Hassan Farhang Ansari focuses on the study of Islamic theology, philosophy, law, and legal theory. He earned his doctorate at the EPHE of the Sorbonne, Paris. He has also studied at Hawza Ilmiyya, Tehran and Qom, where his work focused on the study of philosophy, theology, canon law, and principles of jurisprudence. He is currently Visiting Professsor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.
The present volume focuses on aspects of Islamic thought in Iran and Yemen, and other regions of the Middle East, ninth through fifteenth century CE, through a close study of manuscript materials. The book's sixteen chapters are arranged under five rubrics: Mu'tazilism, Zaydism in Iran and in Yemen, Twelver Shi'ism, Mysticism, and Bibliographical Traditions. The material included in the book has been published previously in a different version. The appearance of these studies together in a single volume makes this book a significant and welcome contribution to the field of classical Islamic Studies. Full access available through https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctv2dswqs
Among the responsa collections by al-Sharīf al-Murtaḍā that still remain to be edited are the Jawābāt al-masāʾil al-Sallāriyya, which consist of responsa to eight questions most of which revolve around issues related to the subtleties of kalām. On the basis of the two earliest witnesses of this text, MS Berlin, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Petermann II [Pm.] 169 and MS Mashhad, Āstān-i quds 1448, an edition has been prepared.