Following the example of successful countries does not mean Westernization and Easternization
The President of Ahl al-Bayt (AS) University, stating that we can follow the example of successful countries for progress, said: “Wherever we follow the example, we should not create the impression that we are Westernized or oriented to the East.”
According to the public relations of Ahl al-Bayt International University, quoted by IRNA news agency; The discussion of scientific diplomacy in the country has started two decades ago, but in recent years it has been taken more seriously and part of the responsibilities of advancing the goals of science diplomacy is the responsibility of the country’s international universities.
Ahl al-Bayt (AS) International University, as one of the international universities in the country, along with teaching theoretical sciences to international students, has launched the Yas Innovation Center in cooperation with the Vice President for Science and Technology and scientific, research and educational centers of the Islamic world in The second step of the revolution is in line with the goals of the declaration. We talked about the subject of scientific diplomacy with Saeed Jazari Mamoui, the president of Ahl al-Bayt (AS) University, which you can read below.
Saeed Jazari Maamoui, who has executive backgrounds such as vice-chancellor for education at the Marvi seminary and group director of the German Islamic Academy of Religions, said about the importance of science diplomacy in the country: The issue of competition is the subject of scientific diplomacy. Why did we use the term developing countries here? This is because it has been around since the mid-nineteenth century in many developed countries. The term was not developed at that time. But if we look at our activities today, we see that we have begun the path of development and institutionalized scientific diplomacy.
He added: “The result of this work is that we see that in many countries in Africa and Asia, educated people and university graduates are in charge. In developing countries, we take the issue of scientific diplomacy seriously, and Iran pays special attention to scientific diplomacy in the statement of the second step of the revolution, which was mentioned by the Supreme Leader.
Referring to the history of looking at scientific diplomacy in the country, the professor of the Sorbonne University of France noted: Iran thought about scientific diplomacy before and in the first decade of the revolution and had definitions in this field, but because of the conditions that arose in the country. It was ruled that this route faced several ups and downs. If we want to face this issue fairly, we have not achieved the position that Iran deserves and we have not been on the path that deserves us, with that millennial civilization and that rich culture taken from the Ahl al-Bayt.
He continued: “Many countries that did not have our gifts are advancing rapidly in the field of science diplomacy.” The number of students we have in the country is not commensurate with the country’s facilities. According to the statistics of the Ministry of Science, this number is 42,000 students in the country, which means that we have only 42,000 international students in the country with this capacity and infrastructure. Is this number worthy of Iran and can we only provide the conditions for hosting this number of students in the country ?! Or do we have the conditions to admit more students. For my part, I am trying to create fruits in the country in the field of science diplomacy through this university and with the help of my colleagues, who are the elite and compassionate youth of the system, albeit to our extent.
The President of Ahl al-Bayt (AS) University said: “In this direction, some currents have been formed in Iran, an example of which is the trend of writing articles in recent years that have been published in many magazines around the world.” Of course, some experts may have criticized the fact that this flow of appearance does not beautify us, and we should look for nature, but my point is that this flow also has its values. The same feeling that is created in the country and experts are looking for the concept of the article and the publication of the article, is valuable in itself and this method is less seen in other countries. This issue can be a parameter for the scientific future of the country so that it can move in the direction of increasing competition. Finally, these are the details that we pay attention to in the field of science diplomacy and we try to activate the university better than before with this view.
In response to the question of whether the advancement of the goals of science diplomacy is possible only with theoretical sciences or not, Jazari explained: First, we are not in the position we should be in the field of humanities. We criticize the West for some of the ideas and theories of the humanities, but whatever we criticize, we see that they have their theories in the field of the humanities, and on this basis, they advance their technical sciences and technology.
He added: “When we deal with academic centers in countries such as Germany, France or Switzerland in various fields, even in the technical fields, we realize that a favorable humanities platform has been provided.”
“We have several theories in the country that are not compatible in some cases,” he said. I do not want to use terms such as opposition, contradiction, or contradiction, but we can only say that they are not compatible.
He continued: “Without compliments, we can say that we are weak in the field of humanities, and our claims have caused this weakness to increase and intensify day by day.” My impression is that in the field of science diplomacy we should have technical sciences and humanities together; Because both beds are available in Iran.
Jazari stressed the need to use all the potentials of the country and said: “We have mature and expert thinkers in the field of humanities, but many of these people may be unknown.” We have also trained skilled thinkers in the field of technical sciences. Now we have to face the process of effective selection between them. We can also follow the example of successful countries for this choice. Wherever we follow the pattern, we should not assume that we are Westernized or oriented to the East.
He went on to cite an example: To better illustrate this point, I will give a simple example: Theologians present in the West are formed in the context of sociology and anthropology. That is, there is a concept there called Oriental. Many twentieth-century and late-nineteenth-century Orientalists, such as Henry Lemon, were sociologists before Orientalism and were very successful in this field. In the fields of science and academia, we have neglected to consider, first of all, the context of sociology in these sciences. Regardless of the context of sociology and anthropology, we intend to enter theology, this is where the concept of religious sociology becomes a vacuum for us. So when we want to step into this vacuum, we get worried.
“If we want to enter the field of science diplomacy, we must know that a series of challenges have been formed in us that we have created ourselves and we must solve them,” Jazari said. Therefore, we must assess the needs in the field of humanities. We have prominent people in the religious field of the humanities who are not familiar with sociology but want to become a theologian. A religion that is not recognized in the context of society cannot have an effective academic fruit. So we have to work in the humanities, set an example, and put aside the experiences of error.