2017 Visiting Scholars

Dr. Sayed Hassan Hussaini (Akhlaq) is a Research Fellow in the Department of World Languages & Literatures. Originally from Afghanistan, he received his PhD in 2009 from the Allameh Tabatabai University, Iran, in the field of comparative philosophy. He has been affiliated with George Washington University and The Catholic University of America, before which he held several academic positions in Afghanistan and Iran. He has published numerous books and articles. He is currently working on a project titled, “The History of Philosophical Ideas in Afghanistan,” a history of rational sciences and intellectual movements covering a broad but accurate spectrum of the evolution of theology, Sufism, Peripatetic philosophy, Illuminative philosophy, and modern intellectualism in Afghanistan.  He is also engaged in research on three more subjects in an Islamic context: terrorism/extremism; inter and intra-faith dialogue; Sufism and philosophy. Earlier this year, his co-edited work “The Secular and the Sacred: Complementary and/or Conflictual?” was published by the Council for Research in Values & Philosophy, Washington, DC. (akhlaq@bu.edu)

Dr. Sassan Zand Moqaddam is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of World Languages and Literatures. He holds a postdoctoral fellowship from the Iran National Science Foundation, University of Esfahan. He received his PhD from Arak University, Iran, in the field of Persian language and literature. Previously he has been a visiting scholar at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He taught for a number of years in Iran. His research interests are in the areas of Sufi literature, comparative mysticism (Islam and Hinduism), and textual criticism. He has published a number of scholarly articles on the Persian mystical poet Rumi and other related topics. While at BU, he is planning to continue his work on different aspects of Rumi’s and his well-known father’s works and teachings. (moqaddam@bu.edu)

Adem Y. Elveren is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, History and Political Science at Fitchburg State University, MA. He earned his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. degrees in Economics at the University of Utah, Boston University, and Ankara University, respectively. He has two distinct research fields: social policy, and defense and peace economics. Regarding the former, he focuses on the gender dimension of the social policies in Turkey. Regarding the latter, he empirically analyzes the effect of military expenditures on the economy with a special focus on income inequality by using global data. He has several articles on these topics in major journals such as Metroeconomica, Defence and Peace Economics, Economic Modelling, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, Women’s Studies International Forum, Review of Radical Political Economics, and International Social Security Review. He is also a co-editor of Gender and Society in Turkey: The Impact of Neo-Liberal Policies, Political Islam and EU Accession by IB Tauris, 2012. (aelveren@bu.edu)