The First News Conference of the 10th Farabi International Award Was Held

 | Post date: 2018/03/10 | 
According to the Public Relations Department of the Institute for Social and Cultural Studies of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, on Tuesday, March 6, in the first news conference of the 10th Farabi Award, Dr. Hossein Mirzaie, the head of the Secretariat of the 10th Farabi International Award, referring to the scientific authority of the Award in the Humanities and Islamic Studies said: "Today, the Farabi Award has achieved its stability and authority, and it is fortunately supported by universities and national and international scientific assemblies." It is the award honor that we hear from various platforms why their works are not selected at the Farabi Award. Our work is to identify and introduce the best works and scholars.

At the meeting, referring to the foreign winners of the 9th Award from Iraq, Ireland, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lebanon and Afghanistan, Dr. Mirzaie announced the call of receiving works for the 10th Farabi Award. Accordingly all the researchers in the fields of Iranian and Islamic Studies are invited to send their works, including doctoral dissertations, books and researchers, written and conducted on Iranian and Islamic Studies, from April 2015 to March 2018 to the Secretariat of the Award. Or more information please visit the Farabi Award website: www.farabiaward.ir

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The First Meeting of the 10th Farabi International Award Policy Council Was Held

 | Post date: 2018/03/10 | 
According to the Public Relations Department of the Institute for Social and Cultural Studies of the Ministry of Science, and quoted from the General Directorate of Public Relations of the Ministry of Science, the first meeting of the policy council of the 10th Farabi International Award on Humanities and Islamic Studies was held in the office of the Minister of Science. This meeting was attended by Dr. Mansoor Gholami, Minister of Science, Research and Technology and the head of the Farabi Award, Dr. Gholamreza Ghaffari, Deputy Minister for Culture and Society of the Ministry of Science and the secretary of the Award and other members of the Award Policy Council.
In this meeting, Dr. Hossein Mirzai, Secretary of the 9th Farabi Award and the Director of the Permanent Secretariat of the Award, presented the Executive Report of the 9th Award. Subsequently, the Policy Council members, while expressing their views and opinions, explained the special policies of the 10th period of Farabi International Award.
During the meeting, also it was stipulated that the necessary pre-requisites for recall of receiving and registering research works should be provided at the 10th Award.
The Farabi International Award is being hosted by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology and participation of national and international accredited centers such as UNESCO, ISESCO and the National Elite Foundation. The closing ceremony of the 9th Farabi Award was also held on the January, 14th of this year in the presence of the President of Iran at the International Conference Center, and 41 prominent national and international personalities were honored.

 

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Appointment the Head and the Scientific Council Secretary of the Secretariat of the 10th FIA

 | Post date: 2018/02/18 | 

Dr. Mansoor Gholami, Minister of Science, Research and Technology and the Head of the 10th Farabi International Award, appointed Dr. Hossein Mirzaei, head of the Institute for Social and Cultural Studies, to the head of the 10th Farabi Secretariat and Dr. Seyyed Abdul Amir Nabavi, the Faculty member of the Institute as the secretary of the scientific council of the 10th Farabi International Award in separate letters of appointment.

The text of Dr. Mirzai's letter of appointment is: "According to the previous experiences, the commitment and merits of your Excellency and in accordance with Title 1 - Article 7 of the Farabi International Award Rules, you are appointed to the "Head of the Secretariat of the 10th Farabi International Award". Considering the essential role of the Secretariat in organizing this important scientific event in the country, it is hoped that with the plans and efforts, the 10th Farabi Award will be managed properly and desirable as well as the previous periods.

Dr. Gholami also wrote in the text of Dr. Nabavi's letter of appointment: "In view of the scientific experiences, the commitment and merits of you, and in accordance with Title 1 - Article 7 of the Farabi International Award Rules, you are appointed to the" Secretary of the Scientific Council of the 10th Farabi International Award". Considering the important role of the scientific council in holding this important scientific event in the country, it is expected that the received works will be carefully studied and introduced to the humanities community of the country.


