Islamic Development Organization
As revolution took place & religious government was founded,
The Islamic Republic of Iran was established and at the time the
country’s senior officials recognized the necessity to establish
the organizations & institutions which can develop the cultural
& religious aspirations and thoughts of Imam Khomeini & Islam’s
followers in the Islamic society. Achieving this aim, the
revolutionary institutions were established one after the other
by Late Imam’s command and they began to fulfill their duties.
Islamic Development Organization is one of the organizations
which were established with the aim of developing great culture
of real Islam and manifesting the spiritual life and
disseminating the belief & faith values.
During the years of this organization’s activities, according
to society’s needs & general policies of Islamic system, its
activities have undergone some changes.
In the past, this organization was managed by greats such as
Ayatollah Ahmad Janati, Hojat-Al-Islam Muhammadi Iraqi and
before them a council whose members were Martyrs Haghani &
Shirazi, Ayatollah Janati, Mahdavi Kani & kashani had been
responsible for managing this organization.
Following the changes which are necessary for existence of
an active institution and by special attention of Supreme
Leader, the basic fields of education, investigation & research,
dissemination & development of Islamic culture & trainings and
getting close to Quran by utilizing the new tools & modern
technology, have been highlighted as the main activities of this
organization since 2001.
Achieving this aim and by Supreme Leader’s command,
Hojat-Al-Islam Seyyed Mahdi Khamoushi was appointed as this
organization’s Chief on 3December 2001.
Considering the importance and number of compiled & approved
plans and for detailed & fast implementation of necessary
reforms, different changes are taking place in the
organization’s structure and also specialized institutions are
going to be established.
The Main Responsibilities of Islamic Development Organization
1.Policy-making, planning, conducting,
organizing, supporting & supervising the popular-religious
2. Paving the way for discovering the pious
forces and establishing Islamic assemblies & similar groups and
supervising their activities.
3. Efforts for revival and disseminating
Shiite history, culture and trainings in every possible ways,
stressing on all Islamic religions ‘solidarity and safeguarding
it with cooperation of the related institutions & authorities.
4. Investigating & considering the negative
publicity & enemies’ cultural aggression, identifying &
analyzing the publicity tricks against Islamic Revolution in
coordination with other related organizations and introducing
necessary policies in order to frustrate them & illustrate
5. Doing strategic studies & practical
considerations regarding cultural needs of society’s different
classes especially the young, planning the programs & modern
methods for publicity, reforming & revival of traditional
methods of Islamic publicity.
6. Compiling & publishing the necessary &
suitable books & Press in order to introduce Islamic culture &
civilization, stating the Islamic Revolution’s stances, doing
necessary researches especially in the fields of educational
system & political, economic & cultural bases of Islamic
government and supporting the responsible researchers.
7. Efforts for conducting public opinions
by using of mass media & direct participation of media in case
8. Identifying & introducing select
cultural & art works, the persons & popular-publicity groups of
Islamic society and preparing the cultural-art works & products
in order to provide suitable patterns of responsible &
revolutionary artists and supporting them.
9. Planning, paving the way and adopting
necessary measures which cause efficient persons such as
Clerics, scholars, teachers & artists become more active to
develop Islamic culture and confront the undesirable effects of
Planning , supervising & organizing the religious &
revolutionary ceremonies as good as possible with all state and
popular institutions’ cooperation.
Cooperating with ministries & state organizations and
revolutionary institutions in order to develop Islamic culture &
trainings in environment of the state organizations and
Establishing & managing the educational institutes & academic
centers for training the efficient publicists, responsible
artists & religious teachers.
13. Establishing centers for disseminating specialized, publicity &
Organizing & dispatching publicists throughout the country
especially deprived areas with cooperation of clerics & people.
Leading & supporting Islamic assemblies & popular -Islamic
bodies and supervising them.
Publicity & cultural planning for enthusiasts of Persian culture
stressing on reciprocal services between Islam & Iran in
coordination with competent authorities.
Holding International-popular fairs, conferences & festivals in
the country in order to develop Islamic trainings & pave the way
for participating of popular-publicity groups & artists in the
cultural festivals, fairs and conferences.
Having publicity-cultural cooperation with country’s Islamic
centers in direction of the Organization’s aims and establishing
relation between the individuals & Islamic, cultural-popular
centers in order to close them together in coordination with
other competent authorities.
Supervising the religious texts’ translation & making the rules
for preparing, translating & publishing these texts for taking
advantage of them in the country.
Supervising the printing & publishing “The Glorious Quran”,
doing Quranic activities by training teachers, compiling
educational papers, cooperating with the related ministries in
order to develop Glorious Quran’s trainings.
In general, the presidency office of the Islamic Development
Organization is responsible for special range of administrative
duties which can be described in three main titles:
1. Establishing social relation with the
2. Establishing relation between the
Organization Presidency & its other departments and sections.
