Afghan scholar visits Brandeis Law

Dr. Sayed Hassan Akhlaq
Dr. Sayed Hassan Akhlaq visits the Brandeis School of Law March 6, 2018.

Dr. Sayed Hassan Akhlaq, a philosopher with an expertise on the historical development of ideas and rights in Afghanistan and Iran, visited the Brandeis School of Law March 6, 2018. 

Akhlaq was at the University of Louisville to give a public talk — “A Philosopher at Large: A Personal Journey” — later that day. He was brought to to campus as part of the Scholars at Risk Speaker Series co-sponsored by UofL’s Provost Office and College of Arts and Sciences. Scholars at Risk is an international organization devoted to protecting scholars and academic freedom.

Akhlaq, a research fellow in world languages and literatures at Boston University, specializes in the study of philosophy, religion, dialogue among civilizations, and Islam and human rights. He has been working on a project about the history of philosophical ideas in Afghanistan and examining the evolution of theology, Sufism, modern intellectualism and several philosophical approaches in that country.

From his native Afghanistan, Akhlaq immigrated to Iran where he grew up, earned his philosophy doctorate, completed Islamic theological studies and taught in several universities.

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