From the past to the present, the issue of women and rights of women has been from among the main concerns of human beings, religions, societies and schools of thought and especially in the past decades, it has been considered as a strategic issue in cultural, human rights and political societies of the world.
The establishment of the Islamic Revolution of the Iranian nation gave new life to the nearly soulless issue of women under the leadership of Imam Khomeini and the eternal message of Islam in regards to human dignity and honoring man’s personality and brought hope that the Islamic Revolution, in returning to the pure Islam, would be able to present and give perspective on an Islamic value and rights system for women.
The University of Religions and Denominations (the Committee of Seminary and Academic Sciences of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology), with help from scholars and thinkers and particularly active cooperation from the Women and Family Research Center in Qom, sought to first offer a doctorate program in the field of Women’s Studies in order to defend the lofty position of women in existence and the position and status of a Muslim woman and her rights and role in today’s world based on Islamic thinking and national identity.
For this purpose, doctorate programs in Women’s Studies were designed in three majors and after the compilation and approval of the course topics, steps were taken to attract students from the year 2013 and with the passing of time the focuses changed to fields and a faculty was formed; today the doctorate program of Women’s Studies of the Faculty of Women and Family Studies has around 70 students in three fields of Women’s Rights in Islam, Comparative Studies on Women in Religions and Theoretical Gender Studies.
The doctorate program is about 6 years and its courses are divided into three groups of prerequisite courses, foundation courses and specialized courses. This program includes 20 prerequisite credits, 8 credits of foundation and general credits for all fields, 10 credits for specialized credits in each field and 18 credits for the doctorate dissertation.
It also offers Master’s programs with major in Women’s Rights in Islam and Women and Family both on-campus and as distance studies programs.
Goals of the Faculty:
- Explaining the position of women in the existential system, society and family based on Islamic and religious teachings;
- Explaining women’s rights system based on Islam’s rights system;
- Defending women’s rights according to the criteria and scale of Heavenly scriptures and Divine religions;
- Promotion and development of women’s studies and the role of women in family and society;
- Training expert manpower in terms of education, research and planning in regards to women’s issues;
- Training a specialized workforce for favorable policy-making in different levels of government planning;
- Strengthening the scientific insight of thinkers in relation to the issue of women in order to correct social and cultural mindsets;
- Production and strengthening of native knowledge in the field of women’s studies;
- Study of the questions that arise regarding the system of women’s rights in Islam;
- Training experts based on pure Islamic teachings in order to defend the rights of women in the Islamic world.