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Fathollah Mojtabaei

An Iranian author and historian

Born: December 10, 1927
Died: -

In recognition of his years of scientific and cultural services, the Society for the Appreciation of Cultural Works and Dignitaries (SACWD) honored him the title of ‘Iran`s dignitary’ in a commemoration ceremony on February 3, 2001.

Biography

 

Fathollah Mojtabaei was born on December 10, 1927, in Tehran, Iran. A few months after his birth, his mother took him to Farahan County, Markazi Province, Iran. He stayed in Farahan until he was fourteen. His father and his grandfather were Sufi elders. He received his basic education in such a family, which led him to study the history of religions and philosophy of the East and India later. 
Until the age of fourteen, he taught basics of literature, formal sciences and French language in Farahan County. In 1941, he came to Arak and entered high school. After finishing high school, he came to Tehran and continued his education at the University of Tehran. In 1953, he received a bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature from the Faculty of Letters and Humanities of the University of Tehran. From 1953 until 1959, he taught literature and foreign languages in Arak and Tehran high schools. He also began writing and several of his poems and stories were published in magazines, he also translated Aristotle's Poetics. 
In 1960, he was sent abroad by the Ministry of Culture to get acquainted with new methods of writing textbooks. After a period of study and research in this field in the Columbia University in United States, he returned to Iran and was in charge of preparing and compiling literature textbooks for high schools. 
In 1962, he was appointed as Iranian Cultural Counselor in Pakistan and the management of Iranian cultural houses in the city of Lahore. Until 1965 he was engaged in cultural services and research on Islamic-Iranian culture of the subcontinent. There he learned Sanskrit and studied the history of the Islamic period in India and Persian culture and literature. 
In 1966, he went to the United States at the invitation of Professor Wilfred Cantwell Smith, a renowned Islamologist and Hinduologist and director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University, where he researched the history of world religions and taught Persian literature and mystical texts in Persian. He also received Masters in Comparative history of Religions from Harvard University. Then he continued his studies in History of Eastern Religions and Philosophy and finally in 1971 received his PhD in this field. 
During these years he traveled to India several times to study the traditional methods of interpreting Hindu texts as well as to observe the situation and religious of the Indian Zoroastrians in Varanasi, Delhi and Mumbai. 
After completing his studies, he returned to Iran and began to teach in universities. For a while, he taught Persian literature at Damavand College and in philosophy group of Faculty of Letters and Humanities of the University of Tehran, he taught Eastern Philosophy. Then he was transferred to the Faculty of Theology and Islamic Studies of the University of Tehran and served in the Department of Comparative Religions and Mysticism.
In 1974, he was assigned as Iranian Cultural Counselor in India, and until the fall of 1977, he was engaged in services related to the study and research on the intellectual and cultural relations between Muslims and Hindus in the subcontinent, and published several books and articles in this field. 
After completing his mission and returning to Iran, he continued to teach at the Faculty of Theology and Islamic Studies of the University of Tehran and was in charge of the management of the Department of Religions and Mysticism for several periods. He also taught history of religions, methodology and comparative mysticism there. 
In recognition of his years of scientific and cultural services, the Society for the Appreciation of Cultural Works and Dignitaries (SACWD) honored him the title of ‘Iran`s dignitary’ in a commemoration ceremony on February 3, 2001.
 

Works

He has published nearly 200 titles of books, articles, poems and book reviews in the form of authorship, translation and correction in Persian and English. Among his works are:

Books

 

•    The beautiful city of Plato and the ideal empire in ancient Iran, 1973
•    Al-Biruni and India, 1973
•    Educational philosophy of Iqbal Lahori, Introduction, 1983
•    Zoroaster, Politician or Witch-doctor?, Introduction, 1986
•    Rai and Brahman: Excerpts from Kalīla wa-Dimna, Introduction, 1995
•    Ferdowsi's Shahnameh with Khamsa of Nizami, Introduction, 2000
•    Religious Research, 2002
•    Islam: Historical and Cultural Research, Cooperation, 2004
•    Hindi syntax and Arabic syntax, 2005
•    Description of Lover's hair: Notes on The Divan of Hafez, 2007
•    Aspects of Hindu Muslim cultural relations, 2010
•    Bengal in Persian Sugar: Discourses on Cultural Relations between Iran and India, 2013
•    A letter to my child, Introduction, 2017
 

Translations

 

•    Chitra and a few lyric poems from the gardener of love,  1955
•    New Persian poetry, 1955
•    Poetic Art: Poetry, 1958
•    The Golden Age of Iran and its philosophy and art, 1960
•    A Literary history of Persia, From Firdowsi to Sadi, 1982
•    Ancient Greece, 1986
•    Excerpts from Robert Frost, 2001
•    Excerpts from Yoga Vasistha, 2006
 

Articles

 

•    Scientific works on Islamic culture outside the Islamic world, 1970
•    Mysticism of Sage of Herat, 1979
•    The color of the clothes of class people in Indian and Iranian society, 1981
•    The principle of acquisition and adaptation in quoting scientific concepts, 1983
•    Familiarity of Muslims with Aristotelian logic, 1988
•    Roundtable: Dialogue of religions and understanding of cultural fields, 1992
•    Islamic culture and civilization, 1994
•    Interregnum period in the history of Islamic philosophy, 1994
•    Superior and higher than the Brahmans (from the collection of "Fruit-Gathering"), 1997
•    Islam; Unity and dialogue of religions, 1998
•    Cultural exchange and invasion, 1998
•    Suhrawardi and the culture of ancient Iran, 2001
•    Iranology and Manuscripts, 2002
•    Descent and thought of Tagore, 2005
•    India and Iranian identity, 2006
•    Hafez in Goethe's Faust, 2008
•    A Look at the History of Shaivism in Hinduism: Its Origins, Evolution and Schools, 2008
•    Dialogue: Aspects of Religious Historiography, 2009
•    Iran and India, a millennial bond, 2013
•    Iqbal Lahori, a former religious intellectual, 2014
•    What is the secret of Hafez's permanence?, 2016
•    Eastern and Iranian view of India, 2020