Mohammad Ali Shomali

lecturer and the head of dept

Mohammad Ali Shomali is a lecturer and the head of dept. of Religions at the Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute in Qum. He is very interested in interreligious dialogue and has attended conferences in UK, Canada, USA, Poland, Sweden, Ghana, Philippines, Georgia, Italy, Austria, Kazakhstan, Tanzania, etc.


1989-1993 B.A. in Western Philosophy
Tehran University, Iran
1994-1996 M.A. in Western Philosophy
Tehran University, Iran
1997-2001 PhD in Moral Philosophy
The University of Manchester, England


– Co-translator of After Virtue by Alsdair MacIntyre (in process)
– Principles of Jurisprudence (Sazeman-e Madares, 2006)
– A Selection of Ethical Texts (Payam-e Nur University, 2006)
– Discovering Shi‘i Islam (Jami‘at al-Zahra, Sixth Reprint, 2006)
This book has been translated from English into German, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Persian, Swedish, Farsi, Turkish, Urdu, Albanian and French.
– Co-editor of Reason & Faith in Theory & Practice (Milesland, 2006).
– Self-knowledge (International Publishing Co., 1996, 2nd Edition 2006)
-“Revelation as Understood by Muslims’’ in Biblioteka EKUMENII (2005)
– Co-editor of Catholics and Shi‘a in Dialogue: Studies in Theology and Spirituality (Milesland, 2004). He also has two papers in the following two books:
“Mary, Jesus and Christianity: An Islamic Perspective” and “Value of Life in Islam”.
– Shi‘i Islam: Origins, Faith & Practices (ICAS, 2004). This book has been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Turkish & Swedish.

-Ethical relativism: An Analysis of the Foundation of Morality (ICAS, 2001)
– Co-author of An Introduction to Religious Faith (Ma‘aref, 1998).
– “Self-knowledge” in Tehran Times (Winter & Spring 1995, 49 installments).
-“Perspective on Islamic Schools of Thought” 1. To 10. in Tehran Times (1995)
-Book Review: in Ma’rifat, No. 10, 11, 13 – 16
in Name-ye Farhang (Spring, 1995)
-(with Harry Lesser) “Can we See God”, under consideration by Islamic & Jewish Studies Yearbook, Oxford.
– “Reason, Faith & Authority’’ in Faith & Reason