184.
“On the Plurality of Religious Pluralisms,” International Journal of Hekmat, Vol. 1, Autumn 2009, 5-42.
“A Branched Model for Substantial Motion,” Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies, Vol. II, No. 1, Winter 2009, 53-67.
“The Prophet Muhammad from the Shi‘a Perspective,” in Apostle of God, ed. Mohammad Ali Shomali, London: Institute of Islamic Studies, 2009, 87-138.

“Jesus as Kalimat Allah, the Word of God” in: Mohammad Ali Shomali (Ed.), Word of God. (London: Institute of Islamic Studies, 2009), 129-156.
“The prophet Muhammad from the Shia Perspective”, available in: http:// Islamicsight.com/religion/clergy-corner/the-prophet-muhammad-from-the-shia-perspective.html.(Monday, 09 February 2009.
“A Muslim’s Soul,” Presented in: Qom, Shi’ah and Catholic View of the Soul Conference, March, 2008.
“The Concept of God in Tashyyu’, “ Presented in Munich, 10, Dec, 2008.
“The philosophy of Existence of Mulla Muhsin Fayd Kashani in His Kalimat-e Maknuneh, Presented in:Kashan, Fayd Kashani Conference, Fall, 2008.
“Allamah Tabataba’i’s footnote to Mulla Sadra’s Proof of the Sincere,” In Christian Kanzian and Muhammad Legenhausen (Eds.), Proofs for the Existance of God: Contexts -Structures – Relevance, Innsbruck University Press,P. 31-48, 2008.
“Islam and Just War Theory,” Journal of Religious Thought, Spring, (2008), P.3-34.
“Contemporary Challenges to Religious Ethics”, in: Work Selected by International Conference on Islamic Ethics in the University, University of Ma’aref Islami, 2008, 23- 53.
Guest editor for Topoi, 26:2, Fall, (2007). (With an introduction)
“A Tribute to Colman Barks,” Seraj. Vol. 14. No.29 & 30, Autumn (2007), Winter, (2008), P. 9-25.
“Mechanism and Initiatives to Eliminate Extremism, Terrorism, Criminal Violence and War,” Presented in Malaysia, IKIM, July, 2007.
“Ibn Sina’s Arguments Against God’s Being and Substance,” In Christian Kanzian and Muhammad Legenhausen (Eds.), Substance and Attribute: Western and Islamic Tradition in Dialogue. Publications of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society. New Series,Vol.5, ontos verlag & the Authors, 2 007, P.25-43
“Zad al-Salik (The Provision of the Wayfarer) by Fayd Kashani,” Journal of Shi’ite Studies. Vol.1. No.1, summer, (2006), 68-80.
“Authority from a Shi‘ite perspective” in A Catholic-Shi‘a Engagement: Faith and Reason in Theory and Practice, edited by Anthony O’Mahony, Wulstan Peterburs and Mohammad Ali Shomali (London: Melisende, 2006), 112-130; reprinted in Message of Thaqalayn, Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring 1430/2009, 115-143.

