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.
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.
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.
RESIDENTIAL HAWZA PROGRAMME v HAWZA ON DEMAND?
Students often ask whether it is better to study the HP residentially or anywhere and anytime on demand. The below table compares the benefits of both…
|Common Questions Asked|
|Can i study the entire programme|
|Can i eligible to obtain the MA from UOB?|
|Can i contact my teachers if i have any questions?|
|Do i get an opportunity to interact with my teachers during class?|
|Do i get to study with my fellow students (mubahitha)?|
|Can i attend another events at AMI such as FW CIMS?|
|Am i eligible to apply for a scholarship?|
|Do i need any prior Islamic studies to apply?|
|Do i need to read Arabic?|
|Can international students apply?|
|Can i apply for a tuition fee waiver?|
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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