ISU at a glance

 | Post date: 2019/09/7 | 

ISU was founded in 1361 (solar AH), 1402 (lunar AH), 1983 AD, in Tehran. The mission of this university was combining Islamic Studies with Humanities, a stance that was rooted in the founders’ perceptive recognition of the split between Howza (Islamic seminary schools) and universities in pre-revolution era.
The main source of inspiration was the preaching and guidance of Imam Khomeini who, time and again, insisted on the mischievous plot of colonial powers to create a chasm between the two influential institutions.

Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani , a faithful disciple of Imam Khomeini, and a militant who had suffered imprisonment, torture, and exile during the reign of Pahlavi regime, was appointed the president of ISU, thus initiating the preliminary steps towards accomplishing the goal, together with employing the routine ethical and educational principles of Howzas.

In this system, students are to take courses in Islamic studies next to their major in humanities. ISU has single-sex campuses, one for boys and one for girls since many Iranian families are willing to send their children to universities with a religious atmosphere, a fact much observed by ISU authorities, who have endeavored to offer a healthy environment as the basis of a scientific institution. The subjects of studies and majors in each campus are as follows:
Continuous M.A. for male students:
  • Islamic Studies , Theology and Guidance
  • Islamic Studies and Political Science
  • Islamic Studies and Law
  • Islamic Studies and Management
  • Islamic Studies and Economics
  • Islamic Studies , Culture and Communication
  • PH.D. for male students:
  • Theology and Islamic Studies
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Culture and Communication
  • Management
B.A. for female students:
  • Islamic Studies and Education
  • Philosophy and Islamic Theology
  • Law
  • Islamic Jurisprudence(Fiqh) and Law
  • M.A. for female students:
  • Educational Management
  • Family Rights
ISU’s next step has undertaken research in Islam and Humanities. The task started a few years after its establishment and is still continuing.
The goal of ISU is graduating scholars in both Islamic studies and humanities in its conventional modern sense. This, certainly, is a long-term achievement, and ISU has devoted a lot to its attainment.