“Refelections on Revelation and Authority among Shi’ites and Mennonites,” The Conrad Grebel Review, Vol.24, No.1, Winter, (2006), P. 32-44.
“A Muslim’s Non-Reductive Religious Pluralism” in: Roger Boase ( Ed.), Islam and Global Dialogue, Religious Pluralism and the Purist of Peace. Published by: Ashgate. 2005, P. 51-73.
“Islam and Religious Pluralism in Iran Today”, Innsbruck. Published Online (2005).
“No More Nonsense: Reason and the Spiritual Journey in the Company of Anselm and Suhrawardi”, In: Shahram Pazouki (Ed.), Sufism, Islam and Iran: The Commemoration of Shahab al- Din Suhrawardi, Haghighat Publications, 2005, p. 1-36.
“Islamic Religious Experience,” Hawzeh va Daneshgah. Vol. 10, spring (2004), P.14-39.
“No to Lack of Sense: Demonstration of God by Anselm& Suhravardi,” May, 23, 2004.
“From an Existentialist to a Muslim,” The Philosophers’ Magazine. No. 27, 3rd quarter ( 2004), P.23-24.
“Principles: An Epistle by Shah Ne’matollah vali: Translation and Comments,” Celebration A Sufi Master: A Collection of Works on the Occasion of the Second International Symposium on Shah Nematollah vali, Sponsored by: University of Leiden, The Netherlands. October (2003), P. 53- 68.
Book Review on: Getting the Last Word In, part One, (by Thomas Nagel, N.Y. Oxford University Press, 1997), Message of Thaqalayn.Vol.8, No.3, spring, (2003), P.135-158.
Book Review on: “Getting the Last Word In”, part Two, (by Thomas Nagel N.Y. Oxford University Press, 1997), Message of Thaqalayn. Vol. 8, summer, (2003), P. 109-150.
“Religion and Human Rights in the Thought of W.E. Hocking,” In the 2nd International Conference on Human Rights, 2003, P. 503-522.
“A Fair Exposition of the Difference between the Truth and Aberration,”
Message of Thaqalayn. Vol. 8. Nos.1 & 2, Autumn & Winter, (2002-3), P. 51-73.
Message of Thaqalayn. Vol. 7. Nos. 1 & 2. Autumn& Winter, (2001-2), P. 125-154.
“Why I Am Not a Traditionalist?” Message of Thaqalayn. Vol.7. No.3, Spring, (2002), P.93-129.
“Three Approaches to Epistemology: Classical, Modern and Contemporary,” Matin, No.4, (2002), P. 175-196.
“Democratic Pluralism in Islam? A Critique” Transcendent Philosophy: An International Journal for Comparative Philosophy and Mysticism, Vol.3, No. 4, Dec., (2002), P. 399-447.
“Certainty and Entailment,” The quarterly Journal of Qom University. Vol. 2. No. 3 & 4, spring & summer, (2001), P. 5-25.
“The Islamic Righting of Human Rights,” Message of Thaqalayn. Vol. 6.No.2, Winter, (2001), P.71-92.
“The Relationship Between Philosophy and Theology in the Postmodern Age,” Message of Thaqalayn. Vol. 6. No. 3 & 4. Spring-Summer, (2001), P. 105- 129.
“Islam vs. Feminism,” Message of Thaqalayn. Vol. 5. No. 3, spring, (2000), P. 87-102.
“Who Can Enter into the Dialogue of Civilization?” Message of Thaqalayn. Vol. 5. No. 4, summer, (2000), P. 99- 116.
“The Gospel of the Shi’ah of Ali (‘a),” Message of Thaqalayn. Vol. 6. No. 1, Autumn, (2000), P. 65- 99.
“’Ilmi Tafsili and ‘Ilmi Ijmali and the Possibility of Believing an Infinite No. of propositions,” Message of Thaqalayn. Vol. 5.Nos. 1 & 2, Spring & Summer, (1999), P. 65-77.
“Contemporary Problems of Christian Theologian in Islamic Thought,” Message of Thaqalayn. Vol. 4, No. 2, Summer. (1998), P. 103-120.
“The Contemporary Revival of the Philosophy of Religion in the United States,” Part eight: “Evil” Al-TAWHID, Vol. XIII .No.1, Spring, (1996), P. 147-1175.
“’Allamah Tabatabaei and Contemporary Philosophy Theology,” Hikmat. Vol. 1. No. 3, Winter, (1996), P. 397- 411.
“Red Light: Warning of Institutional Injustice in Islam,” Hikmat. Vol. 1. No. 4, Spring, (1996), P. 493- 512.
Book Review on: The Ethics of Authenticity, (by Charles Taylor. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995).
“Ontological Proofs in Avicenna, Mulla Sadra and Western Philosophers,” Presented in Mulla Sadra’s Conference, May, 1995.
“The Contemporary Revival of the Philosophy of Religion in the United States,” Part six:” Eternity” Al-TAWHID, Vol. XII. No. 3, January-March, (1995), P. 109-137.
“The Contemporary Revival of the Philosophy of Religion in the United States,” Part seven:” Omnipotence” Al-TAWHID, Vol. XII. No. 4, April- June, (1995), P 153-171.
“Practical Wisdom,” Hikmat. Vol. 1.No.1, Summer, (1995), P. 55-70.
“Islam and Western Theories of Equal Rights,” Hikmat. Vol. 1. No. 2, Autumn, (1995), P. 199-216.
“The Contemporary Revival of the Philosophy of Religion in the United States,” Part two:” Alston’s Weak Foundation list Response to Evidentialism,” Al-TAWHID, Vol. XI, Nos. 1 & 2, July-Dec., (1994), P. 185-231.
“Information Semantics for Validity, Non-Bivalence and Modality,” In Mohammad dabir-Moghaddam (Ed.), Proceedings of the First Conference on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Allame Tabataba’ee University (1994), P. 147-162.
“The Contemporary Revival of the Philosophy of Religion in the United States,” Part Three:” A Cosmological Argument,” Al-TAWHID, Vol. XI, Nos. 3 & 4, January- June, (1994), P.122-150.
“The Contemporary Revival of the Philosophy of Religion in the United States,” Part One: Al-TAWHID, Vol. X, No. 4, April-June, ( 1993), P. 113-136.
“The Contemporary Relevance of the Philosophy of Religion to Islamic and Western Thought,” Mahjubah. No.110-111, July- August, (1993), P. 33-35.
“Selected Paragraphs from the Will of Imam ayatullah sayyid Ruhullah Musawi al-Khomeini to His Son, Sayyid Ahmad,” Mahjubah. No. 110-111. July- August, (1993).
Book Review on: The Principle of Epistemology in Islamic Philosophy: Knowledge by Presence. by Mehdi Ha’iri Yazdi ( Albany: State University of N.Y. Press, 1992).
Al-TAWHID, Vol. XII. No. 3, Jan- March 1995. P. 167-173.
“Moderate Anti-Haecceitism,” Philosophy and phenomenological Research, 39, (1989), P. 625-642.
“Notes Towards an Ash’arites Theodicy,” Religious Study, 24, (1988), P. 257-266.
“Is God a Person?” Religious Studies, 22, (1986), P. 307- 323.
“New Semantics for the Lower Predicate Calculus,” Logique et Analyse, 28, No. 112, (December, 1985), P. 317-339.
“Foundationalism and the Epistemology of Religion”Al-TAWHID, Vol. X, No. 4, P. 118-127.
“The Contemporary Revival of the Philosophy of Religion in the United States,” Part four, Al-TAWHID, Vol. XII, No. 1, p. 129-148.
“The Contemporary Revival of the Philosophy of Religion in the United States,” Part five, Al-TAWHID, Vol. XII. No. 2, p. 121-144.

