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Mohammad Javad Shomali


After studying and teaching in the Islamic Seminaries of Iran for nine years, I began my MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies focusing on interfaith relations last year. I have now started my PhD on early Arabic scripts from different collections around the world. During my nine years in the Islamic Seminaries of Iran I studied and later taught Ancient and Modern Arabic, Greek Logic, Theology, Ancient and Western Philosophy, Islamic History, and Islamic Jurisprudence. I have taught and delivered lectures in universities in different countries such as Tanzania, South Africa, Iran and the UK. In order to have direct access to primary sources I have spent a lot of my time learning languages. I read and write in Persian, Arabic, French, and Swahili.

Research Interests

In my MPhil my research focus was on the rights of religious minorities under Islamic Law.

My PhD research focuses on early Arabic scripts.