Sayed Hassan Akhlaq

Sayed Akhlaq

Sayed Hassan Akhlaq, a philosopher from Afghanistan, specializes in comparative study, dialogue among civilizations, modernization, and inter and intra-faith dialogues. His work aims to serve humanity through philosophy and religion by shedding light on human rights, women’s rights, law, and the environment. His latest book in Farsi, “Adab-e Durust-Andishi” (The Etiquette Guidelines of Critical Thinking) was published in Kabul, Afghanistan, thanks to the financial support of the Roya Institute for Global Justice of New York.  His latest book in English, The Making of Shia Ayatollahs, is forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield. He also published “Afghanistan Nation-Building and Missed Critical Element of Unifying Ideology” in 2022 in the Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. His co-edited 790-page volume, The Secular and the Sacred: Complementary and/or Conflictual, published by the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy in Washington, DC in 2017, consists of 34 chapters elaborating on the dialogue between religious and non-religious traditions in the West, China, South Asia, and Africa. He previously published five books in Farsi in Iran and Afghanistan on comparative philosophy. Akhlaq received his PhD in philosophy from Allameh Tabataba’i University in Tehran. He co-founded Gharjistan University in Kabul, Afghanistan, and served as its dean in Farah province. He currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in philosophy and religion at George Washington University, Marymount University, and Coppin State University. He has worked as a visiting research fellow at Boston University, Princeton University, and the McLean Center for the Study of Culture and Values at Catholic University.