 

Articles online:
“Islamic Just War Pacifism” A presentation given at the conference Peace, Women, and Divine Religions, Tehran, (26 February 2008).
http://peacethroughunderstanding.blogspot.com/2008/02/islamic-just-war-pacifism.html
http://www.aimislam.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=6067
“Christians Talking with Iranians: An American Muslim’s Perspective” MCC Peace Office Newsletter (2007), http://mcc.org/peace/pon/PON_2007-03.pdf.
“Reflections on Revelation and Authority Among Shi‘ites and Mennonites,” Conrad Grebel Review, (Winter 2006), 32-44.
http://grebel.uwaterloo.ca/cgreviewdocs/cgr-winter-2006.pdf
“A Muslim’s Proposal: Non-Reductive Religious Pluralism” A lecture given at the University of Innsbruck, Theology Faculty, (25 January 2006),
http://www.uibk.ac.at/theol/leseraum/texte/626.html
“The Proof of the Sincere” Journal of Islamic Philosophy, Issue number 1, volume 1, Fall (2003).
“Why I Am Not a Traditionalist” ReligioScope, (2002)
http://www.religioscope.com/pdf/esotrad/legenhausen.pdf
“American Militarism as Seen from Iran” MCC Washington Office Newsletter (2002), http://mcc.org/respub/washmemo/Washington_memo_02_05.pdf.
“Democratic Pluralism in Islam? A Critique” Transcendent Philosophy: An International Journal for Comparative Philosophy and Mysticism, Volume 3. Number 4 . Dec 2002. http://www.iranianstudies.org/philosophy11.htm#Democratic%20Pluralism%20in%20Islam?%20A%20Critique
“The Relationship Between Philosophy and Theology in the Postmodern Age” from Contemporary Topics of Islamic Thought (Tehran: al-Hoda, 2000). http://www.islamic-paths.org/Home/English/Issues/Philosophy/Post_Modern_Age.htm
“The Nurture of the Heart” from Contemporary Topics of Islamic Thought (Tehran: al-Hoda, 2000).
http://www.beliefnet.com/boards/message_list.asp?boardID=55660&discussionID=385043

Review of Peter Byrne’s God and Realism.
Transcendent Philosophy: An International Journal for Comparative Philosophy and Mysticism, Volume 6. Number 1 . Sept 2003.
http://www.iranianstudies.org/Journal/v6n1/v6n1b1.pdf

Review of William C. Chittick’s The Heart of Islamic Philosophy
Transcendent Philosophy: An International Journal for Comparative Philosophy and Mysticism, Volume 4. Number 3 . Sept 2003.
http://www.iranianstudies.org/philosophy14.htm#The%20Heart%20of%20Islamic%20Philosophy

Review and Critique of Alasdair MacIntyre’s Whose Justice? Which Rationality? from Contemporary Topics of Islamic Thought (Tehran: al-Hoda, 2000),
http://www.al-islam.org/al-tawhid/whosejustice/1.htm

