Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad

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Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad
مصطفی محقق داماد
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Mohaghegh Damad
Other namesPersian: مصطفی محقق داماد
Born1945 (age 74–75)
Qom, Iran
ReligionShia Islam (Usuli Twelver)
Other namesPersian: مصطفی محقق داماد
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Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad (Persian: سید مصطفی محقق داماد‎) is an Iranian Shia cleric and scholar.


Mostafa passed his Islamic education in Arabic literature, Quran, Hadith, Islamic philosophy, tloheology, and jurisprudence at the Fayzieh School in the Qom. He achieved the degree of Ijtihad in 1970. Also, he continued his modern academic education in Islamic Philosophy and graduated on 1969 from Tehran University. After that he achieved his Master of Science degree in Islamic Jurisprudence on 1980 from Tehran University. In 1996, he went to University of Louvain (UCLouvain) in Belgium and earned his Ph.D. degree.[1]


As of 1988, he is member of The Academy of Sciences of Iran. Also, he is a professor in Faculty of Law at Shahid Beheshti University from 2007. He reportedly has held such posts in Iran as Chief of the State Inspectorate Organization, head of the Department of Islamic Studies of the Academy of Sciences of Iran, head of Commission of Judicial Bill Collection of Iran, and head of Commission of Compiling Judicial Acts.[2][1][3]

At a September 2005 speech in the United States written up by an Iranian American doctor, he gave his opinions that there are no irreconcilable differences between the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Islamic jurisprudence, that no compulsion is permissible in religion, that apostasy should be punished only if it involves undertaking actions to destabilize the social order, and that "nothing should be forced on the people by the government, not even daily prayers."[3]

In October 2010, Sayed Damad, representing Shia Islam, delivered an address to the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Catholic Bishops. He spoke of “the rapport between Islam and Christianity” as “based upon inspirations and propositions of the holy Quran” and as “founded upon friendship, respect and mutual understanding.” Such rapport is “certainly important for peace in the World.” Damad also expressed his gratitude to Pope Benedict XVI for the Pope's support of “rapport between Christians and Muslims.”[4]

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  1. ^ a b "About the Four Principals and Participants". Washington National Cathedral. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Seyyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad". Berkley Center. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b God without force, A brief encounter with Seyed Doctor Professor, Nizam B. Missaghi, September 16, 2005
  4. ^ “Shia Muslim Address to Synod on the Middle East.”