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An Introduction to the Dar al-Hadith New Structure

Dar al-Hadith Scientific-Cultural Institute

Hadith, after the Holy Quran, and as a second religious source of Islam, has a large share in the introduction of Islam and the formation and development of Islamic Sciences.

The Dar al-Hadith Scientific-Cultural Institute is the first independent Institute that is specialized in the sciences and researches of Hadith in the Shi’ah World. This Institute began its activities officially in the holy city of Qom on 20\6\1416 AH –correspondent to the anniversary of the blessed birth of Lady Fatima al-Zahra’ (a.s.), by the decree of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran and with the efforts of its founder and director Ayatollah Muhammad Muhammadi Reyshahri for the propagating of the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) and the Infallible Imams (a.s.).

The Institute promotes its mission through three approaches: educational, research, and publicity.

Educational approach by the Quran and Hadith University;

Research approach by the Quran and Hadith Research Centers;

Publicity approach by the Cultural and International Communications Department;

Other sub-departments of the Institute include International Centre for Islamic Manuscripts, Specialized Hadith Library, Secretariat of Conferences, Publishing Organization, and other parts of the institute.

The Quran and Hadith Research Centers

The Quran and Hadith Research Centers consists of four research centers:

The Research Center for Hadith Sciences and Teachings

The Research Center for Ahl al-Bayt’s Exegesis of the Quran

The Research Center for Shiite Theology

The Research Center for Ethics and Behavioral Sciences

The Research Center for Hadith Sciences and Teachings

The Research Center aims at creating, and developing methods and models, systematic utilization of the Quran and Hadith in the fields of teachings, development of research on the luminous teachings of the Prophet and Ahl al-Bayt (a.s.), and the production of scientific and applied works.

The Research Center Sub-Departments

The Department of Encyclopedias

The Department of Encyclopedias is one of the first active departments of this institute. It was established in order to facilitate the applicable researches and to pave the way for easy access to the encyclopedias and the great hadith collections. It is notable that Mawsu’at Ma`rif al-Kitab wa al-Sunnah (Encyclopedia of the Quran and Hadith), is the biggest project conducted by the Department of Encyclopedia so far. Up to now two letters (A and B) have been published in ten volumes, possessing 49 entries along with explanations and topical analysis in Arabic and Persian. Among the most important publications of this department are the following: Mizan al-Hikmah (the Scale of Wisdom), Muntakhab Mizan al-Hikmah (Selections from the Scale of Wisdom), and Mawsu’at a-Imam Ali (a.s.) and Mawsu’at a-Imam Hussayn (a.s.).

The Department of Reviving and Editing

Among the tasks of this department is to revive and publish the works that have never yet been published, and doing so in a scientific and artful way.

Among the publications of this department is: The Indexes of the manuscripts of Hadith and the Shi’ah Hadith Sciences. By the will of Allah, these indexes shall soon be published in a book and as a software program.

The Department of Translation

The main task of this department is to transfer the knowledge of hadith to the nations of the world through translating them to the common languages of the world. The Department focuses on languages such as: Persian, English, French, Urdu...etc.

The Department of Hadith Narrators (Rijal) and Hadith Terminology

Scholars find it obligatory on them to be very certain before dealing with any tradition as to whether the tradition has been said (or practiced) by the infallibles. One of the most important ways to know the source of traditions is the Science of Narrators (‘ilm al-rijal). The Shi’ah and Sunni scholars have written many books on the recognition of the narrators of hadith. One of the important duties of the Department of Hadith Narrators in the Dar al-Hadith Institute is to know the process and methods of the authors of such books and their ways in evaluating the narrators of traditions and to extract the criterions relied on in this process.

The Department of History of Hadith

The task of this department is to study the available schools of the scholars of hadith, knowing the methods of narrators and scholars of hadith through their books, and studying the extent of the influence of the environment on the writing of traditions, books of Hadith...etc.

The Research Center for Hadith Sciences and Teachings publishes two periodical journals:

Ulum-e Hadith (Sciences of Hadith) Journal

This periodical journal is the first scientific publication specialized in the field of hadith and the sciences related to it, and it is in Persian. This journal appears orderly in every season since autumn of 1417 AH. Until now, tens of specialized articles, interviews, and other subjects have been published in this journal.

Mirath-e Hadith Shi’ah (Heritage of Shi’ah Hadith)

This is an Arabic-Persian periodical. It is concerned with presenting the written Shi’ah heritage in the field of Hadith and its sciences. It is also concerned with revising and reviving brief and short treatises. This journal appears every six months, and until now twenty one volumes have been published.