3. Following & coordinating the
Organization’s Work Plan in the presidency domain.
Establishing social relation with the Organization
Behaving towards people according to the rules which
are necessary to observe in Islamic government, responding to
people’s letters, their requests for meeting and other similar
cases sympathetically & honestly, have especial importance. So
many reforms which implemented by the Honorable presidency of
Islamic Development Organization, are according to the expert
studies & analyzing this kind of information received by the
Organization. Considering the importance of the mentioned
issues, presidency office & public relations of the Islamic
Development Organization have established a strict work plan to
consider carefully what social audience want, thus they can do
their legal duties in the best & perfect way.
Establishing relation between the Organization Presidency &
other departments and sections: Considering the extension &
variety of routine responsibilities of the Organization’s
departments & centers, plurality of specialized institutes
related to the Organization, huge number of the predictable &
unpredictable problems and difficulties arise when running the
plans, following the special affairs and supervising constantly
the performance of who are in charge of the related departments
to Islamic Development Organization, it’s necessary to hold
meetings frequently between the Organization presidency
and those have main responsibility in this organization
according to the predicted plans or the sessions which are
arranged urgently. Presidency office is responsible for
arranging the meeting plans and announcing them frequently to
the responsible ones in order to provide these kinds of
relations as good as possible.
Following & coordinating the Organization’s Work Plan in the
presidency domain: As Islamic Development Organization is one of
the most important administrative organizations in the religious
& cultural affairs in the country and it’s one of the Islamic
Republic’s institutions, it’s necessary for Organization
presidency himself to follow the affairs in different levels
continuously, Which in terms of the importance are stated by
revolution’s Supreme Leader.
The Presidency office of Islamic Development Organization is
responsible for adopting necessary measures in case of necessity
in order to establish relation with the country’s departments &
Security like a light have to conduct the Organization from
the safety aspect, preventing it from corruption cause the
Organization to achieve its goals & by legal supporting,
conducting & supervising and avoiding from tension, provide an
active, calm and happy work environment for the employees. And
achieving this aim, it’s necessary to have genuine faith in God,
honesty, purity and endless effort. Security institution has
been established to protect the results of Iran’s Islamic
Revolution and prevent the foreigners’ dominance over the
Islamic system’s components.
From a comprehensive view, we realize that a confident, fixed
and pious Security can prevent the foreigners or probable
interior mercenary’s influence. The Security in every
organization especially in the religious & Islamic system is
like the eyes & guardian and can remove the obstacles in the way
of proceeding the affairs & close the diligent personnel
together and it’s an available & honest advisor for appreciating
the honesty, separating true & false and maintaining the
environment purity. In other word, Security provides employees’
job security not deprive them of having it.
The Parliament And Provinces’ Affairs
Considering the importance of the Bureaus and Parliament’s
position in the administrative system, the Parliament and
provinces’ affairs Department on one hand relate the
Organization to legislative Branch and on other hand, relate it
to Executive Branch in the provinces and it also reflects the
view & operation of the provinces to the Organization’s central
The significance of these two activity centers, the
Parliament & provinces’ Bureaus, causes their responsibilities
get crucial importance too. The main responsibilities of the
Parliament and provinces’ affairs Department can be briefed in
A. In relation to Parliament
B. In relation to provinces’ Bureaus &
C. In relation to Bureaus’ managers
In relation to Parliament
1. Continuous relation with Islamic
Parliament & its Members aiming at communicating information &
presenting the necessary reports for commissions, following the
plans & bills related to the Organization in the Parliament,
reporting exactly the Parliament’s news in different subjects to
the Presidency and related departments of the Organization.
2. Responding to questions & applications
of the Parliament’s members from the Organization and also
reflecting the Organization & its managers’ views to Islamic
3. Developing relation of the Organization
Presidency, the staff & managers of the provinces’ Bureaus with
Parliament and its Members.
In relation to provinces’ Bureaus & their activities
1. Evaluating relation of
the Bureaus with the province’s organizations & institutions and
supervising correct performance of the policies announced by the
Organization in the province.
2. Collecting political,
social and cultural information of the provinces and
distributing facilities & services in the Bureaus.
In relation to Bureaus’ managers
1. Supervising, evaluating & assessing the
performance of province’s Bureaus’ managers and offering
necessary suggestions for promoting, dismissing, appointing or
relocating the managers by the Organization Presidency’s command
in the province, considering the personnel’s affairs and
completing their evaluation forms.
2. Making necessary arrangements for
establishing relation of the province’s Bureaus’ managers with
the presidency & deputies in the Center, and also arranging the
presidency & deputies’ travels to provinces.
Public Relations Department
Public relations’ movement is according to a planned act in
order to get people’s satisfaction from an organization, in
other word: Conscious effort to provoke or impress the public to
think positively about an Organization, respect & support it in
case of necessity, by continuous & suitable relation.
