About Us

Al-Mahdi Institute (AMI) is committed to providing an open platform for critical Muslim scholarship through its education, research and outreach initiatives. Our unique approach to training future generations of thinkers assimilates traditional Twelver seminary scholarship with modern approaches to the study of Islam, leaving students well-equipped to contribute meaningfully in both academic circles and grass-roots communities. Through our long-term commitment to dialogue with Muslims and non-Muslims alike, AMI’s activities provide a platform for diverse religious voices to learn from one another. 

RESIDENTIAL HAWZA PROGRAMME WITH SCHOLARSHIP

The Hawza Programme taught at Al-Mahdi Institute continues the Shia heritage of teaching core Islamic sciences including Jurisprudence, Legal Theory, Arabic, Theology, Philosophy and Logic. This equips students with the critical skills and knowledge required to read and analyse classical Arabic texts, allowing them to engage in an in-depth study of religion. Taught entirely in English by a 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 applying for the Residential Hawza Programme are eligible to apply for a scholarship including on-campus accommodation, monthly stipends and tuition fees for the full duration of the programme.

ADMISSIONS

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RESIDENTS STUDYING AT AMI

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SCHOLARSHIPS

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MA IN ISLAMIC STUDIES FROM UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Al-Mahdi Institute 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 have the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate degree, awarded by UoB, in the final year of the Hawza Programme. The course, which is taught across both UoB and AMI campuses, allows students to develop knowledge and skills required in the study of Islamic Studies, in both historical and contemporary contexts, creating an ideal foundation for conducting further research.  

COURSE STRUCTURE

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MA PROGRAMME

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FACULTY

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HAWZA ON DEMAND: ANYTIME & ANYWHERE

You can also study AMI’s Hawza Programme on demand at anytime and anywhere! Get a glimpse into our Hawza Programme by accessing all our courses online at your convenience. 

BEGINNERS ARABIC: LEVEL ONE

Our Arabic course is tailor-made for the needs of Hawza students, preparing them to independently understand classical Hawza texts over six modules. The beginner’s Arabic module is ideal for anyone who is already familiar with the Arabic alphabet. Through listening practice, written assignments and language quizzes students will learn essential grammatical structures and a range of vocabulary.  Upon completion, students will be able to competently recognise and construct an array of sentences in Arabic.  

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Our Research & Outreach Activities

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AMI Research Seminar: “Sufism and Shi’ism or Shi’i Sufism” by Dr. Alessandro Cancian (The Institute of Ismaili Studies)
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Sufism and Shi’ism or Shi’i Sufism: an early modern mystical Shi’ commentary and it’s place in the intellectual history of Shi’ism Alessandro Cancian (The Institute of Ismaili Studies)   Video: Abstract: The history of Shiʿi Sufism is yet to receive …
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The battle of Jamal: Understanding Imam Ali’s stance with the leaders who opposed him
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The death of Uthman bin Affan, the third caliph, led to civil unrest and conflict within the Muslim community. These conflicts saw the wife of the Prophet, Lady Aisha, and his close companions such as Talha ibn Ubaydallah and Zubayr …

What People Say

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Mrs Anderson al-wazni

Current Part-time Student
The Hawza has been hugely supportive in my professional efforts outside of the classroom, which I greatly appreciate. I feel the program not only supports the education of its students, but also for them to become active members of our community and society. I hold an advanced degree outside hawza and in all my education I have never felt as supported by a school as I have the Al-Mahdi Institute. I willl continue to recommend this program to others.
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Dr Seyed Amir Akrami

Former Lectures in Islamic Studies at AMI
Al-Mahdi Institute is a place for serious attempts to learn about the most fundamental and important classical Islamic, and particularly Shi'i texts through a close and critical study, always keeping our contemporary concerns and questions in mind.
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Mrs Mahdiyah Abdulhussain

Graduate of AMI
The course at AMI amalgamates traditional scholarship with contemporary approach providing students with a thorough grounding in Islamic sciences as well as academic rigour required to pursue further studies. The friendly demeanour of lectures and impromptu lessons in the gardens and and AMI Chapel created a thoroughly enjoyable and unique experience.
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Tarek Miernek

Graduate of AMI
The institute has given me the opportunity for both intellectual and spiritual development. its unique character lies in the teachers from diverse backgrounds giving the students an insight into different perspectives, and encouraging them to think outside the box.
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Mr Asgar Rahmatullah

Graduate of AMI
The Al-Mahdi institute gives the students a unique opportunity to partake in a rigourous study of the traditional Hawza syllabus, supplemented by critical insights from contemporary discourses in areas such as Morality, Epistemology and Hermeneutics. The small class-sizes foster detailed interactive debates, as does the Institute's intellectually vibrant atmosphere. The quality of teaching is superb, aided by unfettered access to academic staff and excellent library resources.