Dr. Mohammad Mahdi Mojahedi
Tehran Mofid University
Azad University Graduate School for Political Science
Visiting Research Fellow (2016)
Dr. Mohammad M. Mojahedi is currently Visiting Professor of Comparative Political Theory at Freie Universität Berlin. He is a political theorist and faculty member of Azad Graduate School (SRBIAU), Tehran, and Mofid University, Qom. Over the past few years he has been visiting several European Universities including University of Amsterdam, University of Cambridge, and Leiden University, and a research fellow at several European Institutes for advanced studies including the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (EURIAS Fellowship), Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW Visiting Fellow), Workgroup Islam and Modernity at the Wissenshaftskolleg zu Berlin (postdoctoral fellow) and University of Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. At Mofid University and SRBIAU, his home institutes in Iran, he has been teaching several under- and postgraduate courses including comparative political theory and methodology. As a visiting professor at the FU Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, he has also designed and offered an MA seminar entitled "Islam, Islamism, post-Islamism, and the Question of Political Violence."
In addition to editing a book volume on political violence beyond the secular/religious divide, he has recently introduced the notion of “The Poverty of Culturalism” as a theoretical device to criticise the varied discourses of (and on) Islamism and post-Islamism particularly in the context of political violence.
Visiting Fellow August 2016 - December 2016
"The Politics of the Recognition and De-/Legitimization of Violence in Shiite Legal System in Iran from the Safavid Period to the Post-Revolutionary Era."