old RIHU at a Glance

Research Institute of Hawzah[1] and University (RIHU) is recognized as one of Iran's foremost official education and research center in the field of humanities and social sciences. In the course of several decades of its efforts and works and with the contribution of well-known professors, intellectuals and scholars educated at higher levels of both Hawzah and university, has moved towards the development of humanities and social sciences. Research Institute of Hawzah and University was founded in 1982, primarily named "the Office of Hawzah and University Cooperation", aiming for the implementation of a preliminary plan for "Islamization of human sciences", based on the guidance of Imam Khomeini, the supreme leader and founder of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. It stepped on the path of development and progress as far as is known today as a leading pilot for the reconstruction of human sciences. With keen insight and utmost perseverance, RIHU tries to be a scientific pole in Islamic human sciences. Given the history of 30 years of noteworthy activities and brilliant experiences through expansion of boundaries of research and education in the area of Islamization of human sciences, RIHU has gained significant accomplishments including:

  • Production of more than 300 books,

  • Publication of 6 scientific journals,

  • Preparation and compilation of textbooks and topics of human sciences,

  • Serious and influential role playing in the related councils and conferences concerning Islamization of human sciences,

  • Satisfaction of research and development needs of various related institutes and organizations,

  •  Collaborating with foreign publishers in translation and publication of RIHU's works in international languages,

  • Achievement of 130 top rated rankings and awards in national scientific events and conferences,

  • Holding successfully more than 20 post graduate and doctoral programs and courses,

  • Implementation of major national projects in the realm of human sciences,

  • Signing 110 memorandums of understanding and agreements with important scientific research and education centers,

  • Attending international scientific communities and gatherings to present RIHU's works,

  • Expansion of scientific diplomacy in widening interactions with international research and education centers, institutes and universities.

A summary of proceedings, developments and achievements of RIHU, during 30 years of scientific production, is reviewed below:

Imam Khomeini (R.A.) on June 12, 1980 issued a decree for establishment of Cultural Revolution Headquarters. These headquarters were charged to take measures in planning the Islamization of universities. Following Imam Khomeini's decree to benefit from Qom seminary's (Hawzah) elites in planning humanities' disciplines, as requested by the head office of the Cultural Revolution, Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom planned a program concerning all subjects in various courses of humanities and social sciences and for the cultural policy of the universities in future on the basis of Islamic culture and values through selection of efficient, committed and vigilant professors and for other issues relevant to the Islamic academic revolution.

Aiming for the execution of a preliminary plan for "reconstruction of human sciences based on Islamic teachings", the Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom in collaboration with Dar Rahe Hagh Institute provided the establishment plan of "the Office of Hawzah and University Cooperation" in 1982. After confirmation of the head office, this plan was also approved by Imam Khomeini (R.A.). The first term of the office activity lasted about 15 months and consisted of three stages. Most efforts of the office during this period was focused on investigation and critique of human sciences' principles and foundations for holding seminars and conferences in defense of Islamic human sciences. Some of the Office achievements in this period are as follows:

  • Revision and restoration of seven major humanities disciplines including: economics, sociology, law, political sciences, psychology and educational sciences,

  •  Planning theological courses based on the Holy Quran for the university professors,

  • Holding 170 meetings and seminars with the aim of criticizing the basics of western human sciences,

  • Compilation of 179 treatises on  key issues of six humanities disciplines,

  In 1990 following a period of successful activity, "the Office of Hawzah and University Cooperation" was officially accepted as one of the establishments cooperating with "the Organization for Studying and Compilation of University textbooks in Human Sciences " (SAMT). In this term, the most striking efforts of the office were as follows:

  • Training human resources knowledgeable in both Hawzah and university sciences,

  • Interaction with country's organizations, institutes and centers to analyze and meet their needs,

  • Establishment of six departments including psychology, educational sciences, management, law, history and sociology and training 40 clerics of Qom seminary to obtain  M.A. in various related branches of humanities and social sciences,

  • Publication of "Quarterly Journal of  Hawzah and University",

  • Establishment and preparation of a specialized library to meet the goals of this movement and developing information and communication technology,

  • Providing a schema of a research and education organization to promote the support and provide better funding,

In 1999 following a period of fruitful activity, due to its remarkable success in research and production of books and scientific researches, as supported by the Supreme Leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution, endorsed by the High Council of Qom Seminary and with ratification of the Council of Development of Higher Education, "the Office of Hawzah and University Cooperation" under the title of "the Research Circle of Hawzah and University" was officially accepted as one of the establishments and a body affiliated to the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. After the second short period of prominent and fruitful research and scientific activities in 2003, it was given the title of "Research Center of Hawzah and University" and finally in 2004 was named "Research Institute of Hawzah and University".

The Research Institute thereby consists of three separate centers: "Research Center of Social Sciences", "Research Center of Behavioral Sciences" and "Research Center of Islamic Sciences". All these three research centers are working on proposals and production of scientific-research topics. In this era, through the development and promotion of the Office to Institute great achievements had arisen. Though limitations such as space, hindered development. Hence, the RIHU's new building, located in Qom, constructed with a total area of  35000 m2  and the substructure of 18000 m2 and was launched in 2009.