These high aims will be fulfilled just when the public
relations’ employees of an organization know the fundamental &
scientific principles of this artistic field which is known as
the “Eighth Art” and use the potential cultural & art tools and
facilities to create a great force for achieving organization’s
basic aims & aspirations so in this way, they can impress the
public as they planned.
The main functions of the public relations’ department are:
communicating information, satisfying & encouraging,
participating, unity & solidarity.
Communicating information: Giving news, information and
analysis of the Organization’s performance to its internal &
external parts and then to the Organization management.
Satisfying & encouraging: Directing people’s discussion and
their emotional attractions to having the ideas & manners which
are aimed by the Organization by reasoning.
Participating: Encouraging the public to play role in
fulfilling the Organization’s aims.
Unity & solidarity: Joining & unifying the Organization and
society, in the way every one complete another one.
In other words, a successful & efficient public relations’
department is the one which is at the service of both
Organization and its all audience by social knowledge, analyzing
processes, predicting the results, offering suggestions to the
Organization management and finally performing the planned &
Plan & Program
As revolution took place & religious government was founded,
the Islamic Republic was established and at the time the
necessity to establish revolutionary organizations &
institutions which can develop cultural & religious aspirations,
disseminate Divine Commandments and establish deep relation
between the religious principles and beliefs of Imam’s followers
was felt constantly. Very soon, the revolutionary institutions
were established one after the other by Late Imam’s command and
they began their activities sincerely, and one of these
organizations is Islamic Development Organization which was
established with the aim of promoting great cultural of Islam,
manifesting the spiritual life, disseminating and developing
values of belief, especially developing Late Imam’s thoughts.
Then revolutionary forces, with the cultural tendency joined
this Organization consciously & devotedly and began
disseminating Islamic trainings and revival of religious
culture’s values. Identifying the pros & cons of publicity and
paving the way for confronting cultural disadvantages,
simultaneously they went to Sacred Defense front and didn’t stop
doing any kinds of publicity, cultural, art, and even economic &
political activities. And they offered devoted & loyal martyrs
to the Revolution.
After this rampageous period, and beginning a period of new
arrangement & new missions according to society‘s needs, another
step was taken in the development process of country. So they
increased participation in country’s cultural affairs by
extending Quranic activities, holding internal & international
exhibitions, conferences, meetings and festivals, then they
tried to remove shortcomings and reinforce joint aspirations by
developing field of publicity culture in deprived areas.
After changing Organization management, the international
part was separated from Organization and Organization’s
activities focused on art & cultural affairs were developed in
internal part. But maybe all that period’s activities had root
in the past. Improving the “Plan & Program” part, efforts for
disseminating more different & various programs such as leisure
time & resident clerics plans, paying more attention to
religious ceremonies such as Itekaf, removing dust of mosques,
etc. in all mosques throughout the country, and even
constructing & developing mosques and all these kinds of
activities paved a new way in spiritual path of the
Organization. Although financial limitations and lack of
executive power was not a help for Organization, but all old
possessions & new innovations were to become active. But
what had to be manifested in direction of a great mission and a
publicity structure was not possible and “Plan & Program” had
hard effort for achieving this aim but it wasn’t very useful and
there was a repeated routine for several years until by changing
the management and making serious decision for breaking the
routine which was an obstacle in the way of any kind of
innovation, innovative movement and being up to date, a new
attitude was adopted in making use of modern information
communication technologies . And maybe after the revolution’s
need, the main reason for establishing Islamic Development
Organization was making change in the traditional publicity
system and organizing the publicists & publicity tools in an
obvious & defined framework, and communicating religious message
in a new way. Any way, what had importance in the new
management’s work process, except innovation and using superior
technique, was trying to develop & improve quantity besides
quality in planning & performing of the programs. So great steps
were taken to reform the Organization arrangement and man power
structure with specialized expertise tendency, and finally this
caused to balance forces. Decisions were made in order to
communicate information obviously in social, cultural and art
fields that led to efforts for training and researching and also
developing research field of proficient & expert researchers.
Thus a firm association was formed and covered all necessary
trainings and by using academic educational technique,
established Islamic trainings schools throughout the country in
order to take positive step in completing cultural and art
trainings system under cover of religious principles.
Establishing “Tebyan cultural-art institute” and “Mehr news
agency” besides “Tehran Times”, covered wide range of Iran and
even beyond Our Islamic country’s borders to reflect news and
introduce different religious principles, eminent works or
Islamic-religious news, and created a new shape in the world of
computer, satellite and communications.
