In Memoriam

In memoriam: Hossein Ziai, Islamic and Iranian studies scholar

Hossein Ziai, who transformed Iranian studies as its director, died Wednesday, August 24, in Los Angeles. 
He was 67.
He was a professor of Islamic and Iranian studies, the 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.
Ziai received his B.S. in 1967 in intensive mathematics and physics from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Islamic philosophy from Harvard University in 1976. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, he taught at Tehran University, Sharif University, Harvard, Brown University and Oberlin College.
His numerous publications focused on Islamic philosophy, the Iranian Illuminationist School of Philosophy and the concept of Persian poetic wisdom, as defined in relation to the epistemology of knowledge by presence.
He is survived by his wife, Mahasti of Sherman Oaks; his son Dadali; and two granddaughters.
To honor Professor Ziai’s memory, his family, friends and colleagues have established the Hossein Ziai Memorial Fund and Scholarship to help support the education of future students of Iranian studies. 
Donations to the fund can be sent to: 
UCLA Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
361 Humanities Building
Los Angeles, CA  90095
Make checks payable to:  "UCLA Foundation."  On the check memo line, write:  Hossein Ziai Fund
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