A short introduction to Dar al-Hadith
Dar al-Hadith Academic-Cultural Institute
Hadith, after the Holy Quran, and as a second religious source of Islam, has a large share in introduction of Islam and the formation and development of Islamic Sciences.
Dar al-Hadith Academic-Cultural Institute is the first independent Institute specialized in the sciences and researche of Hadith in the Shi'a World. This Institute began its activities officially in the holy city of Qom on November 14th, 1995 –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 propagation of the Holy Prophet's (s.a.w.) traditionn and his Infallible successors' (a.s.).
The Institute promotes its mission through three approaches: education, research and publicity.
Educational approach by University of the Quran and Hadith ;
Research approach by Research institute of the Quran and Hadith;
Publicity approach by the Department of art and culture ;
Other departments of the Institute include: Department of International Affairs, Office of free researches and Scientific Conferences, The Specialized Hadith Library and Publishing organization of Dar al-Hadith.
Research Institute of the Quran and Hadith
Research Institute of the Quran and Hadith 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 Psychology.
Each of these research centers consists of a couple of groups. In each group researchers work on special topics in the scope of the research center.
University the Quran and Hadith
This university is one of the main parts of Dar al-Hadith Institute and one of the non-governmental universities in the country. It was established in 1999 by a decree from the Higher Council of the Cultural Revolution. The university 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. It has gained a well position among the Shi;a Seminary and universities in the field of Islamic studeis.
The Quran and Hadith University is currently centered in Qom and has active branches in Rey (Tehran), Esfahan, and Mashhad. It receives students for Bachelor’s Degree in the following majors:
Qur’anic Sciences and Teachings;
Jurisprudence and Principles of Islamic Law.
For Master’s Degree in the following majors:
The Qur’an and Hadith Sciences;
Jurisprudence and Principles of Islamic Law;
Sciences and Teachings of Nahj al-Balagha;
Communications in Hajj and Pilgrimage;
Islamic Psychology: Positive Approach.
For Phd. Degree in the following majors:
Teaching of Islamic Doctrines;
Qur’anic Sciences and Teachings;
Islamic Shiite Theology;
Comparative Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir);
Comparative Hadith Sciences;
The Qur’anic and Hadith Sciences.
*The University accepts both male and female students.
*The University publishes a periodical journal named "Hadith-e Andisheh" in Persian.
Virtual Learning Center
The Virtual learning center of the Quran and Hadith University is one of the leading academic centers in the field of e-learning. Based on Internet, it has provided an opportunity for those who want to study online. The Center’s main program is to provide students with online courses of the university with approved syllabus and granting accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees to students who have passed the courses successfully. The center is going to launch Arabic-language courses in the future.
Tel: 98-21-55952524 Fax: 98-21-55952385
Tel: 98-25-37785040 Fax: 98-25-37785050
Department of culture and Art
This department is one of the three main parts of the Institute which undertakes the responsibility of the propagation of culture based on hadith teachings among various social groups.
This department is comprised of the following sections:
1. Office of Public and General Texts' Composition
The tasks of this office is to compose text to proliferate and propagate culture of hadith and to release hadith for general audience including non-academics and children aiming promotion of the teachings of the Quran and Hadith.
2. Office of Information Processing
This unit undertakes the task of operating and supporting the websites of the Institute in addition to production of related softwares for internal IT affairs.
Websites affiliated to the institute are:
Shiite Hadith www.hadith.net
Hadith City www.hadithcity.com
Hadith News www.darolhadith.net
Publishing organization www.darolhadith.com
Iranian Libraries www.lib.ir
Research institute of the Quran and Hadith www.riqh.ac.ir
University of the Quran and Hadith www.qhu.ac.ir
Virtual learning center www.vu.qhu.ac.ir
Hadith Conferences www.hadithcongresses.com
3. Office of Art and Media
The tasks of this office is to provide artwork whose content is based on academic texts of the institute in different media including multi-media software, short video clips and calligraphy to propagate culture of hadith and Islamic values for general audience in unwritten and new ways.
Department of International Affairs
1- Office of International Relation
The Management of International Affairs Unit undertakes the responsibility of introducing the institute and its products to the scientific, cultural, religious and educational circles around the world. Other responsibilities of this unit includes: identification of the areas of cooperation and joint activities with other institutes; paving the way for joint academic activities (both educational and research) with other scientific centers; supporting the domestic and international joint activities of the Quran and Hadith Research Centers and the Quran and Hadith University and appropriate information about these activities as well.
2- Translation Office
The tasks of this office is to moderate the process of translation of books, selected regarding the needs in different languages.
Office of free researches and Scientific Conferences
The city of Rey in Tehran is one of the oldest Shia cities. It has been the city of knowledge and scholars. According to the position this city has, there was a pressing need to form a secretary for honoring the outstanding scholars of this city. With the cooperation of the office of the Custodians of the Holy Shrine of Sayyid Abdul Azim al-Hasani (a.s.), this secretary arranges ceremonies to honor the scholars of Hadith. As a first stage of this project, the secretary has chosen four scholars: 1. Sayyid Abdul Azim al-Hasani, 2. Abul Futuh al-Razi, 3. Thiqatul Islam Sheikh Kulayni, and 4. Sheikh Saduq.
The Specialized Hadith Library
The library contains two parts:
1- The International Center for Islamic Manuscripts
The International Center for Islamic Manuscripts has been established with the aim of identifying and collecting the image of Islamic manuscripts especially rare manuscripts and to provid researchers with easy-to-use access to manuscripts. They try to pave the way for scholars to research through printed and digital versions.
2- Book Reservoir
The institute also possesses a specialized library of Shiite hadith. This library is unparalleled in its kind. Almost all the necessary resources are available for scholars of Hadith. It can be confidently claimed that this library, along with his foster sister, the Specialized Hadith Library at Hadith Sciences College of Rey, is one of the richest Shiite hadith libraries in the world. This library contains more than 50000 printed books, 400 manuscripts, 2500 photocopies, 150 titles of other different publications, and 1200 theses of graduates on hadith sciences and other subjects.
Publishing organization of Dar al-Hadith
This organization is concerned with printing, publishing, and distributing the products of the Institute and other works related to hadith and hadith sciences. The main Office of the Dar al-Hadith Publication is placed in Qom (Iran). There is another branch in Beirut (Lebanon). The organization has published more than 350 books in more than 600 volumes.
Address: No.125, Moallem St., Qom, Iran.