Related Associations and Institutes’ Affairs
Amir Kabir Publishing Institute
Islamic Revolution affected by Divine values and life-giving
spirit of Islam, was a heaven gift and God grace to great &
devoted Iranian nation. The certain fact has directed worlds’
thoughts towards itself, is that establishing Islamic Revolution
and its persistence and liveliness results from deep cultural
perception & view of great founder of Islamic Revolution, “Late
Imam Khomeini”, who knows the importance of knowledge & training
as equal as sacred blood of martyrs in the war front. In
environment affected by Revolution and Islam, producing,
developing and disseminating written culture has a high and
“Amir Kabir publishing institute” with its brilliant
background and suitable capacities for producing and publishing,
can have a considerable role in cultural & economic progress of
book publishing in Iran. During the years after Revolution
because of numerous reasons, a comprehensive practical effort
has not been made for institute’s quantity & quality
improvement, gradually lack of continuous & firm relation with
country’s elites, philosophers and new generation researchers,
and on one hand lack of eminent works publishing, and on other
hand preventing republication of earlier works & the obstacles
for distributing books, have caused the institute’s importance &
reputation remain just for previous generation and today young
community don’t consider “Amir kabir” as their cultural needs.
This shortcoming should be considered realistically and away
from any useless bias, and by expert & step by step evaluation &
performance of this bureau’s short- term & middle-term
macro-policies and eliminating probable shortcomings, “Amir
Kabir publications institute” should be able gradually to make
use of its all spiritual & material ability and also by elites,
scientists and Islam and Iran enthusiasts’ help, can be at the
service of high values of Islam, Shiite and
country’s national culture as the most important
publishing power in the Islamic system.
Although the basic aims of the institute as a related
organization to Islamic Republic System, are to carry out some
part of Revolution and country’s cultural and technical
missions, as a competent economic institute it should be able to
afford its own charges without reliance on financial supporters;
and also plan to develop its cultural & generative activities in
order to be more successful at achieving system’s cultural aims.
So the institute’s aims are divided in two cultural & economic
A. Cultural aims
1. Disseminating Islamic culture
2. Disseminating different sciences
3. Disseminating Persian literature
4. Publishing children & young adult’s
5. Attracting elites, identifying and
6. Publishing histories
B. Economic aims
1. Earning wise economic income &
2. Effort for preventing books’ price from
3. Improving life level of book
A. cultural policies
1. Publishing 80 titles of adult’s new
2. Attracting efficient forces in the
expert parts in order to improve quality and speed of preparing
3. Creating collaboration & cooperation
with writers and other creators of book in order to make maximum
use of society’s cultural ability by publishing more suitable
4. Conducting investigation and survey to
find cultural needs of country and fulfill them
5. Fundamental planning to convert Amir
Kabir into a comprehensive and investigative, research and
6. Structure changing & cultural organizing
of international publishing company and Islamic Development
Organization publishing company in order to put them in the way
of religious & cultural activities of Islamic Development
Organization by producing fundamental and basic books in the
7. Considering the republication
possibility of some titles published by Amir Kabir over the past
50 years, and this main measure have been taken since 2 years
ago and will be continued until achieving the final result
8. Studying some special projects such:
translation and publication of Twinbi’s twelve-volume culture
history, completing translation of Cambridge’s Iran history and
revising Mosaheb encyclopedia. This needs a careful &
comprehensive consideration, because considering the needed cost
& time and great importance of each them, this issue should be
considered with enough awareness.
9. Considering and making CDs produced by
Amir Kabir and presenting its first example under the title
“Amir Kabir comprehensive information bank” with different
10. Continuing and developing
coordination and relation between cultural part of producing
basic and fundamental books in the religion domain.
11. Activating institute’s public
relations in order to establish relation, communicate
information and receive opinions of Press writers, publishers
and other ones.
B. Economic and commercial policies
1. Organizing commercial stores & markets
and the institute’s storehouses according to changes of Tehran’s
cultural-social structure. Because considering Tehran
development and changes in its geography, it’s necessary to
revise the location of said places in order to make maximum use
2. Developing commercial agencies about
5600 bookstores throughout the country.
3. Revising structure of “Today Knowledge
publishing company” in order to coordinate it with economic,
cultural and social changes of country.
Achieving its long- term aims, Amir Kabir publishing
institute is to identify present defects and lacks in its all
parts by continuing structural and administrative reforms
through the time and consider & eliminate the shortcomings in a
proper way. And by carrying out extensive programs for
administrative and financial affairs, affairs related to
printing & printery, appraisal of prices according to market’s
principles, widespread use of modern technologies and developing
mechanized administrative & financial systems within possible
limit, bring up to date itself and develop its ability for
specialized services according to country’s cultural benefits.
House of Quran
Quranic activities of Islamic Development Organization were
started in 1982 by attendance of some country’s Quran masters.
