With the advent of Islamic revolution in Iran, religious studies entered a new phase of growth and proliferation. In 1979, a cultural and preaching institution was established on the order of Imam Khomeini (in Qom). This institution was later on called Islamic Propagation Office of Qom Seminary. The main duty of this institution was to deal with cultural concerns and address religious questions raised by the newly established Islamic political system in Iran. In addition to undertaking propagation-related activities, it added (later on) education and research works, to its menu of activities.
In 1983, the need to study Islamic original sources and the need to revive Islamic culture in accordance with the demands of time prompted the authorities to establish the first research center of Islamic Propagation Office under the title of Islamic Studies and Research Center. As this center gradually flourished, it turned into four academies (related to Islamic philosophy and Islamic theology, Jurisprudence and Laws, Political Sciences and Thought, History and Conduct of Ahlulbayt) and three research centers (belonging to revival of Islamic works, glossary of Islamic sciences and answering religious questions).
Lack of scholarly Quranic studies (in the country)caused Islamic Propagation Office of Qom Seminary to establish an independent center to address this concern. Having attracted the best students of Quranic sciences and having already carried out many important research projects this center is now the greatest center for Quranic studies in Iran. Given the need for scholarly studies on Mahdaviyat (the belief in final savior called Mahdi), the authorities have also established Mahdaviyat Academy and Future-related studies, the first of its kind in this area.
Considering the need for studying cultural conditions of the society and environmental requirements, in 2008, the Academy authorities began to establish a center for cultural and social studies.
Moreover, ever since 1989, Islamic Propagation Office has begun to launch various research activities in Khurasan Razavi. Making use of Khurasan seminary and university potentials, it has established various scientific departments and accomplished tens of research projects. Keeping in mind local requirements and the conditions of local seminaries, the Isfahan branch of Islamic Propagation Office has also begun its research activities in recent years.
After it was approved to change the (organizational) structure of Islamic Propagation Office in 2000s, it was decided that all research centers be integrated into one academy. Having done the necessary procedural works, in 2005 the license for Islamic Sciences and Research Academy was finally received. With the aim to promote Islamic sciences, elucidate and disseminate Islamic and revolutionary beliefs and values and open new scholarly horizons to religious modernization with a methodological and systematic approach towards religious knowledge, the Academy began (which was now established) its activities.
Presently, Islamic Sciences and Culture Academy (ISCA) consists of five research centers, five centers and an independent research department. Moreover, it publishes six quarterly journals (Naqd wa Nadar, Fiqh, Islam wa Mutali'at Ijtimaei, Pajuhishahe Qurani (Khurasan Branch), Akhlaq Islamic (Isfahan Branch) and a bimonthly ('Aena Pajuhish).
Being active in the past three decades, the information resources of the Academy that work in the form of general and specialized libraries are currently among the top religious libraries in the country. General library is designed for seminary writers whereas the specialized library is devoted to Islamic sciences and humanities as well as Quranic studies. The Information resources includean archive as well for specialized newspapers, magazines and periodicals.
Having published more than 610 research works (of which 275 go to the Academy and the rest to Bustan e Kitab) and having obtained 181 rewards for its select works in (different) festivals and scholarly circles in the country (of which 64 works go the Academy and the rest to Bustan e Kitab), the Academy has set a record in accomplishing its mission. It is worth mentioning that in 2010 Islamic Sciences and Research Academy was announced as a superior research institute by the fourth Farabi International Festival.