RIHU at a Glance

Research Institute of Hawzah 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[1] 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,
  • 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.
  • 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,

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.

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.


research facilities and organizational structure

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 human 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.



 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.