所 长: 卓新平(研究员)
地 址: 北京建国门内大街5号
电 话: (010)65138521(科研处)
传 真: (010)65221532
INSTITUTE OF WORLD RELIGIONS
ACADEMY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
As the only nation-wide centre for academic research of religion, the Institute of World Religions (IWR) devotes itself to the multe-dimensional studies of the doctrines, history and present situation of the major religions in the world, so as to enhance an overall understanding of the human ideas and cultural traditions, and render service in a broad way to the national modernizations and to the building up of the spiritual civilization of Chinese society.
With a moderest start in 1964, IWR has witnessed a rapid growing in size through protracted efforts ever since its founding, which has at the present a membership of 78. Among them are 20 professors, 24 associate professors and 22 assistant professors.
* Department of Buddhist Studies
* Department of Christian Studies
* Department of Islamic Studies
* Department of Studies of Taoism and Folk-religious
* Department of Confucian Studies
* Department of General Theory of Religion
* Department of Contemporary Religious Studies
* Department of Religious Culture and Art Studies
* Publishing House of Journals in Studies on World Religions
IWR also functions as coordinator for religious studies at the national level. This role is seen by the fact that the institute also serves as site of the Chinese Association of Religious Studies (CARS) and that IWR director is at the same time chairman of CARS.
* Centre for the Studies of Christianity, CASS
* Centre for the Studies of Buddhism, CASS
* Centre for the Studies of Taoism, CASS
* Centre for the Studies of Cults, CASS
* Centre for the Studies of Confucianism, IWR
* Centre for the Studies of Bahai Faith, IWR
IWR adheres to the attitude of seeking truth from facts, practises academic democracy and respect independent spirit by individual scholars in scientific research. It also organizes and encourages its members to undertake projects of important academic values and of present significances sponsored or designed by the academic bodies at different levels, of which almost 200 projects have been undertaken or completed. Among them many works such as The Great Tripitaka of China (Chinese Texts) and A Comprehensive Discussion of Religious Studies have been awarded prizes for their excellencies. By 2007 IWR has published almost 500 books as well as more than 2000 papers and articles, apart from translation works, reference books and collection of academic materials that are very big in quantity.
IWR has two journals. Created in 1979, Studies on World Religions publishes academic papers and thesis by authors at home and from abroad, introducing trends and information in religious studies both at home and in other parts of the world . World Religious Culture (the former Material on World Religions, 1980 -1994) focuses its attention on the dimension of religious culture with equal coverage of academic discussion and basic knowledge. Both of the quarterly are published and distributed by Publishing House of Journals in Studies on World Religions. IWR publishes also Yearbook of Religious Studies in China and Chinese Religious Studies.
POST –GRADUATE PROGRAMMES
IWR offers the training of high-level research personnel for religious studies. Among its staff members are 9 doctor tutors and 22 master tutors who give lectures and instructions to the students in the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. They have accepted since 1979 74 students reading for doctorate and 92 students for master degree. IWR scholars often give lectures on religious topics at the invitation to students in other colleges and universities in Beijing.
OPENING TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD
IWR pays great attention to making exchange and co-operations with overseas academic bodies and individual scholars sharing similar interest in religious studies. It has sent since 1982 a number of its scholars to countries of North America, Europe, Asia and Africa to do research or graduate studies, and at the same time the institute has received each year a hundred of guest scholars from foreign countries and from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. IWR has sponsored or participated in over the past years a number of international academic conferences and seminars on religion and has benefited a lot from such activities. IWR welcomes with openarms all guests, scholars and friends throughout the world.
HEADS AND ADDRESS
Director: Professor Zhuo Xinping
Associate Professor Cao Zhongjian
Professor Jin Ze
Address: Institute of World Religions
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
5 Jianguomennei Street
Beijing 100732, P. R. China