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Arash Naraghi

Arash NaraghiAssociate Professor of Religion and Philosophy (2009)

  • M.A. and Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara

Email: anaraghi@moravian.edu
Phone: 610-625-7835
Office: Comenius Hall, Room 106

Areas of Research and/or Expertise:

Normative Ethics, Applied Ethics, Philosophy of Rights, Philosophy of Religion and Medieval Philosophy.

Epistemology of religious experience, The problem of evil, Islamic theology (ethical theories in Islam), Islamic mysticism (The school of Khorassan), Contemporary Shi'ism, and modernism in Islam (The challenges of human rights, and feminism).


Arash Naraghi, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Philosophy of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He previously taught philosophy at California State University, San Bernardino. His areas of specialization include applied ethics, philosophy of rights, ancient philosophy, epistemology of religious experience, the problem of evil, Islamic theology and mysticism, contemporary Shi'ism, and modernism in Islam. His book Reason and Faith: A Philosophical Model for Understanding the Theistic Faith was published in 1999. Since then he has published two other books, The Ethics of Human Rights and The Soul's Mirror: On Rumi's Life and Ideas.

Recent Activities of Note:


  • Arash Naraghi, assistant professor of philosophy, presented his paper "Islam and the Respect Conception of Tolerance as a Prerequisite of Global Secularism" at the conference on The Future of Secularism and the Public Role of Religion in Iran, held at Lake Forest College, March 27-28, 2010.


  • Professor Naraghi also delivered a talk, "Toleration in Islam," at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in Oakland on October 23, 2009.
  • On October 22, 2009, Professor Naraghi presented his paper "Two Arguments for Totalitarianism: The Iran Case" at "Berkeley in Solidarity with Iran," a conference held at the University of California Berkeley. He presented "The Moral Foundation of Humanitarian Intervention" at a conference on "Transition to Democracy in Iran" held at the University of Maryland, College Park on October 31, 2009.
  • Arash Naraghi, assistant professor of philosophy, and Faramarz Farbod, adjunct professor of political science, spoke about "Post-Election Iran: Challenges to Human Rights" on October 28 in Moravian College's Haupert Union Building. Sponsored by Amnesty International, the lecture examined recent abuses of human rights following the contested Iranian elections.
  • On October 17, 2009, Arash Naraghi, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, appeared on "Ethics and Politics in Post-Revolutionary Iran," an hour-long television interview piece for Voice of America.
  • Arash Naraghi, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, presented papers at several recent conferences. On September 26, he presented "Outlaw States and Moral Responsibilities of International Community" at a conference on "The Campaign to Fight Crimes Against Humanity in Iran," held at Riverside Church in New York City.
  • Arash Naraghi, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, presented "An Ethical Critique to the Doctrine of the Guardianship of Islamic Jurist" at the conference on Iran after the Tenth Presidential Election held at U.C.L.A. on July 1, 2009. The presentation was published August 27, 2009 on roozonline.
  • "Rape as a Violation of Human Rights," an article by Arash Naraghi, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, was published August 23, 2009 on roozonline.
  • Arash Naraghi was interviewed for "Islamization of Human Sciences," which appeared on Radio Zamaneh September 7, 2009. Naraghi explained why "Islamization of knowledge" is incoherent and why Iranian government feels threatened by modern sciences.