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  Iranian and Islamic Studies, Director of Iranian Studies
  UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

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    A Brief Bio.

   List of commonly Taught Courses

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     A Brief Bio.

    Hossein Ziai, Tenured Full Professor of Islamic and Iranian Studies, and Director of Iranian Studies at UCLA, where he has taught since 1988. He received his B.S. in 1967 in Mathematics & Physics from Yale University, and his Ph.D. in Islamic Philosophy from Harvard University in 1976. Prior to his position at UCLA, Ziai has taught at Tehran University, Sharif University, Harvard University, Brown University, and Oberlin College.  

   Dr. Ziai has published several volumes and numerous articles on Islamic philosophy, especially the Iranian/Islamic Illuminationist tradition. His books include: (1) Philosophy of Mathematics (in Persian); (2) Anvariyya (The Realm of Lights); (3) Knowledge and Illumination; (4) Shahrazur's Commentary on Hikmat al-Ishraq; (5) The Book of Radiance; (6) The Philosophy of Illumination; (7) The Ball and Polo Stick, or the Book of Ecstasy; (8) Ibn Kammuna's Text on Illuminationist Physics. He has also contributed many chapters to edited volumes including: "Beyond Philosophy" in Myth and Philosophy, edited by Frank Reynolds and David Tracy. "The Source and Nature of Authority" in The Political Aspects of Islamic Philosophy, edited by Charles Butterworth; and three chapters in The Routledge History of Islamic Philosophy, edited by Seyyed Hossein Nasr and Oliver Leaman. He is also the author of numerous articles on Islamic philosophy and on Iranian/Islamic intellectual traditions. Ziai has offered numerous papers at national and international conferences.

    List of commonly Taught Courses

Iranian 103A: Introduction to Classical Poetry, Prosody, Metrics, and the Poetic Arts.

Iranian 103B: Introduction to Classical Persian Prose and its Typology.

Iranian 103C: Contemporary Persian Prose and Poetry

Iranian 104: Philosophical Texts: Farabi, Avicenna, Sohravardi, Shirazi, and others.

Iranian 140: Topics in Classical Persian Poetry. Selections vary from year-to-year and include Hafez, Rumi, Sa'di, Nezami, and others.

Iranian 141: Introduction to Analytical Persian Prose. Selections Vary from year-to-year and include: Siyasat Nameh; Partow Nameh; Safar Nameh; Kitab-e Insan-e Kamel; Jame' al-Hikmatayn, and others.

Iranian 142: Persian Ethics: (detailed syllabus listed on the class site).

Iranian 220 A&B: Topics vary and include Hafez, Rumi, and Sa'di

Iranian 250: Topics vary and include selections from philosophical and mystical texts.

     Contact Information:

Iranian and Islamic Studies, Director of Iranian Studies
UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Office: 376 Kinsey Hall; 405 Hilgard Ave.; Los Angeles, CA 90095-1511
Tel: (310)206-1382 & (310)825-4165

FAX: (310)206-6456