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The 9th Farabi International Award Closing Ceremony in Details

 | Post date: 2018/01/14 | 

The 9th Farabi International Award closing ceremony was held on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 with the presence of the President, the Minister of Science, heads of universities and institutes of higher education, professors and scholars of the humanities and Islamic sciences in the International Conference Center.

According to the Directorate for Advertising and Information of the 9th Farabi International Award, the President emphasized the importance of the humanities status. President Rouhani described development possible through progress in the humanities and Islamic sciences and stressed: “A kind of science leads us to development if it considers Islamic sciences and humanities as its role model”.

President Hassan Rouhani appeared at the closing ceremony of the 9thFarabi International Award on Sunday in Tehran and said: “Differences in opinions and the way we think must be recognized”.

“Let us respect diversity and disagreements,” said Rouhani adding: “Pressure and mechanical unity is dangerous for a society’s integrity”

Expressing happiness over attending the event and meeting with intellectuals of the humanities and Islamic Sciences, he added: “I am delighted that the time that the humanities and Islamic sciences were influenced by experimental and technical sciences is over”.

“Development is not possible without progress in the humanities and Islamic sciences,” said the President, continuing: “Proper governance leads the society in the right direction”.

Stating that “if the humanities is not the pioneer of society and industry, industry will turn into counter-society” he also went on to say: “Fascists also apparently use knowledge, like those who use nuclear knowledge to destroy societies and humanity”.

“A clear example of this is the nuclear industry, which can be used in the interest of society in many sciences and techniques, but incorrect and false use of it can destroy society and humanity,” he said.

Dr Rouhani continued: “The fact that the Supreme Leader has prohibited the production and use of weapons of mass destruction means that religion, reason, and ethics should precede knowledge”.

He also said: “A science leads us to development if it considers Islamic sciences and humanities as its role model”.

Saying that the humanities must guide the society, rather than we guide the humanities, President Rouhani added: “The humanities grow in a free society and in the context of criticism and debate”.

“In these couple of weeks, Americans have failed in two issues. One of them is where they wanted to stand against the world’s public opinion and undermine international obligations,” he continued.

The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran also said: “Commitments in domestic and international stages are of a moral nature, or the law and the proper interface of the humanities; the Americans’ attempt to breach these obligations failed. The world stood against the United States. In the last few days, they wanted to violate the international commitments they made in the JCPOA, but you saw the line against it. All countries in the world, apart from one or two countries and a hateful regime, were all integrated against them”.

If a commitment fails, we must mourn for civilisation in society and the world, said Rouhani, adding: “As science and industry advances, if we do not respect international regulations and religious and cross-religious values, if a government violates the obligations of the previous government, it loses credibility”.

“Failing to violate the obligations and resolutions of the United Nations by the White House is a victory for morality and law,” he said, adding that the achievements of the JCPOA can never be vanished by anybody.

The President also stressed that we proved that Iran is truthful and its enemies are liars, saying: “Since the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), oil revenues have doubled and hundreds of foreign investments have been made in Iran”.

“The fact that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announces the closure of the PMD case as a complicated technical and international case, means that Iran has been truthful and the enemies have lied and this victory is everlasting,” he added.

Dr Rouhani also went on to say: “The world and the UN acknowledged Iran’s right to nuclear research and development; the science of law and politics were leading this success”.

“It’s been at least one year since Trump has been trying to kill JCPOA; this means the victory of law over dictatorship,” he continued saying.

The second failure of the Americans was when they interfered in Iran’s internal affairs, said Rouhani adding: “Some people took to the streets and protested rightfully or unrightfully, but I urge everybody to respect all people and if there are people who have been incited and misused these protests with intentions of spying be proved at the court”.

One must be more considered when speaking behind holy podiums, the President said, adding: “We must not insult the society. Some took to the street and protested and some misused these protests but we must not hit them all with the same stick, but we must speak more precisely”.

Stating that finding the origins of protest and its solution are the responsibility of the scholars of the humanities, Rouhani said: “The humanities and the social sciences are the compass for the society; the north and south cannot be changed by slogans”.

Culture is the foundation of all humanities, said the President, adding: “The relationship between doctor and patient is more healing than surgery”.

