About Us

Established in 1993, the Al-Mahdi Institute is committed to providing an open platform for critical Muslim scholarship through its education, research and outreach initiatives. Its unique approach to training future generations of thinkers assimilates traditional 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 its long-term commitment to both intra and inter-faith dialogue, the Institute’s activities provide a platform for diverse religious voices to learn from one another.

RESIDENTIAL HAWZA PROGRAMME WITH SCHOLARSHIP

AMI’s Hawza combines classical Islamic & Arabic studies taught in the eastern seminaries of Najaf & Qom with a western approach. Taught entirely in English, AMI’s HP equips students with the necessary skills required to specialise in a range of subjects including Usul al fiqh, Islamic philosophy, theology, Arabic syntax and grammar etc. All students applying to study AMI’s Hawza Programme residentially are eligible to apply for a scholarship which awards full tuition fees, residential accommodation and monthly stipends.

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

Students who graduate from AMI’s Hawza Programme can now 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, allowing students to pursue a wider range of careers on completion. 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.

COURSE STRUCTURE

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MA PROGRAMME

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FACULTY

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HAWZA ON DEMAND: ANYTIME . ANYWHERE

Hawza on Demand is now available! You can study AMI’s Hawza Programme on demand anytime and anywhere! Get a glimpse into Islamic and Arabic studies by accessing all our courses online on demand.

BEGINNERS ARABIC: LEVEL ONE

This module introduces students to the basic structures of Arabic grammar, furnishes them with a range of vocabulary and teaches the different aspects of Arabic language patterns. By the end of this module, the student will have the ability to competently recognise and construct an array of sentences, which include interplays between a full scope of verbs, nouns and particles.

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Our Research & Outreach Activities

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Muharram 2020 | Discovering God | Shaykh Arif
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  From 21st to 31st August 2020, Shaykh Arif Abdulhussein spoke on ‘Discovering God’ as a part of the Muharram lecture series at Al-Mahdi Institute. The series had a limited number of attendees in-house due to the pandemic, with strict …
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Muharram 2020 : Discovering God
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To attend in person please register here (note: no ticket = no entry): https://bit.ly/shaykharifmuharram2020   Follow the series online here: shaykharif.com/live

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.