Ali Shariatmadari

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Ali Shariatmadari
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Minister of Culture and Science
In office
5 February 1979 – 6 October 1979
Prime Minister Mehdi Bazargan
Preceded by Mohammad-Amin Riahi
Succeeded by Hassan Habibi
Personal details
Born 1924 (1924)
Shiraz, Iran
Died 9 January 2017(2017-01-09) (aged 93)
Shiraz, Iran
Political party Party of the Iranian People (1962–1979)
Religion Islam

Ali Shariatmadari (1924 – 9 January 2017) was an Iranian academic and educationist who was Minister of Culture in the interim government of Mehdi Bazargan in 1979. He was President of the Iranian Academy of Sciences from 1990 until 1998. He was also a Professor of Education at the Teacher Training University in Tehran and a member of High Council of the Cultural Revolution from 1982 until his death.

He graduated with a BA in Law from University of Tehran in 1951 and went on to complete his higher education in the United States, gaining an MA in Secondary School Education at the University of Michigan in 1957. His PhD, awarded in 1959 by the University of Tennessee, concerned philosophy of education and curriculum planning.

While an academic at Shiraz University, Shariatmadari spent four months in solitary confinement as a result of supporting a student demonstration against French actions in Algeria during a visit by the Shah to the city.

With the advent of the Islamic revolution in 1979, he was made Minister for Higher Education in Mehdi Bazargan's interim government. Subsequently, he was tasked, together with Mostafa Moein, Ahmad Ahmadi and Abdolkarim Soroush, with training and vetting professors, selecting students, and Islamizing universities and their curricula.[1]

Shariatmadari's numerous publications include works on educational philosophy, education and training in an Islamic context and the role of creativity in learning.

Shariatmadari died on 9 January 2017, aged 93.[2]


  1. ^ Samii, Bill (22 October 2004). "Analysis: Disunited Reformist Front In Iran Seeks Presidential Candidate". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "علی شریعتمداری درگذشت". Fars News Agency (in Persian). 9 January 2017. Retrieved 2017-01-09.