Dr. Hamid Mavani got his Ph.D. from McGill University. Visiting Faculty in Islamic Studies at Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School, Mavani is the author of Religious Authority and Political Thought in Twelver Shi‘ism: From Ali to Post-Khomeini.

“I normally get attracted to people who have intellectual humility. Because there are lots of arrogance, in the Academy, wherever you go, whether you are in university, whether you are in Islamic centers, whether you are in colleges, business world, there’s a lot of arrogance and self-praise, self-aggrandizement. One thing I find about him is a sense of that humility. I think that’s appealing as well.”

“The unique features of the Hizmet Movement is the wide, expansive, you know, the reach that they have. My understanding is that they have presence in so many countries, and that gives you a network, and that itself mobilizes a sense of empowerment, a sense of unification for different projects.”

“I think he’s a very sincere, humble person who wants to do whatever he can to promote the welfare of humanity, and I think it’s very hard to find those kinds of people. As far as this kind of critiques, it’s not uncommon. Great people always receive criticism.”