Mojaddedi, Jawid

  • Portrait
  • Professor
  • Areas of Specialization: Islamic Studies
  • Office: 64 College Ave., Room 302
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  • Office Hours: Spring 2019: By appointment only, 64 College Ave
  • Phone: 848-932-6821 / 9641
  • Fax: 732-932-1271
  • Education: Ph.D. and B.A. University of Manchester (1992 - 1998)
  • Postal Address: Department of Religion School of Arts and Sciences Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 64 College Ave. New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8525




Jawid Mojaddedi is Professor of Religion at Rutgers University. His area of research is early and medieval Sufism. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and raised from the age of five in Great Britain, he completed his studies under the supervision of the late Norman Calder at the University of Manchester, receiving his PhD in 1998. He served for two years as Assistant Editor for Encyclopaedia Iranica, before taking up his current position at Rutgers, where he teaches courses in the general field of Islamic Studies. He currently serves as Director of Graduate Studies in the Religion Department.


Since the publication of his verse translation, The Masnavi: Book One, which was awarded the 2004 Lois Roth Prize, he has been working towards completing the six books of Jalal al-Din Rumi’s magnum opus. He has already published in the same Oxford World’s Classics Series a translation of the second and third books, in 2007 and 2013, respectively. In addition to his translations of Rumi’s poetry, he has also published the monograph Beyond Dogma: Rumi’s Teachings on Friendship with God and Early Sufi Theories (Oxford University Press, 2012).  Previous books include The Biographical Tradition in Sufism:the Tabaqat Genre from al-Sulami to Jami  (RoutledgeCurzon, 2001), and, as co-editor and co-translator with Norman Calder and Andrew Rippin, Classical Islam: A Sourcebook of Religious Literature (Routledge, 2003; expanded second edition, 2012).



pdf 2014 - National Endowment for the Arts, Literature Translation Fellowship

Course Syllabi:

Rumi, The Masnavi: Book Three
A New Translation (Oxford University Press, 2013)
Beyond Dogma: Rumi's Teachings on
Friendship with God
and Early Sufi Theories
(Oxford University Press,
Rumi, The Masnavi: Book Two (translator and editor)
(Oxford Univ. Press, 2007)
(translator and editor)
Rumi, The Masnavi: 
Book One (Oxford
Univ. Press, 2004)
The Biographical Tradition in Sufism: the tabaqat genre from al-Sulami to Jami, Studies in Asian Religion
(Routledge Curzon, 2001)
(translator and editor)
Classical Islam: A
Sourcebook of Religious
Literature (with N. Calder
and A. Rippin)
(Routledge, 2003)
(contributing editor)
Studies in Islamic and Middle Eastern Texts and Traditions in Memory of Norman Calder (with editors G. R. Hawting and A. Samely) (Oxford Univ. Press, 2000)
The Wiley Blackwell Companion to The Qur'an
Edited by Andrew Rippin and Jawid Mojaddedi, 2017
Rumi the Masnavi Book Four
A New translation by Jawid Mojaddedi (Oxford World Classics)
Selected Articles and Book Chapters

  •  ‘Narratives about al-Junayd,’ in J. Renard, ed., Tales of God’s Friends: Islamic Hagiography in Translation,
    University of California Press, 2009, pp. 79-91.
  •  ‘Rumi,’ in The Blackwell Companion to the Qur’an, ed. A. Rippin, Blackwell, Oxford, 2006, pp. 362-72.
  •  ‘Getting drunk with Abu Yazid or staying sober with Junayd: the creation of a popular typology of Sufism,’
    Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 66/1 (2003), pp. 1-13. (Reprinted in L. Ridgeon,
    ed., Sufism: Critical Concepts, Routledge, 2008.)
Selected Awards and Distinctions
  • The 2005 Lois Roth Prize for Translation of Persian Literature, The American Institute of Iranian Studies for
    The Masnavi: Book One; see above)

Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • Middle East Studies Association
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Association for the Study of Persianate Societies
  • International Society of Iranian Studies
  • 2013, Member of Editorial Board of the journal Sufi.