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Hawza Programme

£69.00

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 2019, students who successfully complete the first three years of the Hawza Programme can now obtain a can now obtain a BA degree in Islamic Theologocial Studies awarded by Mofid University in Iran.

Thereafter, students have the opportunity to either obtain a Post-graduate Masters degree in Islamic Studies awarded by University of Birmingham (home students only) or a Post-graduate Masters degree in Islamic Theological Studies awarded by Mofid University.

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)
  • Governance and Public law in Islamic Thought (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 2019/20 are as follows;

UK / EU: £9,250 full-time OR £4,625 part-time

International: £19,170 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 will be awarded a BA degree in Islamic Theological Studies by Mofid University. Thereafter, students have the opportunity to either obtain a Post-graduate Masters degree in Islamic Studies awarded by University of Birmingham (home students only) or a Post-graduate Masters degree in Islamic Theological Studies awarded by Mofid University.

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.

For any further queries, please email [email protected]

 

YEAR ONE – SEMESTER ONE (SEPTEMBER TO FEBRUARY)
Module Code  Module Name Credits Units
USLINT* Introduction to Shi’i Legal Theory (أصول الفقه: مبادئ الأصول) 10 2
THEINT* Introduction to Muslim theology & Shi’i belief 15 2
ULMQUR* Qur’anic Sciences (علوم القرآن) 30 2
HISONE* Pre-Islamic History and History of Prophet Mohammad 20 2
FIQINT* Introduction to Islamic Law 5 2
ARBONE* Arabic Level One 10 10
PHIINT* Introduction to Philosophy in the Islamic World 10 2
Total: 100 Total: 22
YEAR ONE – SEMESTER TWO (MARCH TO JULY)
Module Code Module Name Credits Units
ULMHAD* Hadith & Rijal Studies (علوم الحديثو رجال) 30 3
FIQTAH Ritual Purity and its Juristic Evidence (فقه: الطهارة) 5 2
USLHAL Introduction to Baqir al Sadr’s Legal theory (علم الأصول: حلقة الإولى) 10 3
LOGTAW Logic: Conceptual Discussions (منطق: التصورات) 20 2
HISTWO* Post-Prophet and Ummayad History 20 2
ARBTWO Arabic Level Two 10 8
IRFINT* Introduction to Muslim Mysticism 10 2
Total: 105 Total: 22
YEAR TWO – SEMESTER ONE (SEPTEMBER TO FEBRUARY)
Module Code Module Name Credits Units
LOGTAD Logic: Syllogisms (منطق: التصديقات) 20 2
HISTHR Post-Umayyad & Otomon History 20 2
FIQSAL Prayer and its Juristic Evidence (فقه: الصلاة) 5 2
FIQSZK Fasting, Prescribed Alms & Taxes and their Juristic Evidence (الصوم، الزكاة والخمس) 5 2
ARBTHR Arabic Level Three 10 8
USLALF Linguistic discussions in Shi’i Legal theory (أصول الفقه: مباحث الألفاظ) 5 4
PHICON Issues in Contemporary Philosophy 10 2
Total: 75 Total: 22
YEAR TWO – SEMESTER TWO (MARCH TO JULY)
Module Code Module Name Credits Units
ARBFOR Arabic Level Four 10 8
FIQHJA Pilgrimage, Religious Warfare & Enjoining Good and their Juristic Evidence (فقه: الحج، الجهاد والأمر بالمعروف) 5 2
FIQBIJ Financial Transactions & Leasing and their Juristic Evidence (فقه: البيع والإجارة) 5 2
LOGFIV Logic: Five Arts (منطق: الصناعات الخمسة) 20 2
USLALF Linguistic discussions in Shi’i Legal theory  (أصول الفقه: مباحث الألفاظ) 5 4
IRFISH Philosophy of Mysticism 10 2
FIQNKT Marriage & Divorce and their Juristic Evidence (فقه: النكاح والطلاق) 5 2
THEEXI Theology: Existence & Attributes of God (كلام: إثبات واجب الوجود والصانع) 15 2
Total: 75 Total: 24
YEAR THREE – SEMESTER ONE (SEPTEMBER TO FEBRUARY)
Module Code Module Name Credits Units
PHIBID Sadrian Philosophy: Existence and its Properties  (فلسفة: الوجود وأحكامه) 10 2
IRFQAY  Theoretical Mysticism: The Unity of Existence and the Sufi Path of Knowledge (عرفان: الوجود ومراتب الكشف) 10 2
FIQSMB Equity Partnerships and Trustee Financed Partnerships ( فقه: الشركة والمضاربة) 5 2
ARBFIV Arabic Level Five 10 4
USLHUJ The Authority of Evidence in Shi’i Legal theory (أصول الفقه: مباحث الحجة) 5 4
USLAQL Rational Discussions in Shi’i Legal theory  (أصول الفقه: الملازمة العقلية) 5 4
FIQHUT Criminal Law & Punishment and their Juristic Evidence (فقه: الحدود، القصاص والطذرات) 5 2
FIQASI Consumables & Inheritance & their Juristic Evidence (فقه: الأطعمة، الأشربة والإرث) 5 2
THEPIM Theology: Prophethood & Imamology (كلام: النبوة والإمامة) 15 2
Total: 70 Total: 24
YEAR THREE – SEMESTER TWO (MARCH TO JULY)
Module Code Module Name Credits Units
ARBSIX Arabic Level Six 10 4
IRFQY2 Theoretical Mysticism: The Five Divine Presences and the Perfect Human (عرفان: العوالم الخمسة والإنسان الكامل) 20 4
PHIBD2 Sadrian Philosophy: Quiddity and its Properties (فلسفة: الماهية وأحكامه) 20 4
USLHUJ The Authority of Evidence in Shi’i Legal theory (أصول الفقه: مباحث الحجة) 5 4
USLAQL Rational Discussions in Shi’i Legal theory (أصول الفقه: الملازمة العقلية) 5 4
THEMAD Theology: Eschatology (كلام: المعاد) 15 2
FIQIJT Legal Derivation & Emulation and their Juristic Evidence (فقه: الاجتهاد والتقليد) 5 2
FIQMAK Fiqh: Readings of Makasib al-Ansari (فقه: مكاسب الشيخ الأنصاري) 5 2
Total: 85 Total: 26
YEAR FOUR – SEMESTER ONE (SEPTEMBER TO FEBRUARY)
Module Code Module Name Credits Units
PHIBD3         Sadrian Philosophy: The Neccessary Existence and its Properties (فلسفة: واجب الوجود وأحكامه) 20 4
USLAML Procedural principles in Shi’i legal theory (الأصول العملية) 10 2
METHOD Methodological Issues in the study of Islam 10 2
Total: 40 Total: 8
YEAR FOUR – SEMESTER TWO (MARCH TO JULY)
Module Code Module Name Credits Units
DISS Dissertation 30 N/A
Total: 30 N/A

