Razavi University of Islamic Sciences
It is situated in the north of the Engelab court (Sahn Atiq) and east of Bast Shaykh Tabarsi and occupies a total area of 22000 sq.meters.
After the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979 the Mirza Jafar and Khairat Khan Islamic seminaries situated within the precincts of the holy shrine were rebuilt. Its ancient parts built during the Safavid period had been preserved and renovated and some new building have been added which altogether comprises the new Islamic university complex known as "Razavi University of Islamic Sciences". The new four floored grand complex is biult in traditional Islamic architeture which includes 22 classroms, two amphitheatres, 250 bedrooms, library and some other essential facilities. This Islamic university was inaugurated on 11th Zee -al Qa'dah, 1404 A.H./ 8 August, 1984 on the birthday anniversary of Imam Reza (A.S.).
The education system of this Islamic university is based on the combination of the systems of education of the traditional Islamic seminaries and modern universities. It trains experts in various fields of Islamic sciences. At present more than 600 students from Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Lebanon, Uganda, China and Tanzania are studying in the university. At present, this university endeavours to train students in three courses containing Qur'anic and Hadith Sciences, Islamic Law, Theology and Philosophy at the graduation and post-graduation levels. The entrance to the university is by a nationwide general entrance test and the knowledge of Arabic and Islamic Sciences at pre-university level is a requisite for registering at this university. English and French are also taught in the university. The research centre of the university carries out special research in Islamic sciences particularly the subjects dealing with the Qur'anic sciences. The scientific journal Andisheh-i Howzeh (The Islamic Seminary's Thought) in Persian is one of the famous and leading journals in Islamic Republic of Iran is published regularly by this university.