Modjtaba Sadria

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Modjtaba Sadria
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Modjtaba Sadria
Born March 1949 (age 69)
Tehran, Iran
Alma mater Université du Québec
Era Contemporary philosophy
Main interests
Social philosophy, Cultural Studies, International Relations
Notable ideas
"Knowledge construction", "cities in Muslim societies", "plurality of Modernity", "production and reproduction of poverty"

Modjtaba Sadria (born March 1949) is an Iranian-born philosopher, socio-cultural theorist and international social policy development specialist. Professor Sadria has particular expertise in cross-cultural relations and East Asian studies. He has published over 50 books and articles, including: "Global Civil Society and Ethics: Finding Common Ground"(Tokyo, 2003), "People Who Live on the Edge of the World"(Tokyo, 2002), "Realism: Trap of International Relations"(1994, in Japanese), and "Prayer for Lost Objects: A Non-Weberian Approach to the Birth of Modern Society"(2003, in Persian). He has been the head of Think Tank for Knowledge Excellence since 2009, in Tehran, Iran. He has been scientific consultant in Denmark Nomad Academy, since summer 2011.

Academic career[edit]

Sadria was educated in Germany for International Law, France for Philosophy, History, and Sociology, and Canada for International relations, and Cultural Studies. He has worked for several universities in various countries as a scholar such as the Institute for the Study of Muslism Civilisations, Aga Khan University, Institute of Policy and Cultural Studies, Chuo University, Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo, and Université de Montréal. Sadria has been Professor of Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences in Melbourne, Australia since September 2009.[citation needed]

Social activities[edit]

Sadria organises several intellectual networks around the globe. Notably, he has been the Master Jury in 2004 and Steering Committee in 2007 and 2010 for Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and Senior Associate of Global Reconciliation Network and Director of the Australian Centre for West and Central Asian Studies. He was also an important intellectual for UN Dialogue Among Civilizations, and a member of Kyoto International Culture Forum.[citation needed] As some other primal projects, Sadria is a founder of Study Group on Human Security, CITIES: Big Small Stories of Changes (In Turkish), and Small and large Stories of Change (In German). Furthermore, his vigorous activities can be seen in various other socio-intellectual movements such as Changing Teheran, and Global Cities Research Institute.[citation needed]


Books and edited collections[edit]

Year Title
2014 Sustainability, Life and Culture (in Persian)
2012 A Modern critic to Modernity (in Persian)
2011 Japan: Cooperation and Competition, Knowledge Flow Among Small Enterprises (in Persian) (Tehran: Rozane Kar-Industrial Managers Association)
2011 Homogenization of Representations (London: IB Tauris)
2009 Multiple Modernities in Muslim Societies, Aga Khan Award for Architecture (London: IB Tauris)
2006 Dialogical Views on Today’s World, (in Persian) (Tehran: Digar Publishing)
2004 A Prayer for Lost Objects: A Non-Weberian Approach to the Birth of Modern Society (in Persian) (Tehran: Farhangi Publications)
2001 Conflict in Japanese Society and International Relations (in Persian) (Tehran: IPIS Publication)
1996 Realism: Trap of International Relations [Kenshou Genjitsushugi Kokusaikankei no Otoshiana (in Japanese)] (Tokyo: Chuo University Press)
1989 Ainsi l’Arabie est Devenue Saoudite (Paris: l’Harmatten, 1989)
1985 Les Autres Marxismes Reels (Paris: Christian Bourgeois, 1985)