Sad news from the UCLA Iranian Student Group:
We regret to inform the friends, family, students and colleagues of Dr. Hossein Ziai of his passing on August 24, 2011.
Dr. Ziai was professor of Islamic and Iranian Studies, Inaugural holder of the Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Chair in Iranian Studies and the director of Iranian Studies at UCLA, where he had taught since 1988.
He received his Ph.D. in Islamic Philosophy from Harvard University in 1976.
Prior to his position at UCLA, Dr. Ziai taught at Tehran University, Sharif University, Harvard University, Brown University, and Oberlin College.
Dr. Ziai’s numerous publications cover Islamic philosophy, the Iranian Illuminationist School of philosophy and “Persian Poetic Wisdom” defined in relation to the epistemology of knowledge by presence.
Dr. Ziai is survived by his wife Mahasti, his son Dadali, his daughter-in-law Stephanie and his grand-daughters Malia and Acacia.
An important member of the Iranian community has passed away, and ISG extends our condolences to anyone who has been touched by him and his wisdom.
UCLA Iranian Student Group
You can read more about Professor Ziai at his website.
You will be missed, Professor Ziai.