Iran Restricts Social Sciences Seen As 'Western'
NPR from AP
24-Oct-2010 (4 comments)

Iran has imposed new restrictions on 12 university social sciences deemed to be based on Western schools of thought and therefore incompatible with Islamic teachings, state radio reported Sunday.

The list includes law, philosophy, management, psychology, political science and the two subjects that appear to cause the most concern among Iran's conservative leadership — women's studies and human rights.

"The content of the current courses in the 12 subjects is not in harmony with religious fundamentals and they are based on Western schools of thought," senior education official Abolfazl Hassani told state radio.

Hassani said the restrictions prevent universities from opening new departments in these subjects. The government will also revise the content of current programs by up to 70 percent over the next few years, he said.

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Darius Kadivar

Cool SPink Can Finally Qualify For a PhD Then ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

According to the IRI's New Academic Standards :




Hee Hee 


You are right Fair and Yolanda

by IranFirst on

It is absolutely unacceptable that in 21 st century a Mullah and his terrorist mafia decide to do away with whole branches of education based on barbaric Islam (which dicourages critical thinking and questioning).And why are these fields "Western", India, japan, Korea, ,... and many other civilized countries study and contribute to these subjects. They really should replace the word Western with Civilized.

Dear Fair you are right. The so called Islamic intelectuals (like soroush and the rest) who try to maast maaly and rationatize Islam's human rights violations are worse than the ordinary mullahs who can claim ignorance and just following the book. 



by yolanda on

It sounds like IRI wants to deprive young people of the real world knowledge and do more brain-washing and mind-control! It is absolutely sad that Khamanei has so much power that he alone can decide what subjects people can or can't study!


regime terrified of thought and knowledge

by Fair on

and follows the same approach to education as pol pot and the khmer rouge.  Incidentally, this was the same line followed by the Islamic "intellectuals" like Abdolkarim Soroush- who presided over a 3 year closure of Iranian universities.

This bunch of people have no use for knowledge.  All they need is oil money, terrorists, and thugs, and professional liars.