Hawza Programme

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Overview


AMI’s Hawza Programme integrates the study of traditional Islamic sciences taught at the seminaries of Qom and Najaf with modern approaches and theories. The programme equips students with the critical skills and knowledge required to read, analyse, and contextualise classical Arabic texts allowing them to engage in an in-depth study of religion, theology and language. During their studies, students are introduced to the core Islamic sciences including Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Qur’anic studies, Theology, Philosophy, Logic, and Mysticism. Taught by a diverse range of scholars who have received the highest level of training in both traditional and western academic settings, the Hawza Programme ensures that students get the best of both worlds.

Students can opt to undertake the 4-year full-time study route, or alternatively study on a part-time basis enrolling on a selection of modules each semester. The Institute’s online learning platform allows those who are not able to attend in-house to study via distance learning and gain access to lectures, seminars, and a wide range of learning materials.

As of September 2018, students successfully completing the first three years of the Hawza Programme can obtain a Postgraduate Master’s degree in Islamic Studies awarded by the University of Birmingham in the fourth year. With a thorough grounding in both traditional Islamic sciences and academia, students will not only be able to pursue careers as religious ministers, but also work in academia, teaching, consulting media and governmental and non-governmental organisations.

MA in Islamic Studies


AMI has partnered with the University of Birmingham (UoB) to offer a Master’s degree in Islamic Studies. Students who successfully complete the first three years of the Hawza Programme (by achieving 450 credits out of 510 credits) will have the opportunity to obtain a Postgraduate Master’s degree in Islamic Studies awarded by and studied at the University of Birmingham (UoB), in the final year of the Hawza Programme.

UoB’s MA in Islamic Studies programme will offer AMI students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required in the study of Islamic Studies, in both historical and contemporary contexts, creating an ideal foundation for conducting further research. Having explored classical Arabic texts in the first three years of the Hawza Programme, students will have the opportunity engage with material that is at the forefront of contemporary academic research in Islamic Studies, mainly with a historical, sociological, contextual, legal, or philosophical emphasis.

As part of the MA in Islamic Studies, students will be required to undertake three core modules (taught at UoB) in:

  • Approaches to Studying Islam (traditional)
  • Approaches to Studying Islam (modern)
  • Research Methods

Students will also be required to undertake three optional modules from a range which typically includes:

  • Medieval Arabic Thought (taught at AMI)
  • Thematic Study of Shi’ism: History, Doctrines and Religious Authority (taught at AMI)
  • Feminism in the Muslim World (taught at UoB)
  • Islam in Europe (taught at UoB)
  • Islamic Philosophy (taught at UoB)
  • Muslim Thinkers of the Western World (taught at UoB)
  • Political Islam (taught at UoB)

Please note: The MA programme is currently only available to study in-house at AMI and the UoB’s Edgbaston campus. To view the full structure of the MA programme, click here.

Course Duration & Assessment Methods:

The Hawza programme at AMI is taught over three years, with two 17-week semesters in each year. At the end of each semester, students are assessed by a range of assessment methods including assignments, written exams, oral exams and class presentations.

During the final year of study, the MA in Islamic Studies programme (taught at UoB and AMI) will consist of two 11-week semesters with each module being assessed by a 4000-word assignment due at the end of the semester. Students will also need to submit a 15,000-word supervised dissertation at the end of the year.

Fees and Funding:

Tuition fees for the Hawza Programme (full-time) are currently £5000.00 per annum. However, students who are unable to pay the full fees may apply for a tuition fee waiver which can reduce tuition fees to £150 per semester (totalling to £300 per year).

Tuition fees for the MA Islamic Studies programme at the University of Birmingham for 2018/19 are as follows;

UK / EU: £9,000 (full-time)

International: £16,290 (full-time)

Scholarships:

AMI offers up to three full scholarships for UK/EU students enrolling on the Hawza programme. Scholarships include a full tuition fees, in-house accommodation and/or monthly stipends of £200. Find out more here. Exceptional students who successfully complete the Hawza Programme will be awarded a Post-graduate scholarship to fully fund their Post-graduate studies at UoB.

Can I study Part-time?

Yes! Students who wish to study on the Hawza programme on a part-time basis can study up to five modules per semester allowing them to study for as long as it takes to achieve the required credits in order to continue on the MA in Islamic Studies programme at UoB.

The MA in Islamic Studies programme can also be studied part-time over two years.

Subjects Taught


AMI’s Hawza Programme, delivered entirely in English and Arabic, is based on a modified version of the syllabus studied in the traditional Islamic centres of learning. The intensive and focused mode of study allows the four-year course to cover aspects of traditional seminary studies, generally lasting between eight or nine years in the Hawzas of Qom and Najaf, whilst ensuring that the quality of learning is not compromised in any way. The defining characteristic of the programme is its emphasis on critical thinking and non-dogmatic teaching, equipping students with the skills to address the diverse and changing needs of contemporary society.

