Hassan Farhang ANSARI


Islamic studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

History of Religions, Philosophy
Hassan Farhang ANSARI

Octobre 2014 à Juin 2015


Hassan Farhang Ansari studied Philosophy at the University of Tehran (Iran), as well as philosophy, theology, canonical law and legal methodology at the ‘?awza Ilmiyya’ (seminary of higher learning) in Tehran and Qom. At the same time he collaborated as Research Associate in the research center ‘Markaz-i D??irat al-ma??rif-i buzurg-i isl?m?’ in Tehran. He earned his doctorate at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE, Paris) in 2009, and has been since then an Associate Member of the Laboratoire d’études sur les monothéismes. From 2005 to 2007, and then from 2009 to 2013, he worked as Research Associate at Freie Universität Berlin, first at the Institute of Islamic Studies and then at the Research Unit “Intellectual History of the Islamicate World”, where his work focused on the study of philosophy, theology, canon law, and principles of jurisprudence. In 2013-2014, he was member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (USA).

Search project

"The mu?tazilite theology and its extension in the zaydi Shiism"

At the end of the 4th/10th and all along the 5th/11th century, the Mu?tazilites and the Zaydi from Irak and Iran started a reciprocal rapprochement movement that was the basis of the construction of a major rational theological thought. It was just after that period, from the beginning the of the 6th/12th century, that the Zaydi of Yemen started to receive the thoughts and writings of the Iranian authors to constitute their own theological system.

In this framework, Hassan ANSARI intends to pursue several research lines he already started or wishes to lead off. Some of these studies are purely historical in the meaning that he would like to finely examine the spreading of the mu?tazilite though into the Muslim culture, relying on the study of the sources especially manuscripts. One of the important aspects, on which Hassan ANSARI has worked already for several years, in collaboration with Sabine SCHMIDTKE from Freie Universität Berlin, and which he intends to finalize, is the study of how the Mu?tazilite literature was transmitted to Zaydi currents, in Iran as well as in Yemen.


ANSARI, Hassan. L’imamat et l’Occultation selon l’imamisme: Etude bibliographique et histoire des textes. Leiden: Brill (Islamic History and Civilization Series) [forthcoming].

ANSARI, Hassan et MADELUNG, W. (edited by). Ab? ?Al? al-?ubb???, Kit?b al-maq?l?t, Leiden: Brill [forthcoming].

ANSARI, Hassan et MADELUNG, W. (edited with an introduction by). Rukn al-D?n Ibn al-Mal??im? al-Khw?razm?, Tu?fat al-mutakallim?n f? l-radd ?al? l-fal?sifa. Tehéran : Iranian Institute of Philosophy & Institute of Islamic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, 2008 (Series on Islamic Philosophy and Theology. Texts and Studies).

ANSARI, Hassan et SCHMIDTKE, S. The literary-religious tradition among 7th/13th century Yemen? Zayd?s: The formation of the Im?m al-Mahd? li-D?n All?h A?mad b. al-?usayn b. al-Q?sim (d. 656/1258). Journal of Islamic Manuscripts, 2011, p.165-222

ANSARI, Hassan et SCHMIDTKE, S. Al-Shaykh al-??s?: His Writings on Theology and Their Reception. In DAFTARY F. and MISKINZODA G (edited by). The Study of Sh??? Islam: The State of the Field, Issues of Methodology and Recent Developments. London: I.B. Tauris, 2013