Translation of Rêmí’s “Song of the Reed”
http://www.dar-al-masnavi.org/reedsong.html#17.
“Nausea,”29,October, 2008, available in: http:// www.aimislam.com/articles/philosophy.
“The Atheism and Islam,” 29, October, 2008, available in: http:// www.aimislam.com/articles/philosophy.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2010 Institute of Theoretica

Tehran, Iran
Professor of Philosophy l Physics and Mathematics
seminar on normativity, Ph.D. level

 

2010 The International Institute for Islamic Studies
Qom, Iran
Professor of Philosophy
taught Modern Christian Theology, Ph.D. level
taught Peace Studies, Ph.D. level

 

2009 Tarbiyat Modarres University

Qom, Iran
Professor of Philosophy
lectured on Hegel and the History of Analytic Philosophy, Ph.D. level
lectured on Religious Studies, PhD level
2009 Mofid University
Qom, Iran
Professor of Philosophy
taught Critical Thinking in the Philosophy of Religion, M.A. level
taught Reading Texts in the Philosophy of Religion, M.A. level
2009 The International Institute for Islamic Studies
Qom, Iran
Professor of Philosophy
taught Philosophy of Religion, PhD level
taught History of Christianity, PhD level

 

2008 The Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute

Qom, Iran
Professor of Philosophy
taught graduate seminar on political theology, PhD level

 

2008 Tarbiyat Modarres University
Qom, Iran
Professor of Philosophy
taught graduate seminar on German Idealism, PhD level

 

2008 Mofid University
Qom, Iran
Professor of Philosophy
taught Hegel’s Philosophy of Religion, MA level

 

2008 Daneshgah Adiyan (The Religious Studies University)
Qom, Iran
Professor of Philosophy
taught graduate seminar on Political Theology and Philosophy of Religion, MA level

 

2008 Daftar Tablighat (Office of Propagation)
Qom, Iran
Professor of Philosophy
Five Lectures on Contemporary Western Political Philosophy: War and Peace

 

1992-2008 The Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute
Qom, Iran
Associate Professor of Philosophy
taught Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Psychology of Religion, Religious Studies, Christianity, Epistemology, History of Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Logic

 

1994-2008 University of Qom and Tarbiyat Modarres Qom, Iran
Associate Professor of Philosophy
taught Philosophy of Religion, Ancient Philosophy, Graduate Seminar on Gadamer’s Truth and Method, Graduate Seminar on Adams’ Finite and Infinite Goods

 

Spring 2007 Institute for the Study of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics Tehran, Iran
Associate Professor of Philosophy
taught Graduate Seminar on Ethics

 

Fall 2004 Tarbiyat Modarres University Tehran, Iran
Associate Professor of Philosophy
taught Graduate Seminar on Philosophy of Logic

 

1990-1994 The Iranian Academy of Philosopy Tehran, Iran
Associate Professor of Philosophy
taught: Contemporary Philosophy of Religion, Practical Reasoning, Ethics, Epistemology.

 

1979-1989 Texas Southern University Houston, Texas
Lecturer and Associate Professor of Philosophy
taught Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Logic, Symbolic Logic, Ethics, Philosophy of Science, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Religion

 

1979 Rice University Houston, Texas
Lecturer
 taught Metaphysics, undergraduate upper level

 

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Translation and facilitation of international relations for the Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute.
Founding Member: The Centre for Human Rights Studies of Mofid University, Qom.
Founding Member: The Institute of Shi‘ite Studies, Qom, Iran; and editorial board member for the journal Shī‘eh Shenāsī.
Founding Member: The Epistemology Society, the Islamic Seminaries, Qom, Iran.
Consultant and occasional lecturer: The Religious Studies Center, Qom.
Consultant and editorial board member: The Religious Studies Society, The Islamic Seminaries, Qom, Iran
Editorial board member: Hikmat, Vol. 1, Nos. 1-4, 1995-1996.
Editorial board member: Quarterly for Shi‘ite Studies.
Editorial board member: Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies.
Editorial board member. Message of Thaqalayn.
Editorial board member. Maqalat wa Barrasiha (Islamic Phylosophy and Theology), University of Tehran, 2004-7.
Editorial board member. Naghd va Nazar.
Editorial board member, Phalsaphe va Kalam –e- Islami,University of Tehran.2009-2011.
Editorial board member, Association for Islamic thought.

 

LANGUAGES

English, Farsi, reading, speaking
Classical Arabic, experience with translation
German, reading, limited speaking