Arabic
History
Fiqh (Jurisprudence)
Usul Al-Fiqh
Hadith Studies
Irfan (Mysticism)
Qur’anic Studies
Ilm Al-Kalam (Theology)
Falsafa (Philosophy)
Mantiq (Logic)
Other Modules

Course Structure


The Hawza Programme consists of two 17-week semesters each year from September to February and March to July with classes typically taught on Mondays to Thursdays at 9:00am – 4:30pm. At the end of each semester, students are assessed by a range of assessment methods including assignments, written exams, oral exams and class presentations.

The Course structure below outlines the modules taught in each semester over the course of four years. Full-time students would be required to undertake all modules, whereas, part-time students may enrol on a maximum of five modules per semester.

Upon successful completion of the first three years, students have the option to either continue on to the MA in Islamic Studies Programme at University of Birmingham (UoB) or, complete their final year of studies at AMI.

Modules marked with an asterisk (*) below are entry-level modules which are available for anyone to enrol on. All students entering the Hawza Programme must be able read basic Arabic. Students who wish to enrol on non entry-level modules, must fulfill the Module Prerequisites.

 

YEAR ONE – SEMESTER ONE (SEPTEMBER TO FEBRUARY)
Module Code Module NameCreditsUnits
USLINT*Introduction to Shi’i Legal Theory (أصول الفقه: مبادئ الأصول)102
THEINT*Introduction to Muslim theology & Shi’i belief152
ULMQUR*Qur’anic Sciences (علوم القرآن)302
HISONE*Pre-Islamic History and History of Prophet Mohammad202
FIQINT*Introduction to Islamic Law52
ARBONE*Arabic Level One1010
PHIINT*Introduction to Philosophy in the Islamic World102
Total: 100Total: 22
YEAR ONE – SEMESTER TWO (MARCH TO JULY)
Module CodeModule NameCreditsUnits
ULMHAD*Hadith & Rijal Studies (علوم الحديثو رجال)303
FIQTAHRitual Purity and its Juristic Evidence (فقه: الطهارة)52
USLHALIntroduction to Baqir al Sadr’s Legal theory (علم الأصول: حلقة الإولى)103
LOGTAWLogic: Conceptual Discussions (منطق: التصورات)202
HISTWO*Post-Prophet and Ummayad History202
ARBTWOArabic Level Two108
IRFINT*Introduction to Muslim Mysticism102
Total: 105Total: 22
YEAR TWO – SEMESTER ONE (SEPTEMBER TO FEBRUARY)
Module CodeModule NameCreditsUnits
LOGTADLogic: Syllogisms (منطق: التصديقات)202
HISTHRPost-Umayyad & Otomon History202
FIQSALPrayer and its Juristic Evidence (فقه: الصلاة)52
FIQSZKFasting, Prescribed Alms & Taxes and their Juristic Evidence (الصوم، الزكاة والخمس)52
ARBTHRArabic Level Three108
USLALFLinguistic discussions in Shi’i Legal theory (أصول الفقه: مباحث الألفاظ)54
PHICONIssues in Contemporary Philosophy102
Total: 75Total: 22
YEAR TWO – SEMESTER TWO (MARCH TO JULY)
Module CodeModule NameCreditsUnits
ARBFORArabic Level Four108
FIQHJAPilgrimage, Religious Warfare & Enjoining Good and their Juristic Evidence (فقه: الحج، الجهاد والأمر بالمعروف)52
FIQBIJFinancial Transactions & Leasing and their Juristic Evidence (فقه: البيع والإجارة)52
LOGFIVLogic: Five Arts (منطق: الصناعات الخمسة)202
USLALFLinguistic discussions in Shi’i Legal theory  (أصول الفقه: مباحث الألفاظ)54
IRFISHPhilosophy of Mysticism102
FIQNKTMarriage & Divorce and their Juristic Evidence (فقه: النكاح والطلاق)52
THEEXITheology: Existence & Attributes of God (كلام: إثبات واجب الوجود والصانع)152
Total: 75Total: 24
YEAR THREE – SEMESTER ONE (SEPTEMBER TO FEBRUARY)
Module CodeModule NameCreditsUnits
PHIBIDSadrian Philosophy: Existence and its Properties  (فلسفة: الوجود وأحكامه)102
IRFQAY Theoretical Mysticism: The Unity of Existence and the Sufi Path of Knowledge (عرفان: الوجود ومراتب الكشف)102
FIQSMBEquity Partnerships and Trustee Financed Partnerships ( فقه: الشركة والمضاربة)52
ARBFIVArabic Level Five104
USLHUJThe Authority of Evidence in Shi’i Legal theory (أصول الفقه: مباحث الحجة)54
USLAQLRational Discussions in Shi’i Legal theory  (أصول الفقه: الملازمة العقلية)54
FIQHUTCriminal Law & Punishment and their Juristic Evidence (فقه: الحدود، القصاص والطذرات)52
FIQASIConsumables & Inheritance & their Juristic Evidence (فقه: الأطعمة، الأشربة والإرث)52
THEPIMTheology: Prophethood & Imamology (كلام: النبوة والإمامة)152
Total: 70Total: 24
YEAR THREE – SEMESTER TWO (MARCH TO JULY)
Module CodeModule NameCreditsUnits
ARBSIXArabic Level Six104
IRFQY2Theoretical Mysticism: The Five Divine Presences and the Perfect Human (عرفان: العوالم الخمسة والإنسان الكامل)204
PHIBD2Sadrian Philosophy: Quiddity and its Properties (فلسفة: الماهية وأحكامه)204
USLHUJThe Authority of Evidence in Shi’i Legal theory (أصول الفقه: مباحث الحجة)54
USLAQLRational Discussions in Shi’i Legal theory (أصول الفقه: الملازمة العقلية)54
THEMADTheology: Eschatology (كلام: المعاد)152
FIQIJTLegal Derivation & Emulation and their Juristic Evidence (فقه: الاجتهاد والتقليد)52
FIQMAKFiqh: Readings of Makasib al-Ansari (فقه: مكاسب الشيخ الأنصاري)52
Total: 85Total: 26
YEAR FOUR – SEMESTER ONE (SEPTEMBER TO FEBRUARY)
Module CodeModule NameCreditsUnits
PHIBD3        Sadrian Philosophy: The Neccessary Existence and its Properties (فلسفة: واجب الوجود وأحكامه)204
USLAMLProcedural principles in Shi’i legal theory (الأصول العملية)102
METHODMethodological Issues in the study of Islam102
Total: 40Total: 8
YEAR FOUR – SEMESTER TWO (MARCH TO JULY)
Module CodeModule NameCreditsUnits
DISSDissertation30N/A
Total: 30N/A

