Mohsen Goudarzi

Mohsen Goudarzi

Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies
Goudarzi Mohsen

On Leave

Fall 2022, Spring 2023


  • MA, Stanford University
  • PhD, Harvard University


Mohsen Goudarzi joined the Harvard Divinity School faculty in July 2021, having taught previously at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities). He is an expert in Qur'anic Studies and his scholarship is leading to the reevaluation of some of the most fundamental assumptions previously held in the study of the Qur’an.

Goudarzi’s research focuses on the intellectual and social aspects of Islam’s emergence, in particular the Qur'an's relationship to Late Antique literature as well as its textual history. He is also interested in various fields of Islamic learning, especially the sciences of exegesis (tafsīr), theology (kalām), and law (fiqh). Currently, he is working on a book project that proposes a new reading of major elements of the qur'anic worldview, including the Qur'an’s conception of scriptural and prophetic history.

Goudarzi received a certificate from the University of Minnesota's Center for Educational Innovation for his dedication to student learning. He had also received a certificate of distinction in teaching three times from the Office of Undergraduate Education while a teaching fellow at Harvard.

Selected publications

  • Behnam Sadeghi & Mohsen Goudarzi, “Ṣanʿāʾ 1 and the Origins of the Qurʾān.” Der Islam 87 (2012): 1-129.
  • “Inspiration, Intellect, and the Interpretation of Scripture in Post-Classical Islam.” In Treasures of Knowledge: An Inventory of the Ottoman Palace Library (1502/3-1503/4), edited by G. Necipoğlu, C. Kafadar, and C. Fleischer (Brill, 2019), 267-308.
  • "The Ascent of Ishmael: Genealogy, Covenant, and Identity in Early Islam." Arabica 66/5 (2019): 415-484.
  • "Peering Behind the Lines." Harvard Theological Review 113(3): 421-435.


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