Iran: Some academic courses too ‘Western’

Iran will not allow its universities to begin teaching certain courses it deems too “Western,” and existing courses will be revised, a senior Education Ministry said yesterday.

“Expansion of 12 disciplines in the social sciences like law, women’s studies, human rights, management, sociology, philosophy, … psychology and political sciences will be reviewed,” Abolfazl Hassani was quoted as saying.

“These sciences’ contents are based on Western culture. The review will be the intention of making them compatible with Islamic teachings.”

Hassani said Iranian universities will not be allowed to open new departments in these disciplines and the curricula for existing departments would be revised.

Iran’s hard-line rulers accuse the West of trying to harm the Islamic state by influencing the country’s young generation with “decadent” culture.

Pointing to the enrolment of some 2 million out of a total of 3.5 million university students in the humanities, in August Iran’s most powerful figure, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called for modification of these studies.

“Many disciplines in the humanities are based on principles founded on materialism disbelieving the divine Islamic teachings,” Khamenei said in a speech. 


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