At that time, considering necessity to develop Quranic
circumstances more & more in the country and remedy cultural and
Quranic deficiencies, this center was established in a unit and
then in a department form in the Islamic Development
Organization and tries to do Quranic activities. Gradually, and
during several years of their sincere and endless efforts, this
small administrative part was converted into an active and
widespread center with more than 100 Quranic active branches
throughout the country. Planning and running tens of Quranic
programs for the first time, has been outcomes of “House of
Generous Quran” in recent years, and as an example we can
mention: Establishing and running a supervisory office on the
printing & publishing Generous Quran, running courses on
training the Quran teachers, running general trainings of Quran
under the title of: Ramadan plan, learning Quran’s movement,
dispatching Quran readers and reciters to abroad and holding
different Quranic competitions.
In middle of 2001, considering new view of Dr. Seyyed Mahdi
Khamushi, the Organization’s chief and aiming at improving &
reconsidering quantitative and qualitative level of Quranic
activities and also society’s need for organized new and
fundamental movements, proposal for establishing “House of
Generous Quran” as a related institute to Islamic Development
Organization was submitted and gathering proficient & skilled
forces, this plan was fulfilled on June 2001, in a communiqué
issued by Chief of Islamic Development Organization.
The missions planned for this institute in order to develop &
deepen life-giving culture of Generous Quran and trainings of
innocent Imams (peace be upon them) are:
1. Efforts for quantitative & qualitative
improvement of Generous Quran’s trainings with fundamental view
and making use of all country’s educational capacities and
A. Providing and training responsible &
competent man powers, organizing teachers, judges and publicists
of Generous Quran equivalent to reinforcement of their morals &
belief system and scientific and expert competence.
B. Developing general trainings in order to
realize “Quran learning movement” includes teaching reading,
translation and comprehension of Glorious Quran in different
C. Developing specialized trainings
according to audience’s needs in different levels of age and
education, in reading, reciting and meanings fields.(consist of
translation, interpretation, study and researches of Quran)
2. Developing and deepening Quranic studies according to
audience’s needs and improving qualitative level of Quranic
plans consist of educational, publicity, publishing plans in
order to make these activities more effective and paying
underlying attention to useful studies & researches in domain of
Quran trainings and culture.
3. Focused and comprehensive supervision on publishing Quran
and issuing related licenses.
4. Cooperating with different cultural centers and
organizations inside and outside of country in the fields of
planning and performing different Quranic activities and
presenting expert services and consultation to these centers.
5. Supporting popular movements in the fields of
disseminating Quran culture and efforts for coordinating and
organizing these movements and supervising Quranic activities
and popular institutions and assemblies as good as possible.
6. Making use of modern technology and useful information
communication in domain of Quran culture and activities. Also
during this organization’s activities, the measures have been
taken to improve quantitative & qualitative level of Qurnic
activities and some programs have been performed throughout the
country that the main ones are:
A. Teaching Glorious Quran in the form of “Quran learning
movement” in summer2002, coincided with blessed month, Ramadan
B. Running eleven courses on training Quran’s translators
7. Supporting popular and Quranic centers,
this institute is to reinforce Quranic programs throughout the
country and improve quality of its programs in order to increase
different classes of people especially the young‘s participation
in these programs.
The outlines of the programs performed in 2003
1. Holding 8700 classes in
general teaching of Glorious Quran
2. Holding 1200 classes in teaching of
3. Establishing permanent centers for
training Quran teachers at least in 5 provinces
4. Running intermediate courses
about 620, consist of reading Quran 1 & 2, teaching Quran 2’s
meanings, translation and interpretation of selected sura
5. Running courses about 70,on training
teachers for reading Quran and training Quran
6. Running courses on training judges of
7. Holding competitions for evaluating
Quranic knowledge during a 5 year plan
8. Running second course of Quranic
program: gathering, teaching and evaluating
9. Correcting Glorious Quran and
supervising its printing and publishing
Holding the first general assembly of Quran’s publishers and
calligraphers at least in 5 provinces
Equipping and supporting Quran centers of provinces’
Supporting and encouraging popular Quran centers
Dispatching “light caravans” to provinces and holding special
Holding public competitions of Quran interpretation
Running permanent courses on teaching Quran and supporting
Holding Quranic festivals for children and young adults
Establishing a base for communicating information of
The above- mentioned issues are the main activities and
short-term & middle-term aims of “House of Quran” institute and
they will be followed constantly until achieving intended
Academy of Arts
Academy of Arts of Islamic Development Organization is a name
which is well-known for most Iranians. This institute related to
Islamic Development organization is the most important
institute, responsible for country’s culture & art, and
undertakes extensive and different activities in which divine
Islam and Islamic government are at the center of attention,
such as: publishing several titles of publications in the
cultural and art fields, teaching different art courses,
producing and making movies, preparing scripts by utilizing
country’s talents, supporting art groups in different fields,
supporting traditional plays and Taezieh, taking measure to
revive original Iranian-Islamic arts, doing activities and
offering services to keep reliance on Islamic Revolution’s
Offering support in the form of cultural & art plans and
projects, religion and religious values are at the center,
Academy of Arts of Islamic Development Organization tries to do
its main duties and at the same time, support vast range of
society’s classes consist of artists, the young, the enthusiasts
and talented ones.
