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Modjtaba Sadria

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Name  Modjtaba Sadria
Role  Philosopher

Education  University of Paris
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Born  March 1949Tehran, Iran
Main interests  Social philosophy, Cultural Studies, International Relations
Notable ideas  "Knowledge construction", "cities in Muslim societies", "plurality of Modernity", "production and reproduction of poverty"
Areas of interest  Social philosophy, Cultural studies, International relations

Philosophical era  Contemporary philosophy

Modjtaba Sadria (born March 1949) is an Iranian-born philosopher, socio-cultural theorist and international social policy development specialist. Professor Sadria has particular expertise in cross-cultural relations and East Asian studies. He has published over 50 books and articles, including: "Global Civil Society and Ethics: Finding Common Ground"(Tokyo, 2003), "People Who Live on the Edge of the World"(Tokyo, 2002), "Realism: Trap of International Relations"(1994, in Japanese), and "Prayer for Lost Objects: A Non-Weberian Approach to the Birth of Modern Society"(2003, in Persian). He has been the head of Think Tank for Knowledge Excellence since 2009, in Tehran, Iran. He has been scientific consultant in Denmark Nomad Academy, since summer 2011.


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Prof. Modjtaba Sadria

Academic career

Sadria was educated in Germany for International Law, France for Philosophy, History, and Sociology, and Canada for International relations, and Cultural Studies. He has worked for several universities in various countries as a scholar such as the Institute for the Study of Muslism Civilisations, Aga Khan University, Institute of Policy and Cultural Studies, Chuo University, Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo, and Université de Montréal. Sadria has been Professor of Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences in Melbourne, Australia since September 2009.

Social activities

Sadria organises several intellectual networks around the globe. Notably, he has been the Master Jury in 2004 and Steering Committee in 2007 and 2010 for Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and Senior Associate of Global Reconciliation Network and Director of the Australian Centre for West and Central Asian Studies. He was also an important intellectual for UN Dialogue Among Civilizations, and a member of Kyoto International Culture Forum. As some other primal projects, Sadria is a founder of Study Group on Human Security, CITIES: Big Small Stories of Changes (In Turkish), and Small and large Stories of Change (In German). Furthermore, his vigorous activities can be seen in various other socio-intellectual movements such as Changing Teheran, and Global Cities Research Institute.

Plagiarism Charge

In December 2014, an article published in shargh newspaper which charged Modjtaba Sadria with extensive plagiarism. In the article, the author explains that the book "A Modern critic to Modernity" which was published in 2012 in Persian by Modjtaba Sadria, in fact, is a Master's Thesis for Louisiana State University, originally written by Joshua Luke Yoder.


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