If we are to have administrative and management reform, it is the work of the humanities, the President continued, and saying: “If you want cyberspace to be useful to the community, come forward with a solution to promote the culture using it instead of blocking it “.

“Iran and our people are great and high-principled; the mission of the humanities and Islamic sciences is to guide the society towards prosperity,” he said.

Dr. Hassan Rouhani commended some of the Award’s winners by presenting the President’s Plaque of honor and special gifts before giving his speeches. After this section, the Minister of Science appreciated the other winners. The full list of the Award’s winners, rank and the selected work can be found here.

Dr. Mansoor Gholami, the Minister of Science, Research and Technology, said in his speech before the President speech: “The formation and strengthening of the humanities elite network is beneficial not only for expanding domestic scientific interactions and scientific communication with abroad, but also in the fulfillment of another important dream is effective, which is the creation and growth of an atmosphere of hope, combined with scientific excellence in society.

He emphasized that such a space would allow for serious and qualitative scientific and research activity in universities, and of course its indirect implications could be lead to the emergence of a constructive dialogue between the administrators and society through mediation of the university.

At the ceremony, attended by Iranian President Dr. Hassan Rouhani and a number of prominent figures of humanities and social sciences, the Minister of Science adding: “We are proud that the 9th Farabi International Award with the presence of top professors of the country and national and international outstanding scholars while being held the seedlings planted yesterday to improve the humanities of the country, today, has become a fruitful tree.

He added: “This yearly academic event holds true the name of al-Farabi, one of the greatest thinkers of Iran, who sought to present a picture of human life and wanted and sought it in a wisdom community.

Gholami expressed his satisfaction in another part of his speech; during these years, the Award has largely achieved goals such as identifying and introducing superior talent of humanities and Islamic sciences, introducing the top works in this field, and encouraging researchers to apply humanities through the examination of the issues and needs of the Iranian community.

He noted that the prominent professors of the humanities in the country have consistently advocated managers and policy makers with appreciation and encouragement of superior talents by supporting this gathering and have emphasized this in different periods.

The Minister of Science explained the effective and important role of the humanities in the process of national planning and policy making in different areas and the creation of a suitable atmosphere for active participation of the humanities and social sciences of Iran at the global level as two important goals of the Farabi International Award and said: It has been well deserved, and the continuity and increasing efforts of my colleagues in the universities and the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology have helped to achieve these two more important goals.

He added that such an approach could create a comparative and competitive atmosphere in the scientific community of Iran, reducing some of the concerns and problems that exist, especially in “the area of ​​effectiveness and observance of research ethics”. Of course, fulfilling this important thing is not possible without continuous cooperation with other institutions and devices.

The Minister of Science emphasized the use of the capacity of the academic community and said: ” It is necessary that the secretariat of the Farabi International Award will pay attention to this matter with the help of scientific and accredited associations for the following Awards.

According to Dr. Gholami, the result of the planning and effectiveness of the activities of institutions such as the Secretariat of the Farabi International Awad will become more apparent when it focuses on the relationship between the various generations of the humanities in Iran and, on the other hand, the humanities and Islamic sciences interaction of the country with international scientific communities.

He went on to state that the necessity of the relationship between successive generations of the humanities in Iran is as important as the feeling and necessity of communication with the scientific and accredited institutions outside the country, he stressed: the attempt to establish elite circles and the elite network of humanities that in the previous Awards is taken seriously and consists of prominent scholars and professors from different periods of time, can be meaningful in this context and has a double significance.

At the end of his speech, Gholami thanked to all the university professors, the national winners of this period of Award, foreign scholars, the secretaries of the 9th Farabi International Award, and in particular the President and his delegation, adding: “Active participation in this ceremony is undoubtedly an encouragement for your servants at the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology to further enhance and improve the status of science in the country with more motivation and power.

In the beginning of the ceremony, the secretary of the 9th Farabi International Award, pointing out that humanities is a critical and socially accountable politician, said: There are some voices in the humanities that need to be heard, but unfortunately, in many cases this happens less, so our social capital has faced some challenges in this field.

Dr. Hossein Mirzaii said: “The humanities is a policymaker which, along with the technical and skillful sciences, have their originality, and its social responsibility is prior to commercialization, and this effective presence and responsibility can open up the corpses.

