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Moshiri, Abolfazl

The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations

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Abolfazl Moshiri is Research Coordinator for The Iranian Women Poets Project at the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies. Abolfazl received his PhD from the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto, in 2021. His doctoral dissertation, generously supported for four years through the Ontario Gradate Scholarship, investigated the portrayal of Satan (Iblis) in classical Persian mysticism. His broad research areas include classical Perso-Islamic literature, Iranian Sufism, and the intellectual history of the Persianate world from the 10th to the 16th century. Abolfazl has been involved in several research projects including e-Campus Ontario, for which he developed online interactive modules for various courses in Islamic studies and Muslim civilizations to be offered across universities in Ontario. At the University of Toronto, he has also taught undergraduate courses on classical Persian literature and culture. His forthcoming article entitled “The Ishraqi Path: Toward Systematization of Suhrawardi’s Sufism” offers a new approach in better understanding Suhrawardi’s weltanschauung, which puts a greater emphasis on his mystical inclinations instead of his philosophical viewpoints.