Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Hamid Mavani (Ph.D., McGill University) as Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, as of August 1. Previously, Dr. Mavani taught as a visiting faculty member at Bayan, and with this appointment joins a growing base of on-campus Bayan faculty working within the context of the Claremont School of Theology (CST). He is slated to teach core and elective courses in Islamic Studies that are part of Bayan’s degree programs in Islamic Studies and Leadership, Islamic Education, and Islamic Chaplaincy.

Dr. Mavani’s expertise in Islamic Studies stems from both academic training at universities as well as specialized theological training at traditional seminaries in the Muslim world. His fields of interest include Islamic legal theory, women and Shi‘i law, Islamic theology and political thought, Islam and secularity, intra-Muslim discourse, and environmental ethics. He is the author of a book published by Routledge in June 2013 titled, Religious Authority and Political Thought in Twelver Shi‘ism: From Ali to Post-Khomeini and is co-author with Dr. Ahmad Kazemi Moussavi on a work in progress on Islamic legal theory, to be published by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). Dr. Mavani’s scholarship also includes translations of Islamic texts from Arabic and Persian into English. He is currently translating from Persian a ground-breaking work by Ayatollah Mohsen Kadivar on Islam, apostasy, and blasphemy (under contract with the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom [CIRF]).

As a Muslim American institution committed to enhancing interfaith and intra-faith understanding and cooperation, Bayan welcomes Dr. Mavani’s role in contributing to the diversity of perspectives available through our course offerings and programs.