Prof. Dr. Mahdi Esfahani

Die Leitung der Stiftung hat Prof. Dr. Mahdi Esfahani inne.



01/10/2016 Berufung zum Assistenzprofessor für  Philosophie  an der Al-Mustafa Universität in Qom, Geschäftsführer der Al-Mustafa Institut (in Deutschland, Berlin)

1/7/2014-30/9/2016: Postdoc and research project: mystical and philosophical fundaments of Islamic ethics in Qur’an, Institute of Comparative Ethics Freie Universität Berlin, supervisor: Prof. Dr. Michael Bongardt.

27/3/2014: Ph.D. of Philosophy from Freie Universität Berlin, magna cum laude,(not published), Title: “Meaningfully Speakingof the Unlimitedness”.

07/01/2010-30/6/2013: Scholarship from Freie Universität Berlin(Elsa Neumann Stipendium)

10.2009:Ph. D. of Philosophy Iranian Institute of Philosophy1, Dissertation was described as Excellent, (Title: How we understand the names of God, a comparative study between pseudo-Dionysius Areopagiteand Ibn al-Arabi)

10.2006-04.2008:Research Stay at the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Figal

1995 – 2006:Study and Research on Islamic Philosophical Mysticism, Djelveh Noor Institute2, Tehran, Focus:1) Islamic mysticism2) Islamic Philosophy

1993 – 2006:Research on Quran Interpretation, FocusMystical Interpretation, Djelveh Noor Institute, Tehran.

2001 – 2004: Master Student of Western Philosophy, Institute of Humanitiesand Cultural Studies3, Tehran, (Average Rate 17.81 from 20.00) (Title: “How We Understand Being in Parmenides and Logos in Heraclitus”)

1993 –2002: Study of Islamic Philosophy, Djelveh Noor Institute, Tehran,  Focus:1) Avicenna, 2) Mulla Sadra

1992 –2001: Study of Industrial Engineering, Technical Amirkabir University of Tehran


Forschungs- und Lehrerfahrungen

So. Se. 2015: Teaching in Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Comparative Ethics, Topic: Nicomachean Ethics from Aristotle to modern Islamic world.

6.2013-Today:research Project:a short Philosophical mystical interpretation of Qur’an, an etymological Dictionary of Qur’anic rootsand a new Translation of Qur’anbased on etymological investigations in German language.

WI.SE.2011: Teaching in FU Berlin, faculty of Philosophy,Topic: Philosophy of Religious Language.

WI. SE.2010: Teaching in FU Berlin, faculty of Philosophy, Topic: Anthropology in Latin and Islamic Context.

WI.SE.2009: Teaching in FU Berlin, faculty of Philosophy, Topic: Original Questions in Philosophy of Religion.

Oct. 2009 –Today:Teaching in Iranian Cultural Center Berlin.

2007– 2008:Researcher: Textbook of Islamic Philosophy, Djelve-Noor Institute (Tehran).

2005 – 2008: Researcher:Interpretive Manual of Islamic mysticism, in Persian and Arabic, Djelve-Noor Institute (Tehran).

2003 –2007: Lecturer: Teaching of the Western and Islamic logic, philosophy, mysticism and Qur’an interpretation, Djelve-Noor Institute (Tehran).

2003 –2006: Teacher: Teaching of Islamic Studies, at high schoollevel(Tehran)

1995 –2006: Teacher: Teaching of Persian literature, athigh school level (Tehran)

1993 –2000: Education and Training Consultant, at high school level (Tehran)


Konferenzen und Veranstaltungen teilgenommen oder organisiert

International Conference of Qur’anic Studies: „Desiderate der aktuellen Koranforschung“ , 17. -19. October 2014 in Berlin, in Cooperation with Freie Universität Berlin and Universität Münster

Conference: “Fachtagung und Podiumsdiskussion „Islam, Islamophobie und Extremismus” , 02.2015 in Berlin

International interreligious Conference: „Religion und Vernunft in Theorie und Praxis, 1. – 3. Mai 2015, Maternushaus Köln

Interreligious Podiumsdiskussion: „Ethik und Kapital“, 5.2014, Berlin

World Day of Philosophy, 2008, Bretten, Baden Württemberg, “Religion and Dialogue of Cultures”.