This institute tries to introduce safe and useful assemblies
for artists, young and other enthusiasts’ active attendance and
also take influential steps to provide social and cultural
services by establishing group sessions, enthusiasts’
participation in different courses, holding poetry slams and
poetry readings and holding competitions of painting and drawing
for valuable articles in different fields.
Academy of Arts of Islamic Development Organization is also
taking effective steps to improve scientific level and increase
art knowledge among enthusiasts and finally throughout the
country by its continuous activities in the fields of higher
education, public trainings and special trainings in short-term
and middle-term courses.
Academy of Arts’ activities and services are more extensive
than those were mentioned above, but we suggest receiving
complete information from Academy of Arts’ offices.
Mehr News Agency
Establishing Mehr News Agency has been according to an
article of Islamic Development Organization’s statute which
gives this institution responsibility for establishing expert
centers of disseminating information in the publicity and
Certainly, it’s not logical and current to equate centers of
information dissemination with limited media. Mehr News Agency
is result of confidence and attention to Revolution growth. It’s
result of some unknown and devoted soldiers’ efforts in the
domain of culture and information dissemination.
Mehr News Agency is an example of realizing software
movement; it wants to pave the way for country’s cultural-
information dissemination unity and it is at service of all
organizations and institutions with its all ability to achieve
this aim. Mehr News Agency wants to be a tribune of Revolution
forces with different tastes.
Mehr News Agency is not result of great expense from treasury
but also it is result of strong motivation, which was
established in the year of “Hussein Honor and Glory” and
developed in the year of “Providing Services”.
Although we believe in “rely on God, He’s enough”, we are
hoping for support of government especially Guidance ministry,
parliament, and other institutions and organizations to continue
It is feature of Mehr News Agency to prevent taking over
leadership in domain of news production and replace the news
management in order to provide possibility for reflecting the
cultural activities in new width of our wide country.
As Revolution has world wide message, it is planned to
translate the news of Mehr News Agency into other languages,
first into English and Persian and then Arabic and Urdu or
Deutsch to the end of the year. 70 percent of news is cultural
and social and the rest consists of other domains. At the
moment, Mehr News Agency is publishing 150 news items every day
that 60 percent of them are produced.
“Bagher Al Olum” Research Center
In 1985, after evaluating and considering the cultural and
research affairs of Islamic Development Organization, two main
problems were felt:
1. Lack of competent and cultural forces,
coordinated with aims and activities of Islamic Development
2. Lack of coordination in cultural and
These two problems were presented to Ayatollah Janati, the
chief of Islamic Development Organization at that time, and
finally the decision was made to transfer theological researches
of Islamic Development Organization to “Qum” and follow and
concentrate them in a research center by the name of “Imam
Bagher Al Olum (pbuh)”.
So “Bagher Al Olum” research center was established in 1987
with cooperation of some scholars of “Qum Theological Center”
and Hojat-Al-Islam Mahmud Mahdi Pour took on its responsibility.
And its activities started in two domains:
1. Disseminating information in the field
of Islamic trainings and human sciences by preparing
2. Researching, writing ,translating and
compiling subjects in the field of Hadith, statesman records,
At the moment, 15 years after establishing this center, by
help of God, it has taken efficient steps to disseminate genuine
culture of Islam and Shiite throughout the society despite all
problems and administrative troubles.
Introducing these kinds of centers and their activities is a
step to disseminate cultural and investigative information and
appreciate sincere services of those who try responsibly, having
You can connect Bagher Al Olum research center by this
telephone number: 7740369 or zip code: 37185/135
Tebyan cultural and information disseminator institute, has
been established to disseminate Islamic culture by using
information technology and also meet audience’s different
information needs, especially the young. The main parts of
Tebyan site are:
1. Competitions(daily, weekly, and special
scientific and cultural ones, awarding valuable prizes)
2. Special responding to questions of young
and visitors of site
3. Comprehensive bank consists of 2200
categorized questions and answers with search possibility
according to the topic
4. Teaching lessons of different
educational levels along with teachers’ voice and offering
educational consultations with bilateral relations facilities
5. Comprehensive data bank of Islamic
trainings and sciences, consists of: Quran, the People of the
House, Hadith, commandments, prayer, pilgrim, etc. with
6. Teaching current and compact lessons of
theological centers, presenting more than 1800hours of lessons’
voice, along with comprehensive library consists of Islamic and
cultural books with complete text and index
7. Presenting literary texts and
introducing different art activities
8. Sport part consists of sport news,
interview with athletes, and publishing different sport
9. Social part consists of different social
articles and researches, family consultation, nutrition
consultation, hygiene, …
Selling and offering cultural products of Tebyan institute and
other cultural institutes
Tebyan site is available in English and Persian languages and
also in Arabic in the near future. This site has 1500 members
and daily they can use free internet for 2 hours.
