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By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press Writer Nasser Karimi, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 53 mins ago
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran has imposed new restrictions on 12 university social sciences deemed to be based on Western schools of thought and therefore incompatible with Islamic teachings, state radio reported Sunday.

The list includes law, philosophy, management, psychology, political science and the two subjects that appear to cause the most concern among Iran's conservative leadership — women's studies and human rights.

"The content of the current courses in the 12 subjects is not in harmony with religious fundamentals and they are based on Western schools of thought," senior education official Abolfazl Hassani told state radio.

Hassani said the restrictions prevent universities from opening new departments in these subjects. The government will also revise the content of current programs by up to 70 percent over the next few years, he said.

The decision is seen as a response to concerns expressed last year by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said the subjects could lead to religious doubts. Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters in Iran, urged officials to take altering the curriculum into "serious consideration."

Some two million out of 3.5 million Iranian university students are studying social sciences and humanities, according to government statistics.

University students have played a key role in opposition protests in Iran, especially after the country's disputed presidential election last year, which opposition activists say hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won through massive fraud.

Since Ahmadinejad came to power in 2005, he has pushed a revival of the fundamentalist goals pursued in the 1980s under the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, father of the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran.

In 2006, dozens of liberal university professors and teachers were sent into retirement, drawing strong protests from students. Liberal and secular professors teach at universities around the country, but they are a minority. Most are politically passive and do not identify with either the hard-liners or the liberal camp.

In 1980, Iran closed down universities for two years to get rid of partisan students of political groups, mostly armed leftist ones.


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i feel so sad sometimes with whats going on in the nation.. i mean, under the shah the had social freedom, but next to nothing political freedom... under this regime they have neither, and they see social science as western, how retarded can a government get?
 

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i feel so sad sometimes with whats going on in the nation.. i mean, under the shah the had social freedom, but next to nothing political freedom... under this regime they have neither, and they see social science as western, how retarded can a government get?
Political science is for the most part 'Eurocentric', this is a widely acknowledged notion among scholars.
 

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Political science is for the most part 'Eurocentric', this is a widely acknowledged notion among scholars.
well of course it is, the facts are clear, socially advanced nations in Europe from the 17th and 18th century paved the way for political theories and sciences... but the fact is most of everything in the world is to be honest! I don't see the Islamic republic deeming nuclear technology as European or Western!
The fact of the matter, they don not want youths in Iran to have a political ideology from Western democracy to Socialism/Communism, they just want them to be Islamic I guess... the middle east from the first civilization til now never produced a political system or ideology. It's sad.
 

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Good on them. We as a species actually get smarter the more we limit knowledge and introspection. That stuff is for the birds anyhow.
 

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Of the disciplines cited, only two can be considered social sciences, political sciences and gender studies.

It is true that a lot of teachings in social sciences outside of Europe and North American are eurocentric. In Peru (on the other side of the world of course but I think it can illustrate some of what is talked about in this thread) where I studied, they were generally quite ignorant of non-European or North American social science, I heard it's the same in other parts of Latin America, the Middle East and East Asia (I don't know much about how it is taught in African countries).

Sadly, the social sciences do not seem to escape from the global power and neo-colonial relations between the "first" and "third world".

The worst is that there are many authors and theoretical developments all around the world, not just Europe and North America but they rarely go beyond the borders of their own countries or region.

Of course a government ban is outright scandalous and it's only up to the field itself to decolonize the mentalities of it's scientists but this is a real problem.

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the middle east from the first civilization til now never produced a political system or ideology. It's sad.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibn_Khaldun

Or more recently there are prolific authors in the middle east but their impact is always very local. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaki_Naguib_Mahmoud

And you of course can't ignore those immigrants who are/were between the middle east and the first world and contributed greatly to knowledge, Edward Said is an obvious example.
 
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