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Iran: Supreme Leader urges reforms at seminaries

Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei

Tehran, Nov 30, IRNA - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here on Thursday underlined the need for seminaries to undergo reforms.

In a meeting with a group of Qom, Mashhad and Isfahan seminary instructors, researchers and preachers, Ayatollah Khamenei also called on the theological centers to consider importance of foresightedness, reforms management, textbook revision, free debate and adoption of policies in tune with their needs.

"Considering the heavy duty that seminaries and seminarians are shouldering vis-a-vis public faith, foresightedness gets double importance. Change (in seminaries) is inevitable. Negligence of reforms would be tantamount to elimination and isolation. Therefore, one should admit reforms and guide it into its right direction," stressed the Supreme Leader.

The grand Ayatollah then highlighted importance of proper management of reforms.

The Supreme Leader urged seminaries to have an informed planning council to use sophisticated and scientific methods to make necessary plans.

Massoumeh-Shrine in Qom

In the four-hour meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei also called for formation of scientific teams at seminaries to deal with different branches of science.

The group of 17 seminary scholars had prior to the Supreme Leader's speech briefed him on their activities and function.

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