Mehdi Aminrazavi, Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Co-Director of the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies, earned a Ph.D. (1989) in philosophy of religion from Temple University, after receiving an M.A. (1981) in philosophy and a B.A. (1979) in urban planning from the University of Washington.
A native of Iran, Dr. Aminrazavi has been published in both Persian and English and translated from Persian and Arabic into English. He has received a number of awards in the United States and internationally, and is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Philosophical Association, and the Middle Eastern Society of America.
A member of the editorial board of the Journal of Religious Studies (Cambridge, England), he is the author and editor of numerous books and articles, among which are The Islamic Intellectual Tradition in Persia (1996), Philosophy, Religion and the Question of Intolerance (1997), Suhrawardi and the School of Illumination (1997), The Wine of Wisdom (2005), and Islamic Philosophy & Theology: An Online Textbook for Colleges (2010).
Also, he is co-editor of the five-volume set, An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia, including Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3. In 2010, the anthology was recognized as one of the superior books in the field of humanities at the 23rd annual Tehran International Book Fair.