The head of the Institute for Social and Cultural Studies, saying that the humanities and Islamic sciences inevitably criticize, added: “The humanities are the most important critic servant, because they are preventative and require “an Ounce of prevention better than a pound of cure”.

He called on the President to consider the continued preservation of the status of the winners through institutional and organized continuity, the emphasis on academic autonomy and freedom, and the independence of the science institution for the effectiveness and necessity of avoiding quantitative approach and supporting qualitative approach in the humanities are of to be considered.

Dr. Mirzai added: “The need for attention to prevent brain waste along with brain drain, trust in young people and women in building managerial and scientific affairs, and the transfer of most affairs to them, the most internationalization of the space of education and research in universities, and the need for non-governmental research centers, the requirement for executive agencies to take advantage of the knowledge and experience of the humanities scholars and winners of the country especially in policy making and the need for scientific discussion in the country and government support of this space are among the views and concerns of the winners of Farabi International Award, which due to lack of time these views couldn’t be provided directly, so they are presented in the form of a book as a speech to the President.

He argued with a report on the status of the works of the 9th Farabi Award: the 42 winners were honored in this Award, 14 in the adult section, 14 in the young section and 6 in the foreign section. Also in the ceremony, 2 as the pioneer in humanities, 2 as the pioneer scholars (deceased), 1 top scientific association, 1 top scholarly journal, 1 top translator and 1 top theorist.

The Farabi International Award is annually with the aim of developing and promoting favorable conditions, the emphasis on the necessity of producing humanities and human knowledge in accordance with the needs of the leading Islamic society and creating the motivational and supportive capacities of research and innovation.

Establishing the production of knowledge in the humanities and Islamic sciences, creating a positive attitude toward the humanities and the necessities of its use in explaining human phenomena, introducing the role of the humanities in the development of human knowledge, community management and making civilization in the past and now, the opportunity to comment, critique, strengthen and the development of the idea reload of the humanities in Iran and the Islamic world, the representation of the scientific potential of Iran and the Islamic society in the field of the humanities and Islamic sciences and helping to explain the importance, function and effective role of the humanities in the national and international planning and policy process, are of the macro and long-term goals of the Award.

The micro and short-term goals of the Award include the development of appropriate conditions for encouraging young talents to study and research in the field of human and Islamic sciences, helping to apply the humanities through identifying the most important issues in the range of Iranian society and the Islamic world, and identifying and introducing the superior talents of the humanities and Islamic sciences to benefit from their potential in the process of developing the boundaries of knowledge.


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Mirzaei: Secretariat of the 9th Farabi International Award Receives Electronic Documents

 | Post date: 2017/04/5 | 

Head of the Secretariat of Farabi International Award said the works received for the 9th FIA are in electronic format.

“The Secretariat of the 9th Farabi International Award in the field of Iranian Studies and Islamic Studies started to receive the works of participant researchers in mid-February,” Dr. Hosein Mirzaei said.

“Up to now, eight Awards have been held by the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology and in collaboration with UNESCO, ISESCO, and Iran’s National Elites Foundation, and the Secretariat started preparations for this year’s Award by receiving the works in mid-February,” the Information and Promotion Department of the Secretariat of the 9th Farabi International Award reported him as saying.

 “Like the previous Awards, this year’s Award will include final research reports, books, doctoral dissertations, and master's theses in two categories” he highlighted.

The closing ceremony of the 8th FIA came to a successful end in January in Iran International Conference Center in the presence of the President of Iran, and the closing ceremony of the 9th Award is expected to be held in the second half of the current Iranian calendar year after the evaluation of the received works, Mirzaei added.

It should be mentioned that the deadline for work submission for the 9th Farabi International Award is May 21, and participants can register at www.farabiawarb.ir.


