Shariati and Tollab: Forty Years Later

How does Shariati describe Tollab in his works? How does he describe the style of Talabe’s life and the norms of their lifestyle? Forty years after his death and after experiencing a religious Shiite sovereignty, Hawza and Tollab’s lifestyle have gone under serious alterations. Now is the time we ask ourselves how the present is educational and management system of Hawza working in comparison to what Shariati had in mind as the ideal state of lifestyle and educational system for this institution? Has Hawza and Tollab’s lifestyle become closer to what Shariati considered to be desirable or has it gone further away from what he had in mind? Or maybe it is a more complex equation than such a mutual evaluation? 

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SHIITE ASCETICISM: The Study of the Evolution of the Economic Life of Young Shiite Clerics in Qom

Information shows that there have been noticeable changes in Hawza after the 1979 revolution. The number of Tollab has increased significantly, and by governmental supports there has been a rapid growth in the financial accumulation in Hawza especially in last 8 years, there has also been a grave increase in the social, economic and political roles of clergymen, and some high level posts have been confined to them. These serious abroad social changes could affect the traditional lifestyle of Tollab. The young Tollab’s adherence to traditional asceticism could be one of these affected dimensions.

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Social thinking in Shiite Hawza of Middle East; Two plans

Hawze Elmie has turned out to be one of the major sources for thinking production in the Middle East. To work and study on social thinking, it is inevitable to ignore the fundamental role of Shiite Hawze Elmie as one of the sources for producing school of thoughts. The hypothesis of the research is to consider production of the respective school of thoughts as social phenomenon which has been affected significantly by other social variables and social facts.

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The Bureaucratization Project in Qom Seminary: A Weberian approach

This study based on the concept of "Latent function" of social action. Using the definition of bureaucratization concept from Max Weber, effort was made to show that recent developments of the Seminary, which are in the form “the Seminary evolution” project, are examples of such a process. Then, the negative consequences of this process were enumerated. And finally, some of the internal resistances of the Seminary against these changes were investigated.

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