Mansouri, Mohammad Amin


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Having studied at the Islamic seminary in Ahvaz, Mohammad Amin Mansouri earned degrees in Islamic theology and western philosophy in Iran, followed by a second master’s degree from the University of British Colombia. He joined the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion in 2016 and successfully achieved PhD candidacy in 2019. In addition to his PhD dissertation, he has researched Sayyid Ḥaydar Āmulī (d. 1385 AD), the prominent Shiʿi philosopher, and published two articles:

“The Sea and the Wave: A Preliminary Inquiry into Sayyid Ḥaydar Āmulī’s Ontological Criticism of Ibn al-ʿArabī,” Journal of Muhyi al-Din Ibn Arabi Society 68 (2020): 75–101.

Walāya between Lettrism and Astrology: The Occult Mysticism of Sayyid Ḥaydar Āmulī,” Brill Journal of Sufi Studies (forthcoming).

University of Toronto


Focusing on the idea of spiritual hierarchy, this dissertation explores ʿAzīz-i Nasafī’s eclectic intellectual world to shed light on the thinker’s unique system of thought. The dissertation aims to examine various sources of Nasafī’s thought that a layperson may deem unrelated: from Galenic medicine, Islamic astrology, alchemy, letter symbolism, and ancient Iranian mythology to Ismaili philosophy, messianic temporalities, and the works of Saʿd al-Dīn Ḥammūya, Nasafī’s own master.