Using free internet do as this:
User name: Tebyannet
Telephone number: 9718733
Maybe there are many people in the society who don’t know
Tehran Times, the newspaper published under general policies of
Islamic Development Organization; this is an opportunity to gain
some information about it.
After Islamic Revolution of Iran’s victory and in order to
disseminate Revolution massage beyond the borders, a widespread
media was needed to undertake this task. This need was felt very
well by Ayatollah Muhammad Beheshti and he decided to publish
English newspaper, Tehran Times, coincided by Revolution. The
newspaper’s general policy was shaped by valuable directives of
Martyr Beheshti, he said: “Tehran Times is not the government’s
newspaper, but it has to help Revolution and be the voice of the
oppressed of the world.”
This eloquent saying was written on the yard wall of Tehran
Times to be in the minds forever as a work guide. Now, after
many years, Tehran Times has become a mighty tree, whose fruit
is attracting audience and readers in more than 82 countries of
Diligent employees of this publication come together from
different parts of Tehran to put result of their efforts in 16
pages at the newspaper stands.
Iran, world, political, social, economic, and sport news and
notes are the subjects that Tehran Times works on them.
Tehran Times makes a special effort to reflect cultural and
religious issues because of its mission.
In the Islamic Eids and religious ceremonies, the cultural
and art pages of the newspaper are allocated to related subjects
to that special Eid or ceremony. Also the topics such as Iran
attractions, women, children and internet have not been
forgotten to make the topics different. And the enthusiasts can
read the related news and articles to the mentioned topics in a
special page weekly.
Tehran Times has made every kind of legal effort to attract
audience; even in 1999 it published some of the pages in color.
At the moment, Tehran Times is a reliable resource to which
countries’ agencies in Tehran refer to gain correct information
about leading systems in the country and finally as foreign
languages students refer to this newspaper to learn English
correctly; the educational aspect has to be added to the
additional application of Tehran Times.
1. Administrative and financial center
2. Educational and research center
3. Publicity and cultural affairs
Administrative and Financial Affairs Center
Administrative and financial center is responsible for
routine and main affairs; this center is in charge of supporting
activities of all parts of the Organization and plays role of a
supportive center in the Organization.
Administrative and financial center has four subcategories
with certain responsibilities. Considering crucial condition of
Islamic Development Organization, administrative and financial
center, besides its own main responsibilities, is active in
cultural affairs too and by holding competitions and considering
welfare of the personnel’s families, respecting the clients has
been its daily work plan and it makes great effort to fulfill
this plan correctly.
Responsibilities of administrative and financial center:
1. Planning for attracting, keeping and
reforming manpower structure of the Organization.
2. Planning, improving and developing
ability of manpower such: training during doing service and
training, motivational and practical programs.
3. Observing regulations and approved
commands in matter of employment, and communicating them to
different departments and supervising their performance.
4. Fulfilling the plans of making changes
in country’s administrative system in framework of the approved
5. Mechanizing needed systems of the
Organization by utilizing modern technology and effective
6. Receiving incomes, financial facilities
and paying expenses in related sources, and supervising
enforcement of related laws and regulations.
7. Establishing relation and coordination
with country’s legal authorities and responding to supervisory
and audit institutions.
8. Planning and meeting provision, service
and support needs for Organization programs.
9. Taking necessary measures for getting
Organization rights by related authorities.
Supervising valid contracts with real and legal persons.
Compiling, protecting and appropriate using of Organization’s
Planning for establishing, protecting and utilizing
Organization’s buildings and institutions and supervising
performance of communicated regulations and instructions.
Planning, organizing and optimizing Organization’s estates.
Administrative and financial center has four subcategories:
1. Estates and reconstruction department
2. General department of financial affairs
3. General department of administrative
4. Legal affairs management
Every of these subcategories are responsible for considering
a part of general responsibilities of administrative and
Educational and Research Center
According to the new attitude of Islamic Development
Organization, a special attention has been paid to research and
education, and educational and research center was established
to make more coordination and accelerate the process of
providing people with services.
The aims and priorities of this center:
1. Office of preparing and compiling texts
and publications, with three subgroups of preparing and
compiling texts, preparing and compiling publications and
2. Office of planning and developing
theological higher education. The main responsibility of this
office is to supervise and evaluate educational function of
higher education centers related to the Organization, such as
“Sura higher education institute” with its enormous branches in
different cities of country and also scientific and practical
3. Office of planning and developing
expert-cultural trainings and specialized trainings of
publicity. The most important responsibility of this office is
to develop and enforce expert-educational courses of needed
cultural and publicity cadres according to priorities and needs.