Other optional modules offered include;

Module Code Module Name Credits Units
ILMTAF Ilm al-Tafsir 10 2
QAWONE Qawaid al Fiqhiyya (i) 10 2
QAWTWO Qawaid al Fiqhiyya (ii) 10 2
ARBBL1 Balagha 10 2
ARBBL2 Balagha (ii) 10 2
PHILFQ Philosophy of Fiqh 10 2
ISLPLU Islam & Religious Pluralism 10 2
ISLINT Islam & International Law 10 2

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  [email protected]

Hawza on Demand


What is Hawza on Demand?

Hawza On Demand (HoD) is an online platform that gives you a glimpse of the four-year Hawza Programme taught at Al-Mahdi Institute (AMI). Taught by highly trained scholars, our courses combine the richness of Islamic tradition with the rigour of modern academia. Get access to core Islamic sciences including Arabic, Jurisprudence, Legal Theory, Theology, Philosophy and much more at anytime and anywhere!

 

How does it work?

Hawza on Demand (HoD) allows you to get a taster of AMI’s Hawza Programme by giving you free access to selected pre-recorded classes of each module taught within the programme. These classes are available for anyone to access at anytime and anywhere around the world.

After you have completed the pre-recorded classes, should you wish to continue studying, you can click on the ‘Apply Now’ button at the bottom of the HoD website and complete a short application form in order to gain full access to your chosen modules. This includes access to our online learning platform, Canvas, where you can access all your learning material, class recordings, assessments and much more. As you will have access to the latest classes, please note that teachers may vary from those teaching the pre-recorded classes available on HoD. Once you have applied, you will be able to have direct access to your teachers either on-campus or via our live virtual learning system.

 

What are my study options?

Once you’ve decided which modules you would like to enrol on, you will need to complete the online Hawza Enrolment Form available at the bottom of the HoD website and choose whether you would like to study on-campus or via the On-demand route. If you would like to study on-campus, you can either opt to study the Hawza Programme on a full-time basis over four years, or study at your own pace by enrolling on a few modules at a time. Please refer to the Course Structure of the Hawza Programme to see the full list of modules available and when they will be running on-campus each year.

