Islam, Philosophy and Education: A Conversation with Khosrow Bagheri Noaparast

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Islam, Philosophy and Education: A Conversation with Khosrow Bagheri Noaparast


Peters, Michael A., Analysis and Metaphysics


Professor Khosrow Bagheri Noaparast received his Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales (Australia) in 1995. He has been teaching in University of Tehran ever since and has taught in university of Shiraz, Ferdowsi in Mashhad, Chamran in Ahvaz and Isfahan as invited Professor. Since 2009 he has been the president of "Philosophy of Education Society of Iran" (PESI) of which he was one of the founders.

He is the author/translator of 23 books including Islamic Education (Alhoda, 2001) and The Idea of a Religious Social Science (Alhoda, 2009) and nearly 80 articles on philosophy of education, religion and personal construct psychology; topics from different viewpoints, such as constructive realism, neo-Pragmatism, action theory, deconstruction, hermeneutics, and Islamic philosophy of education. In 2011 he was awarded First order Medal of Research (The Distinguished Researcher) by the University of Tehran. He was a visiting researcher at Paris Descartes (Paris V) in 2005-6 and at University of York (UK) in 2009 and is currently doing his sabbatical research in University of Malaya (UM). He can be reached at khbagheri@ut.ac.ir

Some titles of his works in English are as follows:

Bagheri Noaparast, Khosrow (1995), "Toward a More Realistic Constructivism," Advances in Personal Construct Psychology 3: 37-59.

Bagheri Noaparast, Khosrow (2000), "Constructs and Words," Constructivism in the Human Sciences 5(1): 65-70.

Bagheri Noaparast, Khosrow (2005), "Pluralism and the Place of Religion in a Democratic Society: Emphasizing Rorty's View," The Journal of Humanities of the Islamic Republic of Iran 12(3).

Bagheri Noaparast, Khosrow (2005), "A Hermeneutical Model for Research on the Evaluation of Academic Achievement," Quarterly Journal of New Thoughts on Education 1(1/2): 5-12.

Bagheri Noaparast, Khosrow, & Khosravi, Zohreh (2010), "A Dynamic Conception of Human Identity, Cultural Relation, and Cooperative Learning," Intercultural Education 21(3): 281-290.

Bagheri Noaparast, Khosrow, & Zohreh Khosravi (2011), "Deconstructive Religious Education," Religious Education 106( 1): 82-104.

Bagheri Noaparast, Khosrow (2011), "Neo-pragmatist Philosophy of Education," Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Education, http://www.ffst.hr/ENCYCLOPAEDIA/ doku.php?id=neopragmatist_philosophy_of_education

Bagheri Noaparast, Khosrow, & Noaparast, M.Z.B. (2012), "Action-Oriented Research in Education: A Comparative Study on A Western and An Islamic View," AJISS29(2): 43-63.

Bagheri Noaparast, Khosrow (2012), "Al-Attas Revisited on the Islamic Understanding of Education," Journal Of Shi 'A Islamic Studies 5(2): 149-172.

Bagheri Noaparast, Khosrow (2013), "Physical and Spiritual Education within the Framework of Pure Life," International Journal of Children's Spirituality 18(1): 46-61.

Papers online

http://www.tandfonline.eom/doi/fiill/l 0.1080/1364436X.2012.741062#.UaNQ6kBTArU

http://www.tandfonline.eom/doi/full/10.1080/00344087.2011.539449#.UdC8i2JTArU

http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/joumals/joumal_of_shia_islamic_stu dies/v005/5.2.noaparast. html

http://www.tandfonline.eom/doi/full/10.1080/14675981003760465#.UaNRAEBTArU

Michael Peters (MP): Can I start with a question about Iran and philosophy? I understand that Iran is one of the largest publishers of philosophy books in the world. Why is that the case? Can you also speak to the position of philosophy and philosophy of education in Iran?

Khosrow Bagheri Noaparast (KBN): Historically speaking, Iran has had a strong relation to philosophy in both attracting philosophers and philosophical thought and contributing to the philosophy in its own right. To mention but a few examples, Plotinus (204-270 C.E.), the Egyptian philosopher and the founder of new-Platonism, came along with Gordianos who was at war with the King of Iran, Shapoor the First, in order to become familiar with the then famous Iranian thoughts. …

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