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Toshio Kuroda (professor)

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Toshio Kuroda
Died6 May 2017
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionIslamic philosophy
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Islamic philosophy

Toshio Kuroda was a Japanese professor emeritus of Islamic studies and an author of many books on Islam and other religions. He is the author of scholarly books and articles.[1] He taught at the Iran Research Institute of Philosophy in Tehran.[2]

Life and academic career

Kuroda was a professor of philosophy at the Iran Research Institute of Philosophy, in Tehran, formerly the Imperial Iranian Academy of Philosophy. He returned to Japan after the Iranian Revolution in 1979. He wrote, seemingly more assiduously, many books and articles in Japanese on Oriental thought and its significance.[3]


Kuroda is the author and translator of over twenty books on topics such as Islamic history, Islamic economics and Islamic philosophy. He translated The elements of Islamic Metaphysics by Muhammad Husayn Tabataba'i.[4] He completed the translation of the Nahj al-Balagha to Japanese. [5]

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Islamic economics

Islamic economics

Islamic economics refers to the knowledge of economics or economic activities and processes in terms of Islamic principles and teachings. Islam has a set of special moral norms and values about individual and social economic behavior. Therefore, it has its own economic system, which is based on its philosophical views and is compatible with the Islamic organization of other aspects of human behavior: social and political systems.

Islamic philosophy

Islamic philosophy

Islamic philosophy is philosophy that emerges from the Islamic tradition. Two terms traditionally used in the Islamic world are sometimes translated as philosophy—falsafa, which refers to philosophy as well as logic, mathematics, and physics; and Kalam, which refers to a rationalist form of Scholastic Islamic theology which includes the schools of Maturidiyah, Ashaira and Mu'tazila.

Nahj al-Balagha

Nahj al-Balagha

Nahj al-Balagha is the best-known collection of sermons, letters, and sayings attributed to Ali ibn Abi Talib, fourth Rashidun Caliph, first Shia Imam and the cousin and son-in-law of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. It was collected by al-Sharif al-Radi, a renowned Shia scholar in the tenth century AD. Known for its moral aphorisms and eloquent content, Nahj al-Balagha is widely studied in the Islamic world and has considerably influenced the field of Arabic literature and rhetoric. Ibn Abil-Hadid, the author of an in-depth commentary on the book, believes that Nahj al-Balagha is "above the words of men and below the words of God." The authenticity of Nahj al-Balagha has long been the subject of lively polemic debates, though recent scholarship suggests that most of the content can indeed be attributed to Ali.

Awards and honors

In 2012, he won one of the top prizes at the 29rd edition of Iran Book of the Year Award.[6]


Kuroda died in Japan on 6 May 2017.

Source: "Toshio Kuroda (professor)", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th),

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  1. ^ "the translator of Nahj al-Balagha" (in Persian). iqna.
  2. ^ "the translator of Nahj al-Balagha" (in Persian). iqna.
  3. ^ "Toshio Kuroda" (in Persian). Fars News Agency.
  4. ^ "the translator of Nahj al-Balagha" (in Persian). iqna.
  5. ^ "the translator of Nahj al-Balagha" (in Persian).
  6. ^ "World Prize for the Book of the Year names winners". ibna. 9 February 2012.

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