Ayatollah Ahmad Iravani


Ahmad Iravani is the President and Executive Director of the CSIME. For the past ten years, he has been teaching at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He also served as the Director of Islamic Studies and Dialogue at the Center for the Study of Culture and Values until the end of 2009. Since 2003, he has been teaching an Introduction to Islam course during summer at UC DAVIS, CA.

In addition to his academic activities, he has diversified his role in the community by participating in several interfaith dialogues around the world. He completed his religious studies in Islamic Seminary (Hawzeh Elmieh) of Qom, Iran. He received his degree called Rotbe Awwale Kharej in 1992 and Ijazeh of Ijtihad from Grand Ayatollah Sannei in 1997.He also has PhD in Philosophy from the Iranian Institute of Philosophy in Tehran and currently is a PhD candidate (third degree) at the CUA.

He has taught courses on Islamic Law, Islamic Economic, Philosophy and logic in Tehran and Modid universities. He was the dean of the School of Philosophy of Mofid 1997-2000. He has also been a strong advocate for social justice, peace, and conviviality among peoples and places.