Noor Cultural Centre

Noor Chair in Islamic Studies, 2012-2015

Noor Chair in Islamic Studies, 2012-2015:
Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo


Ramin Jahanbegloo is an Iranian-Canadian philosopher. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy, History and Political Science and later his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Sorbonne University. In 1993, he taught at the Academy of Philosophy in Tehran. He has been a researcher at the French Institute for Iranian Studies and a fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.

Ramin Jahanbegloo taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto from 1997-2001. He later served as the head of the Department of Contemporary Studies of the Cultural Research Centre in Tehran and, in 2006-07, was Rajni Kothari Professor of Democracy at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi, India. In April 2006, Dr. Jahanbegloo was arrested in Tehran Airport and charged with preparing a velvet revolution in Iran. He was placed in solitary confinement for four months and released on bail.

Jahanbegloo served as an Associate Professor of Political Science and a Research Fellow in the Centre for Ethics at University of Toronto from 2008 to 2012.  He is presently an Associate Professor of Political Science at York University and an advisory board member of PEN Canada.

In October 2009, Jahanbegloo was named the winner of the Peace Prize from the United Nations Association in Spain for his extensive academic works in promoting dialogue between cultures and his advocacy for non-violence.

Jahanbegloo is the author of over 25 books in English, French, Spanish and Persian. His books include: The Gandhian Moment (Harvard Press 20113)Civil Society and Democracy in Iran (Lexington 2011), Talking Politics (OUP 2010),The Spirit of India (2008),  India Revisited (2007) Elogio de la Diversidad (2007) The Clash of Intolerances (2007), Thinking India (with Ashis Nandy)(2006), Iran: Between Tradition and Modernity (2004), Penser la Nonviolence (1999), Gandhi: Aux Sources de La Nonviolence (1998), Conversations with Isaiah Berlin (1992). He is also the author of many articles in Iranian, Indian, American and French journals. .