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Sayed Ammar Nakhjavani

Faculty Associate/Imam Ali Chair for Shi’a Studies and Dialogue among Islamic Legal Schools


  • Ph.D. Islamic Studies (Exeter University)
  • M.A. Islamic Studies (Islamic College for Advanced Studies)
  • B. Sc. Psychology (University College London)

Areas of Study

  • Islamic History
  • Islamic Law
  • Islamic Theology
  • Shii Studies
  • Quranic Studies


Dr. Nakhjavani currently serves as the Imam Ali Faculty Associate in Shi’a Studies and Dialogue among Islamic Legal Schools at Hartford Seminary. In 2014, Nakhjavani was included in the list of The 500 Most Influential Muslims (also known as The Muslim 500, an annual publication first published in 2009) in the “Preachers and Spiritual Guides” section.

Prior to joining Hartford, Dr. Nakhjavani served as the Visiting Scholar of Islamic Studies, at the University of Cambridge in England. In this position, he performed extensive research and academic analysis of ancient Islamic texts, which he has discussed at a number of academic forums. Dr Nakhjavani is one of the world’s most prolific speakers, and is regularly hosted at forums, events, and conferences around the world. He has appeared on a host of media outlets throughout his academic and professional career. He obtained his MA from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran and his doctorate from the University of Exeter. Nakhjavani completed his MA under the supervision of Jassim Hussain, author of The Occultation of the Twelfth Imam. His Ph.D., Examining the Caliphate of Muawiya b Abi Sufyan, was supervised by Professors Sajjad Rizvi, Rob Gleave and C.E. Bosworth, with a defense involving Prof Robert Hoyland. He has taught courses on Islam and Human Rights, Islam and Pluralism, and Gender Studies through a Quranic Perspective. Among his many publications are: Hujr Ibn Adi: A Victim of Terror (2013), Islam : liberté, égalité, fraternité [Islam : Liberty, Equality, Fraternity] (in French (2013), Ramadan Sermons: A Compilation of Speeches and Lectures (2014), The Fourteen Infallibles: A Compilation of Speeches and Lectures (2014), and The Ten Granted Paradise (2014).

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