4. Office of practical researches planning
with three subgroups: cultural-theological researches, social
researches and basic researches.
The most important responsibility of this office is to plan
and do strategic studies and practical researches in the field
of cultural needs and issues of different classes of Islamic
society especially the young, in order to develop and deepen
Islamic trainings and religious culture. Other new and efficient
attitude of Islamic Development Organization is to reduce his
leadership in the field of needed researches of the
Organization. So the order of doing these researches is given to
reliable researches institutes and proficient researchers, and
the Organization supervises and evaluates them and uses results
of their works.
5. Group of planning and developing schools
of Islamic trainings and sciences. The most important
responsibility of this group is to plan for education of
interested students in the field of Islamic trainings and
Educational and research center by using above intellectual
and executive powers in addition to mentioned activities has
responsibility for doing:
1. Planning and doing strategic studies and
practical researches in the field of cultural needs of different
classes of Islamic society especially the young, in order to
develop religious culture and Islamic trainings.
2. Scientific and research supporting of
the Organization’s activities and plans.
3. Providing right solutions for meeting
the needs and resolving cultural problems according to the
4. Identifying and analyzing cultural and
publicity tricks against Islam and offering solutions to
confront them according to the Organization’s missions.
5. Preparing and providing the matter of
cultural and publicity activities of the Organization.
6. Arranging occasional meetings and
studies in the field of knowing the young, students, women,
educated ones and etc. in order to gain information about the
latest condition of the society’s thoughts.
7. Establishing relation and cooperation
with thinkers of theological centers, educational and research
centers and information dissemination centers in order to
utilize the present facilities and abilities.
8. Collecting information, considering and
evaluating the effect of cultural products offered in the
9. Holding scientific-investigative
meetings in order to develop and deepen religious culture.
Compiling, translating, producing and publishing appropriate and
needed books, texts and publications in order to deepen and
develop Islamic trainings and culture according to the
Observing doubts and questions related to beliefs and culture
and responding to them.
Establishing expert libraries, magazine archive, and data bank
of cultural-religious researches in order to employ researchers
in the domains related to the Organization’s missions and
equipping the present libraries with books and other cultural
and religious products.
Publishing cultural-religious news letter or reports for giving
information to the managers of the Organization and other
Organizing cultural-religious researches and supporting the
researchers and authors in this field.
Evaluating the ability of the society and audience of the
Organization, finding the quality and effect of the programs
performed by the Organization.
Planning and performing educational-expert programs in order
to improve ability of cultural groups who are effective in
cultural-religious development of the society.
Planning for utilizing all capacities of country’s state-
educational system in order to provide expert man power in the
field of cultural-publicity management and expertise.
Planning for establishing and developing higher education
institutes needed by the Organization.
Considering and suggesting lesson instruction of the present
majors in the higher education institutes related to the
Organization and supervising their functions.
Planning, developing, conducting and supervising Islamic
trainings and sciences schools throughout the country.
So, a group of specialists and top graduates of the country’s
theological centers and universities have come together in this
center to carry out the important and serious issue of research
and education in the country to the extent that is related to
the missions and responsibilities of Islamic Development
Publicity and Cultural Affairs Center
According to the new attitude of Islamic Development
Organization towards publicity and cultural issues since 2001,
and reconsidering policies of the Organization and major
cultural and religious publicity aims, basic points of
education, research and investigation, publishing and
disseminating Islamic trainings and culture, getting close to
Generous Quran, and utilizing new tools and modern technology
became the main programs of the Organization. By reforming
executive and operating plans, publicizing geniune Islam,
strengthening divine thralldom spirit, disseminating good
morality, transmitting message of Islamic Revolution, all
programs and efforts were adopted and planned for disseminating
Islamic and Revolutionary culture.
Developing Quranic activities, paying attention to mosques
and religious centers, enforcing dissemination of
religious-educational information, investigation and publishing,
needed reforms in man power, strengthening support and dispatch
of publicist throughout the country, organizing activities of
religious assemblies and developing cultural-popular activities
are the most important aims and activities of this center,
considering basic points of the Organization plans.
At the moment, publicity and cultural affairs center has
responsibility for managing offices of 28 provinces, 149 offices
of towns, 150 agencies in the bureaus and state organizations
and also 120 cultural and publicity centers throughout the
Also, this center has supported the institutes related to the
Organization. This center has covered more than 2500 villages by
dispatching 850 resident clerics. Dispatching more than 53283
religious publicists in the special occasions, supporting 1000
mosques throughout the country, supporting 1661 Islamic
assemblies, 2600 religious bodies, 1400popular-cultural centers,
and fulfilling more than 38 independent, new and efficient plans
in order to revive and reform religious rituals throughout the
country, are other activities of this center. This center has
six subgroups that each of them is responsible for doing a