Global Award of Islamic Humanities underway
23 May 2012 12:24
Hojatoleslam Gholami, head of policymaking council of the first Int'l Congress of Islamic Humanities announced the establishment of a new global award of Islamic humanities to the best theory in this field, asserting that the nongovernmental award will be granted from next year as a new criterion for evaluation of scientific activities.
IBNA: The first International Congress of Islamic humanities was held on Sunday Morning (May 20) with the presence of Iranian and foreign thinkers.
According to Hojatoleslam Reza Gholami, head of the policymaking council of the congress, said: "The issue of the revolution of humanities has always been the main concern of our literati in academies and in seminaries. During these years it has been somehow neglected by the authorities, yet it was never put aside from the agenda of our thinkers. We are not standing on point zero of devising principles of human sciences; we are actually underway."
Then referring to the defects of secular humanities he said: "These sciences could be criticized from many aspects. They not only cannot address basic questions of human beings, they also fail to understand the true nature of man and Islamic societies and therefore have nothing to offer to these societies. Along with Muslim thinkers, western scholars have also become the main criticizers of secular sciences."
Gholami added: "On the one hand the social challenges rising from the expansion of nihilism and on the other hand the rise of the Wall Street Movement, are the main signs of the failure of secular human sciences. The secular systems and theories have done their bests to purify the capitalist system."
Then calling attention to the capacities of Islamic sciences, he said: "Islamic Sciences based on Shia Science can address the questions of human beings as well as offer solutions for them and this have been proved after the revolution."
Gholami regarded humanities as the leading lamp of human development and added: "Iran is developing, and entrance of secular humanities to Iran is not reasonable in such conditions. It is clear that the Islamic Revolution intellectualism, trying to keep balance, has never refuted the present humanities and only tries to redefine it."
He added: "No doubt, fundamental transformation in humanities leading to Islamic Humanities is only achieved through purposed research that in highest level is to formulate systems and theories."
He went on to insist that this is only possible under support of Cultural Revolution council and the procedure should move from the peripheral to the text of universities and seminaries.
Gholami added that the International Congress of Humanities will be held either annually or biannually with the cooperation of 37 centers and the synergy will be a great opportunity for discussing the long held issue of Islamic humanities.
According to him the main goal of the congress is to find about how to transform humanities, and the juries have found most of the articles acceptable.
Gholami regarded the establishment of the Global Award of Islamic Humanities as the most important event in the congress that will be given to the most superior theory in the field of Islamic Human Sciences beginning next year. It would be a new criterion for evaluating scientific activities.