Other optional modules offered include;

Module CodeModule NameCreditsUnits
ILMTAFIlm al-Tafsir102
QAWONEQawaid al Fiqhiyya (i)102
QAWTWOQawaid al Fiqhiyya (ii)102
ARBBL1Balagha102
ARBBL2Balagha (ii)102
PHILFQPhilosophy of Fiqh102
ISLPLUIslam & Religious Pluralism102
ISLINTIslam & International Law102

Please note:To graduate from the Hawza Programme, students must achieve a total of 520 credits out of a total of 580 credits over the four years.

For more information on Fees and Finance for the Hawza programme, please click here

For more information on the Hawza Programme and different modes of studying available, please email our Educational Programmes Manager on  rukhsana.bhanji@almahdi.edu

Distance Learning


For students who are unable to study in-house at the Institute, AMI also offers its Hawza Programme via the distance learning route enabling students worldwide to access the programme from anywhere and at any time.

With state-of the art smart boards, audio equipment and class-recording software, students can gain access to lectures, seminars and a wide range of learning materials through the Institute’s online learning platform, Canvas, which is available to access on laptops, smartphones, handheld tablets and desktop computers.

Applications to study on the Hawza programme via distance learning can be submitted in the same way as regular applications. Click on the ‘Apply Online’ button above submit your application.

Fees


Full-time Study:

Tuition fees for Full-time study on the Hawza Programme are currently £5000 per year. Students who cannot afford to pay full fees are eligible to apply for a 100% tuition fee waiver. This means, students would only be required to pay a £150 Registration fee per semester, totalling to £300 per year.

Part-time Study:

Tuition fees for Part-time study on the Hawza Programme are comprised of a module fee of £360 per semester plus a £50 registration fee per semester. Students who cannot afford to pay full fees may be eligible for 50% or 90% waivers on their module fees. Students can apply for module fee waivers at the Enrollment stage. Please see the below table for more

Per Module Fee

Subsidised Fee (50% waiver)

Subsidised Fee (90% waiver)

£360

£180

£36

MA In Islamic Studies Programme (fourth year of the Hawza Programme):

Tuition fees for the MA Islamic Studies programme at the University of Birmingham for 2018/19 are as follows;

UK / EU: £9,000 (full-time)

International: £16,290 (full-time)

 

Scholarships


AMI Full-time Scholarship:

AMI offers all prospective UK/EU full-time, in-house students the opportunity to apply for a limited number of scholarships. The range of scholarships available are awarded based on merit and may entitle applicants to receive a full-waiver on tuition fees, on-campus accommodation and/or monthly stipends of £200 for the full duration of the Hawza Programme.

Currently, AMI does not offer any scholarships for international students. However, international students can still study the Hawza Programme via the distance learning route.

UK/EU Students who wish to apply for a scholarship to support their studies can do so by submitting a personal statement along with their Hawza Application form.

The Personal statement should explain why you wish to study the Hawza Programme at AMI, what you hope to gain from studying on the programme, what your future ambitions/goals are and how the scholarship will aid your studies. Scholarship applications are reviewed by the selection committee on the 1st July and 1st August of each Academic year.

AMI Post-Graduate Scholarship:

Students who successfully complete the first three years of the Hawza Programme and wish undertake the MA in Islamic Studies programme at UoB in their final year, may be eligible to apply for a Post-graduate scholarship to fully fund their studies. Up to three of the best students each year, will be awarded the scholarship based on their overall performance and results over the first three years of the Hawza Programme.

Please note the MA in Islamic Studies programme at UoB is only available for study on-campus at AMI and UoB. It is not currently available to study via distance learning.

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