Keynote Address

"Shi'ism: Unity and Diversity"

Monday April 5th, 11:00am-12:15PM EDT. 

Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, University Professor of Islamic Studies at The George Washington University, will begin the four-day symposium on Diversity and Unity in Transnational Shi'ism by delivering a keynote address on the subject of intra-Shi'a dialogue entitled "Shi'ism: Unity and Diversity." 


Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr is University Professor of Islamic Studies at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After graduating from MIT with a Bachelors in Physics, he received a Masters in Geophysics and a PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University. In 1958, Nasr returned to Iran to teach philosophy at Tehran University where he later served as Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Letters. Nasr was the first Muslim to deliver the prestigious Gifford and Cadbury Lectures, and was inducted to the Library of Living Philosophers in 2000. He has published over 50 books and 650 articles on Islamic Science, Philosophy, Comparative Religion, Islamic Ecology and Environmentalism, Art, and Sufism. Some of his publications include The Study Quran as its Editor-In-Chief, Religion and the Order of Nature, Man and Nature, and The Garden of Truth: The Vision and Promise of Sufism.