Abdulaziz Sachedina

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Abdulaziz Sachedina
Born1942 (age 81–82)
Alma materAligarh Muslim University (BA)
Ferdowsi University (BA (Hons))
University of Toronto (MA, PhD)

Abdulaziz Sachedina is Professor and International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) Chair in Islamic Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.


He has been a professor since 1975. He annually teaches courses on Classical Islam, Islam in the Modern Age, Islam, Democracy and Human Rights, Islamic Bioethics and Muslim Theology. He was born in Tanzania, his heritage originally is from India. He has an MA/PhD from the University of Toronto and has BA degrees from Aligarh Muslim University in India and Ferdowsi University of Mashad in Iran.[1] He was one of the students of Dr. Ali Shariati in Iran.

In 1997, Grand Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi Golpaygani thanked him for his translation of a book on Imam Mahdi into English, originally written by Ayatollah Ebrahim Amini. The acknowledgement letter was published by the Iranian Hawza magazine.[2]

In 1998, Grand Ayatollah Sistani issued a statement against Sachedina that advised Muslims not to listen to his talks or to ask him questions about religious matters.[3][4] (See original text in Persian[5]).

In addition to his work at the university, Professor Sachedina has been a consultant to the Department of Defense regarding Middle Eastern affairs and was an adviser to those drafting the Constitution of Iraq that was put into effect in 2005.

He speaks Hindi, Urdu, Persian, Arabic, Gujarati, Swahili, and English.[6]


  • The Just Ruler in Shi'ite Islam: The Comprehensive Authority of the Jurist in Imamite Jurisprudence Oxford University Press Inc (USA), 1998, ISBN 0-19-511915-0
  • The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism Oxford University Press Inc (USA), 2000, ISBN 0-19-513991-7
  • The Islamic World: Past and Present John L. Esposito (Editor), Abdulaziz Abdulhussein Sachedina (Editor): Oxford University Press Inc (USA), 2004, ISBN 0-19-516520-9
  • Islamic Biomedical Ethics Oxford University Press (USA), 2009, ISBN 0-19-537850-4
  • Islamic Messianism State Univ of New York Press (USA), 1981, ISBN 0-87395-458-0
  • Human Rights and the Conflict of Cultures co-authored with David Little and John Kelsay: South Carolina Press (USA), 1988, ISBN 0-87249-533-7
  • Prolegomena to the Qur'an" being trans of Abu al-Qasim al-Khui's Al-Bayan Oxford University Press (USA), 1988
  • Recueil de textes du professeur Abdulaziz Sachedina, Editions Publibook (France), 2008, ISBN 978-2-7483-4253-6
  • Islamic messianism: the idea of Mahdī in twelver Shīʻism, State University of New York, 1981, ISBN 0-87395-442-4


  1. ^ "An interview with Abdulaziz Sachedina on His Life and Scholarship". The Levant News. 2017-09-28. Archived from the original on 2021-07-12. Retrieved 2021-04-05.
  2. ^ Howzeh magazine, Spring and Summer 2006, Number 18
  3. ^ The Presentation Submitted to the Marja'.
  4. ^ Abdulaziz Sachedina. "What happened in Najaf?". University of Georgia. Archived from the original on 2011-10-11. Retrieved 2008-02-14.
  5. ^ "Original text" (in Persian). Abdulaziz Sachedina, University of Virginia. Archived from the original on March 17, 2004.
  6. ^ "Abdulaziz Sachedina, Faculty page". University of Virginia. Archived from the original on October 15, 2008.

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