April 19, 2008 -
Introduction The Islamic Studies program at Iran University of Science and Technology introduces students to the major methodological and theoretical issues in the study of the Islamic tradition. Students study classical and contemporary topics from an Islamic perspective. The expressed goal for offering these courses is to situate the study of Islam within a globalized world. Accordingly the curriculum covers topics of recent scholarly significance including Islamic thought, the relationship between human and religion, Islamic history, Islamic civilization, and Islam and politics. These courses help develop strong individuals well equipped for a variety of post-graduate opportunities in academia, government, and life. The Islamic Studies program at IUST was founded in 1981 shortly after the victory of the Islamic Republic, where the need for observing religious and spiritual awareness in higher education institutions became evident. The staff of the Cultural Revolution, which had been formed by the command of the Late Imam Khomeini (ra) established the first Islamic Studies codification program, and asked the Ministry of Culture and Higher Education to incorporate twelve Islamic Studies credits into a student’s study program. The IUST Islamic Studies program has 9 faculty members and four staff members in two areas of research and academics. Each semester nearly three thousand students complete sixteen courses in Islamic Studies. In addition to managing the regular curriculum, Islamic Studies faculty members conduct research in Islamic research centers, and cooperate with the vice chancellery for research on university and student related topics. Courses: The Islamic Studies program at IUST is situated in an allocated location and offers the following courses: Credits Pre-Requisites Requisites 1 Theoretical Orientation of Islam 1 Islamic Thought 1 (Origin and Resurrection) (Islamic Studies 1) 2 4 credits chosen from tier 1 2 Human in Islam 2 3 Social and Political Rights in Islam 2 4 Islamic Thought 2 (Leadership) (Islamic Studies 2) Islamic Thought 1 and/or Islamic Studies 1 2 Islamic Ethics 1 Ethics Philosophy 2 2 credits chosen from tier 2 2 Islamic Ethics (principles and concepts) 2 3 Ritual of Life (applied ethics) 2 4 Practical Mysticism in Islam 2 3 The History of Islamic Civilization 1 The History of Islamic Culture and Civilization 2 2 credits chosen from tier 3 2 Analytical History of Islam 2 3 The History of Imamat 2 4 Islamic Texts 1 Thematic Interpretation of the Quran 2 2 credits chosen from Tier 4 2 Thematic Interpretation of the Nahj ul Balaghah 2 5 The Islamic Revolution 1 The Islamic Revolution in Iran 2 2 credits chosen from Tier 5 2 Introduction to the Islamic Republic Constitution 2 3 The Political Vision of the Imam Khomeini (ra) 2 Important Note: A new course entitled “The History of Culture and Civilization of Islam and Iran” has been added to the Islamic Studies program, which is different from the course “The History of Islamic Culture and Civilization”. Students who enroll after 2008 are required to complete this course, and students who enrolled prior to 2008 are not required to take this course.