Attendance of Psychology Department Members of "RIHU" at the Thirty-First International Congress of Psychology

8/3/2016

Two members of the Psychology Department of RIHU participated at at the thirty-first International Congress of Psychology held in Yokohama, Japan from 24 to 29 July.

The public relations reports that, the international conference has been held every four years by International Association of Psychological Science (IUPsyS), the issues of current conference was around "diversity in harmony, insight into the psychology".

Dr. Jan Bozorgi The Associate Professor of Psychology Department of RIHU, presented his novel treatment titled " spiritually multidimensional treatment" and Hujjat al-Islam Dr. Azerbaijani, the another  Associate Professor of Psychology Department of RIHU presented a paper titled "the role of religion in unity and disunity".  The two papers were welcomed by participants.

Public Relations of Research Institute congratulated, the successful presentations of  Dr. Jan Bozorgi and Dr. Azarbayejani and wished more success in the international arena for the two members of RIHU.

Research Institute of Hawzah and University (RIHU)

"Hawzah wa Dāneshgāh Research Institute"

The pioneer of national and international contribution in Islamization of humanities and social sciences;

An approach to new Muslims' civilization

Mission Statement

The Research Institute of Hawzah[1] and University (RIHU); "Hawzah wa Dāneshgāh Research Institute" has been recognized as one of Iran's leading official research-oriented and educational institute in the field of humanities and social sciences from the viewpoint of Islamic approaches. In the course of several decades of its efforts and accomplishments and with the contribution of well-known professors, intellectuals and scholars with educations both at higher levels of Hawzah and university, moves toward the improvement of humanities and social sciences based on pure Islamic approaches. 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 (PBUH), 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 principal pilot for the reconstruction of human sciences based on the pure Islamic perspectives. RIHU established on the belief that the recognition of human values is among the most important foundations of human civilizations, as well as Islamic civilization. According to this belief, the philosophy of existence of this research institute is as following: "Theorization about the relations of religion and human sciences and expansion of the boundaries of Islamic and national humanities". With keen insight and utmost perseverance, RIHU tries to be a scientific pole in Islamic human sciences in a universal horizon. RIHU feels a commitment to university and Hawzah members more than others, and at the same time attempts to satisfy the needs of Islamic society. This research institute benefits from modern methods and equipment's in research and information processing grounds. RIHU makes its scientific achievements accessible to all researchers and those who are interested, in any suitable form of books, essays, periodicals, educational and advisory services.  

 

Achievements:

Given the history of 38 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:

  • Serious effort to meet the research needs of the country's policy-makers and executors and provide research, educational and advisory services,
  • Thoughtful and influential role-playing in the related councils and conferences concerning Islamization of human sciences and specialized meetings and committees at national, regional and local levels, especially the “Specialized Council for Human Sciences Development and Promotion”,
  • Collaboration in the formulation and compilation of human sciences courses and textbooks,
  • Collaborating with foreign publishers in translation and publication of RIHU's works in international languages,
  • Holding more than 35 theorization, innovation and promotion tribunes,
  • Organizing to hold 450 scientific seminars and gatherings to develop Islamic humanities and social sciences,
  • Establishment of incubation center entitled "Navid Bakhsh'e Rahaeei" and participation in the implementation of the plan viz. "cleaning and rehabilitation of the villages and cities of the country from addiction and divorce",
  • Establishment of incubation center entitled "Salamat'e Navid'e Niayesh"; working on spiritual care,
  • Founding of family counseling center- specialized Islamic psychology clinic in the field of family and marriage,
  • Signing 135 memorandums of understanding and agreements with important scientific research and education centers in both national and international levels,
  • Providing more than 500 consulting and clinical research services to applicant organizations and institutions,   
  • Publication of 6 scientific journals,
  • Production of more than 450 books in the field of humanities and social sciences with an Islamic approach,
  • Achievement of 171 top rated rankings and awards in national scientific events and conferences,
  • Preparation and compilation of textbooks and formulation of topics and subject matters of human sciences,
  • Attending international scientific communities and gatherings to present RIHU's works,
  • Holding successfully more than 20 post graduate and doctoral programs and courses,
  • Expansion of scientific diplomacy in widening interactions with international research and education centers, institutes and universities.

 

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 light of theorizing about the relations of Islam and human sciences, Research Institute of Hawzah and University tries to move toward 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.

 

History and Background

Now, a summary of history, developments and achievements of RIHU, during 35 years of scientific production, has been reviewed:

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 and 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 and 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 450 meetings and seminars with the aim of criticizing the principles 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 Study 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 identify and satisfy 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 with the goals of this movement and developing information and communication technology,
  • Providing a schematic 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 Sciences, Researches and Technology. After another 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 consisting 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. But because of barriers such as limited space, its development was faced with difficulties. Hence, the RIHU's new building, located in Qom, constructed with a total area of 35 thousand square meters and the substructure of 18 thousand square meters and was launched in 2009.

So far this Research Institute thereby containing three research centers and eleven departments and with the assistance of 50 faculty members and 190 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 satisfy the needs of both the system as well as Islamic society and makes 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 450 books, textbooks and pamphlets in the field of  humanities and social sciences,
  • Publication of 6 scientific journals,
  • Translation and international publication of more than 76 books of the RIHU in Arabic, English, Russian, Urdu, Chinese, Turkey and etc. 
  • Holding dozens of annual conferences and seminars,
  • Launching some post graduate and doctoral specialized programs and courses,
  • Organizing to hold 450 scientific seminars and gatherings to develop Islamic humanities and social sciences,

 

Governing Body

RIHU is affiliated to Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of I.R. Iran. The governing body of RIHU includes:

The President

The Board of Trustees

The Institute Council

 

Research Body

Since its foundation in 1982, the Research Institute of Hawzah and University has been a research – oriented institution. The Research Body of the RIHU includes:

Deputy of Research, Education and Technology;

Office for Management of Research Affairs and Scientific Cooperation

Office for Higher Education

Specialized Library

Office for Information Technology

Given the importance of research among the objectives of the institute, specialized research centers were established as affiliated departments to improve academic research activities. The institute compromises of three research centers, namely:

Research Center of Behavioral Sciences:

Four research groups are involved in the research and development programs of the Research Center of Behavioral Sciences, namely, psychology, educational sciences, philosophy of sciences and family studies. It has published 117 books, pamphlets and textbooks by the beginning of 2019 and 31 research projects are proceeding now. The works produced by this research center have won top rankings in scientific events more than 65 times. Thirteen faculty members cooperate with this division of RIHU. All of them are official members of scientific board of RIHU. 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.

Research Center of Social Sciences:

It consists of four research groups: economics, sociology, political sciences and management. This research center has published 120 books, pamphlets and textbooks till the end of 2018 and 69 research projects are in progress now. Its works have gained more than 30 top rated rankings in various related scientific events. This research center uses sixteen faculty members who are in the employment of the RIHU. 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 of Islamic Sciences:

This research center compromises of five research groups, namely: history of Islam, law, philosophy and theology and Quran studies. It has published 220 books, pamphlets and textbooks until the end of 2018 and now 113 research projects are being conducted. The research center's works have achieved top rankings and awards in scientific national events more than 70 times. It consists of twenty one faculty members responsible for explanation, articulation and compilation of scientific frameworks of four related departments.

 

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,
  • Quran 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:

RIHU currently publishes six peer-reviewed journals. All of them are indexed in high quality international scientific databases:

  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 with the aim of 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. Dept. 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.

 

 

 

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