Damad is one of very few high-level clerics in Iran to have been educated in international law in the West. Damad is a forceful advocate for a more progressive interpretation of Sharia. He is a very well-respected scholar, Dean of the Department of Islamic Studies at The Academy of Sciences of Iran and a professor of Law and Islamic Philosophy at Tehran University. In October 2010, at the Pope’s behest, he addressed the Synod in the Vatican, stressing the Muslim view towards Christians as one of friendship, trust and mutual understanding.
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