If you wish to study via the On-demand route, you can access class recordings and all other learning material at anytime and anywhere around the world, via the online learning platform Canvas. You can opt to study the Hawza Programme on a full-time basis over four years, or study at your own pace by enrolling on a few modules at a time.

 

What are the entry requirements?

The Hawza Programme is taught entirely in English with reference to English and Arabic texts. Therefore, to enrol on the Hawza Programme, it is essential that you are able to read basic Arabic and are fluent in the English language (speaking, reading, writing and understanding).

Students who wish to study residentially on campus and apply for a scholarship may be invited to attend an interview to determine their suitability for scholarships.

 

Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?

Students who wish to study residentially on campus as a full-time student are eligible to apply for a scholarship to support their studies for the full duration of the four-year Hawza Programme. Scholarships include on-campus accommodation and/or monthly stipends of £200 plus your Post-graduate MA fees in the final year (subject to meeting the requirements).

To apply for a scholarship, applicants must supply certificates/transcripts of their highest qualification, their current CV, a copy of their passport and two academic references (not written by family members) at the time of their application. AMI awards up to three new full scholarships each year, which are awarded annually before the start of the academic year in September.

Students who wish to study On-demand, or at their own pace, may apply for tuition fee waivers instead to support their studies. Find out more here.

 

How much are the fees and is there any funding available?

Fees for full-time studies (On-campus and On-demand) are currently £5,000 per year. Students who cannot afford to pay the full fees may choose from a selection of fee waivers available which include: 25%, 50%, 75% or 90%. Payment plans are also available upon request to help you spread the cost of your fees.

Fees for part-time studies (On-campus and On-demand) are currently £360 per module, with a range of fee waivers also available for students who cannot pay their full fees. The fee waivers available include 25%, 50%, 75% and 90% plus an additional £50 registration fee applicable at the time of enrolment. Payment plans for fees over £150 are also available upon request to help you spread the cost of your fees. Find out more here.

 

How will I be assessed?

There are a range of assessment methods such as written exams, assignments, oral exams and class presentations that you may be assessed with. You can find details of your assessments on your online learning platform, Canvas.

There are three assessment periods during the academic year in which a student can sit their exams and submit their assignments, which are:

February (end of Semester One)

July (end of Semester Two)

August (resits week)

Upon successful completion of your chosen modules, you may also receive a transcript of your marks (upon request).

 

What qualifications will I gain upon completion?

Upon successful completion of the first three years of the Hawza Programme, you will be awarded a BA degree in Islamic Theological Studies by Mofid University, Iran. In addition to this, students who achieve 450 out of 510 credits by completing majority of the beginner and advanced level modules by the end of the third year, are eligible to continue on to the MA programme in the fourth and final year of the Hawza Programme. This means that students can also obtain a Post-graduate MA in Islamic Studies awarded by the University of Birmingham upon completion of the final year of the Hawza Programme. Find out more here.

 

What career options do I have upon completion?

Previous graduates and students of the Hawza Programme have delved into many career options such as; teaching, academic research, public speaking, governmental advisories, Islamic Finance consulting, Islamic Bio-ethics and Islamic Law based organisations, media influencers, youth and community leadership and development, chaplaincy, anthropology and many more. These are just some of the career opportunities available to you upon completion of the Hawza Programme.

Fees


Full-time Study:

Fees for full-time studies (On-campus and On-demand) are currently £5,000 per year. Students who cannot afford to pay the full fees may choose from a selection of fee waivers available which include: 25%, 50%, 75% or 90% as explained in the table below.  Payment plans are also available upon request to help you spread the cost of your fees.

Fees per year: With 25% waiver With 50% waiver With 75% waiver With 90% waiver
£5000 £3750 £2500 £1250 £500

 

Part-time Study:

Fees for part-time studies (On-campus and On-demand) are currently £360 per module, with a range of fee waivers also available for students who cannot pay their full fees. The fee waivers available include 25%, 50%, 75% and 90% plus an additional £50 registration fee applicable at the time of enrolment. Payment plans for fees over £150 are also available upon request to help you spread the cost of your fees. The table below shows the fees payable if any of the waivers are applied, but does not include the £50 registration fee.

Per Module Fee: With 25% waiver With 50% waiver With 75% waiver With 90% waiver
£360 £270 £180 £90 £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: £9,250 full-time OR £4,625 part-time

International: £19,170 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. Students who wish to obtain a Post-graduate qualification in Islamic Studies via the distance learning route can instead continue on the MA in Islamic Theological Studies programme by Mofid University, in the final year of the Hawza Programme.

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