Ahmad Mahdavi Damghani
|Intro||Iranian Islamic scholar|
|Birth||4 September 1927, Mashhad, Iran|
Ahmad Mahdavi-Damghani (Persian: احمد مهدوی دامغانی) is an Iranian scholar and university professor.
Born in Mashad, Iran on September 4, 1926, he holds a Ph.D. in Persian literature and a Ph.D. in Islamic Theology from Tehran University where he was a Professor at the School of Literature and at the School of Theology between 1962-1985. He has been teaching at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania since 1987. He teaches Islamic Sciences, Islamic Literature, Advanced Arabic and Persian Sufi texts, and Islamic Philosophy. Dr. Mahdavi Damghani also taught in Spain at Autonomada University of Madrid for three years. In 2016 a collection of essays (Essays in Islamic Philology, History, and Philosophy) with contributions from some of the greatest names in Islamic Studies was dedicated to him as a Festschrift—one of many but the first in the English language. Professor Mahdavi Damghani is perhaps one of the greatest scholars of Arabic and Persian poetry, poetics, philology, logic, and jurisprudence in the 20th century as his many publications are a testament. Professor Damghani's photographic memory is well-cited and heralded in the fields he has touched so deeply—and is a like of which the world rarely comes across cross-referencing French, Persian, and Arabic simultaneously, page numbers and all. The late Wolfhart P. Heinrichs, himself an incontrovertible giant in the field of Arabic philology once commented: "when we have a question we go to the Ustād al-Asātīd (expert for the experts)." His youngest daughter is Dr. Farideh Mahdavi Damghani who is a multi-lingual translator, publisher and lecturer (Order of Merit of the Italian Republic [Commander] in 2006), (Honorary Citizen of the cities of Florence 2004 and Ravenna 2005 - Italy).
He is the author of over 300 articles published in scholarly journals and of several books including:
- Kashf al-Haqa'iq (Unveiling the Truths)
- Al-Majdi (On the Genealogy of the Prophet Muhammad's Family)
- Nasmat al Sahar - A History of Arab Shi`a Poets, Three volumes
- The Sources of Arabic Poems in the Kalilah wa Dimna
- The Garden of Light: An Anthology of Sana`i's Hadiqah
- Kashf al-Haqa'iq 2 (Return of the Kashf)
- The sources of Arabic Poems in “Marzban-Nameh”, 1970’s
- Haasele Owqat (A collection of essays and articles, 1007 pp.), 2002-2003
- Tarjuma-ye Ash'ar Arabi-ye “Sa'di” be Farsi (Translation of “Sa'di’s” Arabic poems into Persian), 2004
- Tchahar Maqaleh dar-bare-ye “Amir-al-mu'menin Ali Alayh-al-salam” (Four articles regarding “Amir-al-mu'menin Ali Alayh-al-salam”), 2004-2005
- Maqalat-i “Dar Hadith-e Digaran” (Articles in memory of his professors, friends, and others), 2005
- Taswib Aghlate Tchapi Tafsir-e Kashf-al-asrar (Correction of erratum in the printed book of Tafsir-e Kashf-al-asrar), 2007
- Dar baab-e “Khizr” (Regarding “Khizr“), 2007
- “The Noble Princess Shahrbanu”, The mother of the Imam Ali b. al-Husain al-Sajjad" Mirror of heritage (Āyene-ye Mirās), 2009
- “In the Memory of Companions and Rain Drops“, (Yad-e Yaran va Qatreh-ha-ye Baran) A collection of his various articles, 2011
- Yad-e Azizan dar Barg-rizan (21 Articles Ettela'at Press), 2015
- Divan Khazen (Distinguished poet of 4th century A.D, Miras-e Maktoub), 2015
- Essays in Islamic Philology, History and Philosophy, 2016 (collection of articles written by colleagues and students of Ahmad Mahdavi-Damghani about him for his 90 years old birthday, an initiative from Harvard University head of Middle Eastern Studies).