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Abdu’l-Missagh Ghadirian

Dr. Abdu’l-Missagh Ghadirian is a Professor Emeritus of McGill University, Faculty of Medicine, and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has published extensively on psychosocial and spiritual issues and spoken at many universities and public events around the world. His most recent publication is Materialism: Moral and Social Consequences, second edition (2017). His current interest is the exploration of the interrelationship between religion and science in the advancement of civilization.


Anne Perry, PhD

Professor, The Art Institute of Dallas

After two interdisciplinary MA degrees, I pursued my PhD in Aesthetic Studies, with a focus on both art and religion. I teach writing, humanities, and film and art appreciation at the Art Institute of Dallas and two community colleges, as well as serving as an instructor for the Wilmette Institute. I have published essays, fiction, poetry, and biography and recently created a publishing avenue, Nine Petal Press. With my husband Tim Perry, I created the documentary film, “Luminous Journey: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in America, 1912” and am now working on “‘Abdu’l-Bahá in France” as well as a book about poet Roger White. Among my favorite research subjects are ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s travels; Sarah Farmer and Green Acre history; women and peace; intercultural understanding; and the arts. Listen to Anne’s interview on ‘A Bahá’í Perspective’ podcastSee Faculty Bio


Armin Eschraghi, PhD

Professor, Islamic Studies, Persian and Arabic literature

Born in Iran and raised in Germany, Armin Eschraghi began studying Philosophy, Islamic Studies, and Comparative Religion in Goethe University Frankfurt in 1995 and obtained his Master degree in 1999 and his PhD in 2004. Since 2003 he has been teaching Islamic Studies, Persian and Arabic literature in Liebig University Gießen, and currently in Goethe University Frankfurt and at the Jesuite College Sankt Georgen. His main areas of research are the early development of Islamic and especially Shiite theology, Islamic mysticism, and religious currents of the Qajar period in Iran, and he has published on these in German, English and Persian language. He has also edited several original Persian and Arabic texts and translated them into German. Apart from academia, Eschraghi is also an active member of several interreligious institutions, including the German Forum for Abrahamic Faiths and the Religious Council Frankfurt.See Faculty Bio