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The Message of Condolence for the Loss of Prof. Dr. Victor Alkek

 | Post date: 2017/03/15 | 

The Minister of Science, Research and Technology, Dr. Farhadi, and his deputy for Social and Cultural affairs, Dr. Sayed Zia' Hashemi expressed their sympathy for the loss of distinguished scholar, Prof. Dr. Victor Alkek.
Professor Alkek, Lebanese Iranologist and poet, was award-winner of the 8th Farabi International Award who could not attend at the ceremony because of illness. His prizes were awarded to Lebanon ambassador in Iran at the event on February 12, 2017.
They also offered Condolences to the prof. Alkek family and all the scholars and researchers on Iran and Islamic studies.


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Farabi International Award launch its 9th period

 | Post date: 2017/03/13 | 

At a press conference held on March 13, 2017, the Secretary of Farabi International Award, Dr. Sayed Zia' Hashemi officially announced the launch of  9th annual FIA.

Referring to the presence of the president Rouhani in Award giving ceremony of the 8th FIA, as well as announcing the mission of Islamic and Humanities sciences, he assessed positive the achievements of the 8th FIA that creating the link between scholars of the humanities era and the award-winners under the title of "elite's network" can be mentioned. 

Deputy Minister for social and culture recalls the maturity of FIA among the scholars of Islamic and humanities sciences, managers and policy-makers in the science domain and says this gained trust is Indebted to the scientific accuracy and consensus in selecting the tops scholars, sympathy among the knowledge companions in order to develope Islamic and Humanities sciences and efforts to its promotion by the main owners of the FIA, that is all scholars and selected researchers.

"regardless of non-diplomatic climate against Iran during the recent months, all the non-Iranian selected researchers presented at the ceremony and received their awards from the president" Hashemi said. He stated that the with the link between Iranian and foreign selected researchers in every edition, FIA has the ability to develop the scientific diplomacy.

The secretary of FIA, announced the Strengths of the 8th FIA comparing to the previous years, such as the presence of university professors in scientific committees and digitalization of the research works submission. He also refers to some of the goals of 9th FIA that is promoting the cooperation with some common scientific and mutual areas with seminary, organized cooperation with scientific departments of top universities, associations and other scientific institution such as research centers, seminaries and international centers, criticism of selected research works and those had been reached to the semi-final phase.

"All this measures will be done with the purpose of using the FIA secretariat capabilities as a base of humanities and Islamic elites in order to solve the community problems and reinforcement of the culture of research, discourse and mobility of research" Hashemi said.

The secretary of FIA invited all the scholars to submit their research works (such as completed research proposals, books, doctoral dissertations and M.A. thesis) through the following web page:

www.farabiaward.ir

The deadline will be May 21, 2017


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7 Foreign Winners Are Praised in FIA Closing Ceremony

 | Post date: 2017/02/14 | 

7 selected foreign works on Iranian Studies and Islamic studies were praised at the closing ceremony of the 8th Farabi International Award.

Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran, Dr. Mohammad Farhadi, Minister of Science, Research, and Technology, and Dr. Seyed Zia Hashemi, Deputy Minister of Science, Research and Technology for Cultural and Social Affairs and the Award Secretary gave a speech at the ceremony, the Information and Promotion Department of the Secretariat of the 9th Farabi International Award reported.

The ceremony was held on Sunday, February 12, and the Iranian President presented the winners with letters of appreciation and cash donations.

Ulrich Marzolph, Vladimer Ivanov, Willem Floor, Francis Richard, Pierfrancesco Callieri, and Victor Alkek received their rewards for their works on Iranian Studies, and Bruno Overleat received his for writing the book “Iron Age in Poshtkouh, Lorestan”.

Their rewards included the Presidential Letter of Appreciation, ISESCO’s Letter of Appreciation, UNESCO’s Letter of Appreciation, Award Memorial, and cash donation.


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The Award-Giving Ceremony of 8th FIA is held

 | Post date: 2017/02/12 | 

The Award-giving ceremony of the 8th Farabi International Award took place on February 12, 2016, in Summit Meeting Conference Hall with the presence of Dr. Hasan Rouhani, president of Islamic Republic of Iran. In this event experts and scholars on the humanities and Islamic studies as well as authorities and policy makers in this era was participated.


In the ceremony the President, Hasan Rouhani, Minister of science, Research and Technology, Mohammad Farhadi, Deputy Minister for Social and Culture, Sayed Zia’ Hashemi addressed speech.