Conference of the Austrian Society of Philosophy, Vienna, June 2011 “Thinkingabout Boundaries and Self-Knowledge”.

Conference of Heidegger Research Group, Meßkirch, May 2011, “Nature, Art, Technology and Self-Knowledge”.

Making Sense of Pain, interdisciplinary research and publications project, Second Global Conference, Warsaw, May 2011, “Pain as Existential”.

Political Theology Symposium, Agenda 2011, Genève, July 2011, “Religious Language and Transformation of Power”.

Brücken Schlagen, Milestone 2011, Freiburg,Jul.2011, “Mysticism as Bridge”.

Cicero in the early modern period, Melanchthon Academy, Oct.2011, “Mulla Sadra and Stoicism”.

Joint Meeting of the South Carolina Society for Philosophy and the North Carolina Philosophical Society, Elon University, Feb.2012, “Meaningfully Speaking about the Gods (on Cratylus)”.

Religion, Science and Technology in Cultural Contexts: Dynamics of Change, Trondheim, Norway, Mar.2012, “Islam and New Sciences”.

Islamische Mystik in der deutschsprachigen Literatur, Katholische Akademie Schwerte, May 2012, (Invited Speaker), „Einführung in die Philosophie Ibn Arabis“.

XXII World Congress of Political Science, Madrid,July 2012, “Toahid and Reshaping of Political Power”.

‘Mercy’ Theology, Conference on Islamic Theology, Munster,Aug.2012, (Invited Speaker), “The Mercy of God and His Other Names and Attributes”.

Rometaphysics, fifth world conference,Rome,Nov.2012, “Mystical Anthropology of Ibn-Arabi and its Metaphysical Consequences”.

Gewaltlosigkeit im Islam, Evangelische Akademie im Rheinland, Bonn,Nov.2012, (Invited Speaker), „Vom Walten, Gewalt und Gewaltlosigkeit im Islam“.

„Mystik -zwischen Theologie und Lebenserfahrung“, in der Katholischen Hochschule für Sozialwesen, Berlin, Oct.2013, (Invited Speaker), „Mysticism as Bound between Theology and Everyday Life, an Islamic Example”.

Conference of Heidegger Research Group, Meßkirch, May 2014, “Destiny, Language and Freedom”.

Workshop: Zeitgenössische Philosophie in der Islamischen Welt, Bern, Sep. 2014,“Meaningfully Speaking of The Unlimitedness”.

Faculty speech in Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Nov. 2014,(Invited Speaker), „Phänomenologie des Traumes“.



Book: Translation of ‘Pseudo-Dionysius: A Commentary on the Texts and an Introduction to Their Influence’by Paul Rorem, Oxford Univ. Press, from English to Farsi, under publication by University of Religions and Denominations (Qom-Iran).

Paper: Über ḥaqīqī  und i‛tibārī in islamischen Philosophie, Übersetzung und Kommentar zu der „Abhandlung über die Vollkommenheit“ von Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husain Tabatabai, Teil 1. Spektrum Iran, 1, 26. Jahrgang 2013.

Paper: Die Sprache von i‛tibār in islamischen Philosophie, Übersetzung und Kommentar zu der „Abhandlung über die Vollkommenheit“ von Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husain Tabatabai, Teil 2. Spektrum Iran, 2, 27. Jahrgang 2013.

Paper: Über das Diesseits und das Jenseits –Übersetzung und Kommentar zu der „Abhandlung über die Voll­kommenheit“ von Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husain Tabatabai, Spektrum Iran, Nr.4-2013.