Dr Saeid Eghbal Sobhani


Name Saeid Eghbal Sobhani Position Professor of Philosophy
Department Department of Philosophy Specialties

Philosophy of Religion

Email Address
s.sobhani@islamic-college.ac.uk Phone Number 020 8451 9993

Biography:

Dr Saeid Sobhani is a lecturer in Philosophy and Theology at The Islamic College (London) with more than 30 years of experience in teaching Islamic studies, in particular Theology, Islamic Jurisprudence, the Principles of Jurisprudence, the History of Islamic Schools of Thought and Arabic grammar. Dr Sobhani has graduated with an MA in Inter-faith Relations from the University of Glasgow and holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in Philosophy of Religion. He has 18 years of experience in studying and teaching in the Seminaries of Qum under the supervision of many grand scholars such as Ayatollah Ja’far Sobhani, Ayatollah Javadi Amuli and Ayatollah Tabrizi. As the director of Al-Mahdi Institute in Glasgow, Dr Sobhani played a big role in the Religious Societies of Scotland such as lecturing in religious congregations and conferences. He possesses a proven academic background in philosophy and diverse skills and experiences through studying, researching, teaching and lecturing in a variety of academic and professional environments.

Research and Publications

Researches
1-The Finality of Prophet Mohammad.
This research aims to prove the finality of Prophet Muhammad through the Koran and hadiths. This
study argues some questions such as: why did prophet hood come to an end? How can we put
together the idea of prophetic finality, the unchangeability of Shari’ah and religion’s response to
human being’s changing needs and conditions?
2-Pluralism
This essay tries to find the best way of comprehending and explaining the diversity of religions.
What is the philosophy of diversity of religions? Is there only one true religion? Or are all religions
true in some way or another? Can people reach the truth and salvation through all these religions or
is it obtained by following one of them only? These are some questions which are answered in the
eyes of researcher.
3-A comparative study of Christology and Trinity in Christianity and Islam.
Christianity and Islam are among the greatest and most popular Abrahamic religions. Scholars from
both traditions have tried to understand and explain the other tradition in terms of their own
theological thinking. Among the most controversial points are Christological debates, which
involve understanding of the nature of Jesus Christ, especially with regards to His relationship to
God and the unity of God. This essay aims comparatively to discuss the different representations of
Christ in Christianity and Islam especially with regard to the ideas of divine unity and Trinity.
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4-The Prophet Mohammad and his miracles; A critical essay of Ali Dashti’s view.
In the eyes of Muslims, the Koran is the eternal miracle of the prophet Muhammad. But a question
may be raised as to whether the prophet’s miracle was limited to the Koran or whether he produced
other miracles. Ali Dashti (d.1982) believes that the Muslims would find no report of a miracle [by
the Prophet] in the Koran. He added that whenever the Prophet was asked to perform a miracle, he
either was silent or said that he would not perform because he was a human being like others. The
burden of this essay will be an argument against such claim. According to some Koranic verses and
genuine narrations, the Prophet Muhammad had his own miracles including, but not limited to, the
Koran.

Publications
Books
1- Sobhani, Saeid. 1997. Epistemology . Qom: Imam Sadeq Institute
2- Sobhani, Saeid. 1999. The principle of no Harm (Quedheh La Zarar) . Qom: Imam Sadeq
Institute
Edition
Sobhani, Saeid. 1998. Predestination and Free will. Qom: Imam Sadeq Institute

Education, Qualification and Training

Education
2006 – 2009 MA, Inter-faith Relation, University of Glasgow
Title of dissertation: The Finality of Prophet Muhammad
Key modules:
1- Inter-faith Relations
2- Approach to Religious Pluralism
3- 1slamic Intellectual Tradition
1992 – 2002 Post-doctoral level course (Kharej), Theological School (Seminary of Qom)
I attended the post-doctoral level course (Kharej) taught by the great Ayatullah Jaf’far Sobhani.
1984 – 1992 BA, Islamic Studies, Theological School (Seminary of Qom)
Key modules: Arabic literature, logic, Islamic philosophy, Koranic sciences, interpretation of the
Koran, heresiography (Melal va Nehal), the knowledge of the identity and reliability of Hadith
transmitters ( Elm Rejul), analysis of Scripture (Elm Deruyeh), Theology, Islamic Jurisprudence
(Feqh) and theoretical jurisprudence (elm Osool)

Teaching

Teaching Experiences
1996-2002 Islamic Jurisprudence, Theological School, (Seminary of Qom)
1989-1996 Arabic Grammar, Theological School, (Seminary of Qom)

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