In the international section of 8th FIA, Ulrich Marzolph from Germany, Vlaadimir Ivanov from Russia, Willem Floor from Netherlands, Francis Richard from France, Pierfrancesco Callieri from Italy, Victor Alkek from Lebanon and Bruno Overlaet from Bulgim introduced as selected scholars and received their prizes from the president.


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Deadline for Foreign Works Submission Is Extended to Sep. 21, Head of the Secretariat of the Farabi International Award Says

 | Post date: 2016/09/1 | 

“The deadline for work submission in the foreign sector of the Award was extended till September 21,” Head of the Secretariat of the Farabi International Award said.

 “We extended the deadline for domestic works one week because of the increasing number of requests; but where the foreign section is concerned, we extended it another 20 days to facilitate the process of work submission,” the Information and Advertising Department of the Secretariat of the Eight Farabi International Award quoted Dr. Hosein Mirzaei as saying.

“This way, the applicants will have 20 days to register their works on Iranology and Islamic Studies on the electronic system of this year’s Award,” he added.  

All the foreign researchers in the field of Islamic Studies and Iranology have until September 21 (Wednesday) to register their works, including the final research report, theses, and books written in the past four years (from the beginning of the Iranian New Year in 2012 to the End of the Iranian calendar year in 2016), on the site of the Award.

Where the domestic sector of the Award is concerned, the Secretary has received more than 3700 works from writers, authors, translators and researchers, as well as universities, institutes, and scientific communities. 


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Two Weeks Left till Submission Deadline, Secretary of the Eighth Farabi International Award Announces

 | Post date: 2016/08/20 | 

Only two weeks are left until the deadline to register foreign works at the electronic system of the Award, Secretary of the Eighth Farabi International Award announced, adding that those who are interested in submitting their works on Iranology and Islamic Studies should make sure to do so before the deadline.

All the foreign researchers in the field of Islamic Studies and Iranology have until the end of August 31 (Wednesday)to register their works, including the final research report, theses, and books written in the past four years (from the beginning of the Iranian New Year in2012 to the End of the Iranian calendar year in 2016), on the site of the Award,the Information and Advertising Department of the Secretariat of the Eight Farabi International Award reported.

Where the domestic sector of the Award is concerned, the Secretary has received 3,760 works from writers, authors, translators and researchers, as well as universities, institutes, and scientific communities. 


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Launching a Network of Humanities ElitesAnchorin the Secretariat of Farabi Award

 | Post date: 2016/06/29 | 

“The Secretariat of Farabi Award plans to launch a Network of Humanities Elites, in which the winners of the previous Awards will be present,”Deputy Minister of Science, research and Technology for Cultural Affairs said.

“Farabi Award is a good platform for Humanities to finds its place in the country,” the Information and Advertising Department of the Secretariat of the Eight Farabi International Award quoted Seyed Zia Hashemi as saying at the Iftar ceremony of the Policymaking Council of Farabi Award, held in the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies.

“The Network of Humanities Elites, which is going to be established with the help of the Secretariat of  Farabi Award, will connect the winners of the previous Awards with the prominent experts of the field of Humanities,” he added.

“Since the conclusion of the Seventh Farabi Award, holding the Eighth Farabi International Award was postponed due to some complications. But once the government approved the Award in March, enforcement activities started,” Deputy Minister of Science, research and Technology for Cultural Affairs emphasized. 

Saying that the Eighth Farabi International Award will be held during the Research Week, Hashemi added, “With the approval of the Policymaking Council, the Award has held regular meetings on the process of holding the event.”

Stating that social problems are currently a major issue in the country, he said, “During the variousmeetings government managers and officials had with the Supreme Leader, discussions were made about social problems. With the help of professors ofHumanities, these pathologies should be studied and prevention processed need to be developed.”

Pointing to the recent meeting between academic figures and the Supreme Leader, Deputy Minister of Science, research and Technology for Cultural Affairs said, “If government officials are supposed to receive strategies about the development of our countryfrom academics, these issues should be brought up by professors of Humanities in Iran.”