So far this Research Institute thereby containing three research centers and eleven departments with the assistance of 50 faculty members and 70 researchers with educations both at Hawzah and university levels and 50 administrative and research staffs in various fields feels a commitment to university and Hawzah members, and at the same time tries to meet the needs of both the system and Islamic society to make its scientific achievements accessible to all researchers and those who are interested, in any suitable form of books, essays, research, educational and advisory services, etc. Some of the achievements of the Institute in this period are as follows:

  • Production of more than 300 books, textbooks and pamphlets in the field of  humanities and social sciences,

  • Publication of 6 scientific journals,

  • Translation and international publication of more than 15 books of the RIHU in Arabic, English, Russian, and Urdu,

  • Holding dozens of annual conferences and seminars,

  • Launching some post graduate and doctoral programs and courses,

  • Organizing to hold 400 scientific seminars and gatherings to develop Islamic humanities and social sciences,

  • Planning to hold 43 scientific chair concerning theorization, innovation, criticism and propagation of Islamic teachings and values in the field of human and social sciences,

It is also noteworthy to mention that the Library of RIHU, which possesses 80,000 volumes of books in Persian and Arabic and 8000 volumes of books in other languages, has been known as one of the most magnificent libraries of Iran and supplies researchers and members of the Research Institute of Hawzah and University with suitable scientific and research sources. Now, research facilities and organizational structure of RIHU is introduced:

Research Center for Islamic Sciences:

This research center with departments of history of Islam, Quranic studies, philosophy and theology, and law has published 157 books, pamphlets and textbooks until the end of 2015 and 62 research projects are being conducted. The research center's works have achieved top rankings and awards in scientific national events for 62 times. It benefits from 27 faculty members of Hawzah and universities in scientific councils responsible for explanation and articulation of scientific frameworks of four related departments. Of these, 13 are faculty members of the RIHU and 14 are members of other research institutes and universities.

Research Center for Social Sciences:

It consists of four departments: sociology, management, economics and political sciences. This research center has published 86 books, pamphlets and textbooks till the end of 2015 and 48 research projects are in progress. Its works have gained 26 top rated rankings in various related scientific events. This research center uses 30 faculty members as associates of scientific councils who supervise the present research and development programs of the departments. Of these, 15 are faculty members of the RIHU and 15 are faculty members at other centers. It also publishes three scientific – research rated journals: Semi-annual Journal of Iran's Economic Essays, Semi-annual Journal of Islam and Social Sciences and Semi-annual Journal of "Islam and Management".

Research Center for Behavioral Sciences:

Three departments are involved in the research and development programs of the Research Center of Behavioral Sciences, namely, psychology, educational sciences and philosophy of sciences. It has published 84 books, pamphlets and textbooks by the beginning of 2016 and 23 research projects are proceeding now. The works produced by this research center have won top rankings in scientific events for 63 times. 19 faculty members cooperate with this division of RIHU. Of these, thirteen faculty members are official members of scientific board of RIHU and six are faculty members of other MSRT affiliated universities and institutes. Quarterly Journal of Methodology of Human Sciences, Semi-annual Journal of Educational Sciences and Semi-annual Journal of Islam and Psychology are the main publications issued by this research center.

Education: post graduate and doctoral courses:

Moving toward the development of educational interdisciplinary courses appropriate for the mission of the research institute, RIHU has undertaken to hold post graduate and doctoral courses since 1995. For post graduate programs, RIHU held the following courses:

  • History of Islam,

  • Psychology,

  • Sociology,

  • Philosophy of education,

  • Quranic and Hadiths sciences with focus on interpretation,

  • Studies of Shi’a history,

  • Public administration,

RIHU arranged to hold these courses for Ph.D:

  • Islamic economics,

  • Quran and Hadiths sciences with focus on interpretation,

  • Psychology,

  • Sociology,

  • Public administration; organizational behavior,

  • Philosophy of education,

RIHU’s Journals:

Journals published by RIHU are as follows:

  1. Quarterly Journal of Methodology of Human Sciences: this journal is the first of its kind that investigates, scrutinizes and criticizes the philosophical and methodological foundations of human sciences and attempts to explore and infer the Islamic views and principles in the field of humanities and social sciences. It ranked first in the Farabi scientific Award.

  2. Semi-annual Journal of Iran’s Economic Essays: it began to work from 2004 aimed at research in the field of Islamic economics and key issues of Iran’s economy. Iran’s Economic Essays is a leading journal concerning Iran’s economy with an Islamic approach.

  3.  Semi-annual Journal of Islamic Education: this is the foremost scientific – research ranked journal in the field of Islamic education. Department of educational sciences with the publication of this journal tries to examine most notable issues and problems of this field of science with the help of other researchers and scholars working on education and prepare the ground for the expansion and development of Islamic education.

  4. Semi-annual Journal of Islam and Psychology: this journal aimed to release researches on Islamic approaches towards prevailing theories of psychology and attempts to provide the field for the scientific production and theorization for the growth of Islamic psychology.

  5. Semi-annual Journal of Islam and Social Sciences Studies: the major mission of this journal is performing fundamental, developmental and practical researches about social sciences and their relations with religion, mainly Islam; moreover, it deals with reviewing and criticizing existing sociological schools.

  6.  Semi-annual Journal of Islam and Management: working on principles, foundations and problems of management from the perspective of Islam is its most prominent task so that it is in its way towards achieving the scientific – research ranking from the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology.

RIHU’s Vision:

Utilizing both Hawzah and universities potentials and capacities and making the best out of scholars and intellectuals of these two institutions, in the light of theorizing about the relations of Islam and human sciences, Research Institute of Hawzah and University tries to move towards the implementation of its major mission in unification of Hawzah and university and aims to be a scientific pole in Islamic human sciences in a universal horizon. RIHU is taking yet higher steps in expansion of the boundaries of Islamic and national human sciences. In this way, on the basis of its strategic act which reflects its overall orientation, in the organizational level, RIHU by 2025 will be seen as an outstanding and influential institute with an Islamic approach in the field of human and social sciences in the region.


[1]: Name of Islamic seminaries in Iran, the most important of which (Hawzah-ye Elmiyeh-e Qom) is located in Qom.