The Research Center for Ahl al-Bayt’s Exegesis of the Quran

The Research Center for Ahl al-Bayt’s Exegesis of the Quran was established in 2012, at the beginning of Ramadan 1433, in order to systematically utilize Ahl al-Bayt’s hadiths for exegesis of the Holy Quran and develop the Quranic studies based on the teachings of the Prophet and his household, may peace and blessings be upon them.

The goals of the Research Center are as follows:

to obtain Ahl al-Bayt’s comprehensive and exegetical methods and develop strategies and action plans for systematic utilization of them;

to train, empower, and inform researchers of Ahl al-Bayt’s exegetical methods;

to publicize Ahl al-Bayt’s exegetical teachings on different fields of science and life.

The most important tasks of the Research Center are as follows:

conducting Quranic – Hadith studies based on proper codified methods and publishing the results;

analyzing the method used in Ahl al-Bayt’s exegetical teachings and a comparative study between it and other methods;

compiling and planning the Quranic sciences based on the words of Infallibles;

compiling the Specialized Encyclopedia of Ahl al-Bayt’s Exegesis of the Quran;

holding meetings and scientific conferences;

building a specialized library and database;

publishing journals on exegesis and publicizing Ahl al-Bayt’s teachings.

The Research Center Sub-Departments

The Department of Comprehensive Hadith Exegesis

The Department of Quranic Studies and Related Sciences

The Department of Revival and Edition of Exegetical Texts

The Research Center for Shiite Theology

It has been established in order to address doctrinal issues, especially those derived from the Infallible Imams' hadith, and demonstrate Shiite theological views.

Some of the goals of the research center are:

to develop research in fields related to the Shiite theology (with emphasis on hadith-based studies);

to conduct basic, comparative and theological research on the Quran and Sunnah as well as a comparative study between Shiite theology and that of other schools of thought;

to study the Shiite theological schools influenced directly or indirectly by traditions of Infallible Imams and display the amount of their coordination or lack of coordination with original thought of Ahl al-Bayt (a.s.);

to elucidate the methods of understanding the teachings and beliefs of Ahl al-Bayt (a.s.) and criticize the wrong methods used in this regard;

to identify the competing schools of thought and their dubious questions in order to respond to them;

to revive and publish the scientific heritage of Shiite beliefs that have been compiled with the aim of explaining Ahl al-Bayt's school of thought;

to hold meetings and conferences.

The Research Center Sub-Departments

1. The Department of Topical and Comparative Studies;

2. The Department of Methodology;

3. The Department of History of Theology;

4. The Department of Encyclopedia of Shiite Beliefs;

5. The Department of Orientalists Study.

The Research Center for Ethics and Behavioral Sciences

Since a large part of the religious texts including the Quran and Hadith has been allocated to Islamic ethics, it is one of the important missions of the Islamic sciences to deal with it.

As religious leaders have paid a lot of attention to human behavior and behavioral sciences is also of high importance, dealing with these sciences and presenting the religious views based on religious teachings, has been defined as the missions of the research center. The research center has been established in order to bridge the existing gap between ethics and behavioral sciences according to the Islamic approach.

Some of the goals of the research center are:

methodical and scientific explanation of the ethical, psychological and sociological doctrines based on the Quran and Hadith;

theorizing about Islamic ethics, psychology and sociology revealing superiority of Islamic views over other views and theories in this area;

responding to the doubts raised in the area of Islamic ethics, psychology and sociology.

The Research Center Sub-Departments

The Department of Theoretical Ethics (Philosophy of Ethics from the Islamic Viewpoint);

The Department of Practical Ethics;

The Department of Islamic Psychology;

The Department of Islamic Sociology.

The Quran and Hadith University

This university is one of the pillars of the Dar al-Hadith Institute and one of the non-governmental high education institutes in the country. It was established in 1378 Solar year (1999 AD) by a decree from the Higher Council of the Cultural Revolution. The college receives students after undergoing a general test. The degree given to students by this university has been certificated by the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology. The goal of establishing this university was to find harmony between the teaching of hadith and preparing teachers and researchers in hadith sciences on the one hand, and the academic education on the other. It was to find a firm affinity between the Hawzah Seminary and universities in the field of hadith.

The Quran and Hadith University is currently very active in Rey (Tehran) and in Qom. It will also soon open branches in other cities, by the will of Allah. It receives students for the Bachelor’s Degree in the following specialties:

Hadith Sciences

Qur’anic Sciences and Teachings

Islamic Theology,

Islamic Jurisprudence and Law






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