“The field of culture and knowledge management is somehow the logic behind the field of Humanities,” Hashemi said. “Unfortunately, we are at a very low level in many aspects of Humanities,and our science deserves more than that.”

Referring to the development and facilitation of international interactions inside the country, Deputy Minister of Science, research and Technology for Cultural Affairs said, “In recent months, interactions with foreign universities have increased10 times,and Humanities should also benefit from this potential.”

At another part of the meeting, Hossein Mirzaei, Head of the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies, talked about the small share of Humanities in the creation of knowledge-based companies, adding, “We have had discussions with the Scientific Department to solve this problem.”

“Through the Innovation and Development Fund, the government has shown a lot of support for knowledge-based companies,but most of the established companies in this area are in the field of technical engineering, and the field of Humanities has no place in this area,” Mirzaei said.

“We need to set the right culture in our society, so that knowledge-based companies in the field of Humanities can also be established in the country,” he added.

“Part of the activities aimed at creating knowledge-based companies should be directed at the promotion ofHumanities dialogue in the country, which requires the effort of the pioneers of this field,” Head of the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies said.

Talking about holding the Eighth Farabi International Award, Mirzaei said, “Professors of Humanities should help to send various works to the Award, so that the best ones can be chosen from among them.”

“We are planning to judge the works sent to this Award through electronic means, so that the review process can be done in a quicker fashion,” he added.

“This year, the Eighth Farabi International Award will be held during the Research Week,”Head of the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies emphasized.


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July 15, Deadline for Participation in the Eighth Farabi International Award

 | Post date: 2016/06/28 | 

Saying that the call for participation at the Eighth Farabi International Award has started, the Head of the Award Secretariat added, “A maximum of 35 winners are predicted to receive awards at this festival,” the Information and Advertising Department of the Secretariat of the Eight Farabi International Award reported

Referring to the seven Farabi International Awards held before, Dr. Hosein Mirzaei said, “We are on the eve of the eighth Award and the measurements necessary for holding this award, which were approved by the Board of Ministers and the Award’s Policymaking Council, started last winter.”

Saying that the call for sending works in the field of Humanities for participation at the Award started on May 21, he added, “The deadline for professors, researchers, and students of Humanities to send their works is July 21.”

Pointing out the features of the Eighth Farabi International Award, Mirzaei said, “All the works that will take part in the Award, including research projects, doctoral dissertations, and master's theses, will be received in digital form and through the Award’s electronic system.”

Regarding works that are books, he said, “Since authors do not have the book files, they are asked to send the original books to the Award Secretariat after registering their names and loading the table of contents and book covers on the Award’s website.”

Saying that the Award would be held by the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology and in collaboration with UNESCO, ISESCO, and Iran’s National Elites Foundation, Head of the Award Secretariat added, “The Minister of Science is the Head of the Award and the Deputy Minister of Science for Cultural Affairs is its Secretary, and its permanent Secretariat is located at the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies.”

He went on to say that the Award consisted of the two Adult (professors) and Young (researchers under the age of 35) sections, adding, “In this Award, winners in the categories of the Superior Translator, Veteran Researcher in Humanities, Leading Figures in the Field of Humanities who have passed away, but their works are still relevant, Superior Research-Scientific Journal, and Superior Scientific Forum will be introduced.”

Stressing that more attention is paid to the international section in this award, Mirzaei said, “Therefore, international researchers’ works, especially those about Iranology and Islamic Studies, will be received. Furthermore, with the consultations done with international research centers and the International Department of the Islamic Relations Organization, we are trying to receive and consider more international works.”

Talking about how the works submitted to the Secretariat of the Farabi Award are judged, the Head of the Secretariat said, “In this Award, works in the fields of Language and Literature, History, Geography and Archeology, Social Sciences and Communications, Political Science, International Relations and RegionalStudies, Economics, Management and Accounting, Law, Education, Psychology, Behavioral Science and Physical Education, Philosophy, Theology, Ethics, Religions and Mysticism, Jurisprudence, Principles of the Qur'an and Hadith, Art and Aesthetics, Information Technology, Library Science, Study of the Islamic Revolution and Imam Khomeini, will be evaluated.”

