Iran says some academic courses too “Western”

October 25, 2010

(Reuters) – Iran will not allow its universities to begin teaching certain disciplines it deems too “Western,” and existing courses will be revised, a senior Education Ministry was quoted as saying Sunday.

“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 in the Arman newspaper.

“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 reported by state media.

“Thus such teachings…will lead to the dissemination of doubt in the foundations of religious teachings.”

Access to the Internet and illegal satellite television mean Western popular culture is king among young Iranians, a vital constituency in a country where 70 percent of the population is under 30 and has no real memory of the 1979 Islamic revolution which toppled the U.S.-backed Shah.

This differs how from what Sally Kern and her fellow Christian fascists flog?


  1. The Iranian regime is busily digging its own grave. The worst mistake the US can make is to appear belligerent towards Iran and alienate all those young Iranis.

  2. Agree. Iranian the days of the Iranian theocracy are numbered as long as we can keep LIEberman and his ilk from helping them.
    Support Voice of America and the internet in Iran. That will do them in.

  3. LOL.. I love this image… too funny.. God someone needs to get this woman OUTTA of here. She is whacked out. Look at the eyes.. it’s the same look Pelosi has today.. Doll Eyes.. Is there anyone out there.. who is SANE.. ????????

    The liberal media has killed most of the sane normal posters.. It’s all spam.. and then again.. recycled Spam..
    Hey.. did you see Alan Shore/ROB get taken down today..

    SMASHED!!.. and then some.. HE IS A COMMIE.. a LIBERAL COMMIE.. FACTS have shown all he is full of poop..oh.. on other end of the spectrum ..From Skyhawk’s blog:
    In Syria, a 5-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl are engaged. It will be his second marriage and her first.

    • God? She has a one way ticket the other way…

  4. Doggie. lighten up.. it’s nearly spook night.. Booo..

    don’t you ever morph your avie.. I think YOU only did ONCE if I remember.. it had a dog’s head and the body of a bird..

  5. Hey, guess who?? I found this and had to use it. BYD was my inspiration. LOL

  6. Hey.. try the hovergravar.. fellas. BYD.. aggressive progressive.. What is that?? sounds like that stuff we would watch on Saturday Mornings.. It’s election week guys.. Party!!! LOL.. I learn all my grammar from that program. I can’t spell. nah. Math. who does that today.. apparently not BEN or Tim.

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