He went on to say that all the works submitted to the Eighth Farabi International Award should belong to the period of March 2012 till the end of February 2015.

“We will still try to launch the country's Network of Humanities Elites in this festival,” Mirzaei highlighted.

Saying that excellent researches on Humanities and Islamic Studies are the main focus of the Farabi Award, Mirzaei added, “The Award will be held with the aim of identifying and introducing top talents in the field of Humanities and Islamic sciences, introducing top works and superior ideas, and promoting the production, enhancement, and localization of Humanities in Iran and the world.”

With reference to the number of Award winners, the Head of the Secretariat said, “Based on the basic policies of the Award, 35 selected works in various sectors will be praised at end of it which will be during the Research Week in December.”


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Patrick Ringgenberg Attends Second Scientific Session of the Eighth Farabi International Award

 | Post date: 2016/06/28 | 

The second session of the Eighth Farabi International Award was attended by Dr. Patrick Ringgenberg, researcher of the Institute of ‘Culture, Religion, and Modernity’ at the University of Lausanne and winner of the sixth Award, and Dr. Ahmad Shakeri, researcher of the Faculty of Cultures and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, the Information and Advertising Department of the Secretariat of the Eight Farabi International Award reported.

In this meeting, which was held on Saturday, May 14, Ringgenberg gave a speech on the subject of “Interdisciplinary Studies in Art” and Shakeri talked about Islamic art and its relationship with different Iranian, Turkish, and Arabic cultures.

Ringgenberg graduated from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, in 2010 with a doctorate degree in Art History, and is working as a researcher at the Institute of ‘Culture, Religion, and Modernity’ at the University of Lausanne. He was elected a winner at the international part of the Sixth Farabi Award. He has published several books, including “A Guide to Iran’s Culture” and “Ornaments in Islamic Arts”.

The meeting was held from 11 to 12 and attended by the members of the Institute. The meeting minutes will be made available on this website later on.


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A Travel Souvenir: Farabi Studies to Be Established at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

 | Post date: 2016/06/28 | 

Head of the Permanent Secretariat of Farabi International Award signed a memorandum of understanding for joint scientific activities, especially with regards to the exchange of professors and students and supporting the establishment of Farabi Studies at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

Dr. Hosein Mirzaei travelled to Almaty, Kazakhstan, to attend the third conference on commemoration of Hakim Abu Nasr Farabi and visit Kazakhstan’s universities, the Information and Advertising Department of the Secretariat of the Eight Farabi International Award reported.

During the three-day trip, he visited Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty and signed the MoU with this science center on the sideline of the third conference on commemoration of Hakim Abu Nasr Farabi and the second joint conference of Shahid Beheshti University and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

At the conference, Mirzaei gave a speech on the “Farabi Utopia and Its Social Contexts” and introduced the Eighth Farabi International Award to researchers who may want to send their works.

On this trip, Director of the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies visited Kazakhstan’s Institute of Oriental Studies and met and talked with Professor Abdul Sattar, the director of the Institute.

You can watch the report of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) and its interview with Dr. Hossein Mirzaei here.


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Works Registration on the Website of the Eighth Farabi International Award Begins

 | Post date: 2016/05/21 | 

Registration of works in the field of Humanities and Islamic Research on the Website of the Eighth Farabi International Award began on May 21.

The measures carried out to hold the Award ceremony were approved by the Committee of Ministers and the Policymaking Council in March, and receiving the works started on Saturday, May 21, the Information and Advertising Department of the Secretariat of the Eight Farabi International Award reported.

The deadline for professors, researchers, and students of Humanities who want to send their work is July 21, and those who are interested can visit the following link for more information on how to participate and register their name and work.

All the works that will take part in the Award, including research projects, doctoral dissertations, and master's theses will be received only through the Award’s electronic system. Since authors do not have the book files, they are asked to send the books to the Secretariat after registering their names and loading the table of contents and book covers on the Award’s website.

The Award is held by the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology and in collaboration with UNESCO, ISESCO, and Iran’s National Elites Foundation, and its permanent Secretariat is located at the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies.


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