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The Hawza Programme taught at Al-Mahdi Institute continues the Shia heritage of teaching core Islamic sciences including Jurisprudence, Legal Theory, Arabic, Theology, Philosophy, Logic and more. Students enrolling on the Hawza Programme can opt to undertake the 4-year full-time study route, or alternatively study on a part-time basis by 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. On completion of the first three years of the programme, students are awarded a BA in Islamic Theological Studies by Mofid University with an additional MA in Islamic Studies awarded by the University of Birmingham in the fourth and final year of the programme. View the subjects taught as part of the Hawza Programme below.

Arabic
History
Islamic Law
Legal Theory
Ḥadīth & Rijāl Studies
Mysticism
Qur’anic Studies
Theology
Philosophy
Logic
Other Modules

Students enrolling on the Hawza Programme on a full or part-time basis can opt to study in-house at the Institute, virtually online by joining classes live or offline by accessing class lectures at anytime and place. 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 between 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.

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 MA in Islamic Studies awarded by University of Birmingham (home students only) or a MA in Islamic Theological Studies awarded by Mofid University.  

With a thorough grounding in both traditional Islamic sciences and academia, students will be able to pursue careers in academia, teaching, public speaking, leadership, chaplaincy, consulting media and governmental and non-governmental organisations and more. 

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. 

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]

VIEW TIMETABLE FOR SEMESTER ONE 2020-21 HERE. 

YEAR ONE – SEMESTER ONE (SEPTEMBER TO FEBRUARY)
Module CodeModule NameCreditsUnits
USLINT*Introduction to Shi’i Legal Theory (أصول الفقه: مبادئ الأصول)102
THEPHI*Islamic Theology & Philosophy254
ULMQUR* Qur’anic Sciences (علوم القرآن)302
HISONE*Pre-Islamic History and History of Prophet Mohammad202
ARBONE*Arabic Level One1010
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

Please note:

450 credits are required by the end of year 3 to progress on to the MA in Islamic Studies programme awarded by the University of Birmingham in the fourth year of the Hawza Programme.

540 credits are required by the end of year 4 to graduate from Hawza Programme with a BA in Islamic Theological Studies awarded by Mofid University.

520 credits are required by the end of year 4 to graduate from the Hawza Programme without a BA degree.

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

For more information on the Hawza Programme and the different modes of studying available, please email  [email protected]

QUALIFICATIONS ON COMPLETION

The four-year Hawza Programme offered at AMI allows students to obtain both BA and MA degree qualifications by the end of the final year of the programme. These unique qualifications allow students to not only engage with classical Shi’i texts but also get to grips with material that is at the forefront of academic research in Islamic Studies mainly with a historical, sociological, contextual, legal, or philosophical emphasis. This allows students to develop the knowledge and skills needed for independent research, creating an ideal foundation for further study.

BA Islamic Theological Studies
(Mofid University)

MA ISLAMIC STUDIES
(University OF BIRMINGHAM)

BA Islamic Theological Studies
(Mofid University)

BA Course Structure:

By the end of year three of the Hawza Programme, students who successfully achieve 540 credits including the BA modules below are awarded a BA in Islamic Theological Studies by Mofid University in Iran.

Optional BA Modules by Mofid UniversityUnits per ModuleYear & SemesterCredits per Module
Research methods in Islamic Sciences2 units in total (Seminar)All years10
Nahj al-Balaghah2 units for 17 weeks1.110
Interpretation of Supplications  2 units for 17 weeks2.110
Islam, Economy and Politics2 units for 17 weeks2.110
Islam and Human Rights2 units for 8 weeks2.210
Islamic Ethics, Islamic Education & Islamic Way of Life2 units for 8 weeks2.210
Legal Maxims (قواعد الفقهية)2 units for 17 weeks3.110
The etiquette of debate & propagation2 units in total (Seminar)All years10
Comparative study of religions2 units for 8 weeks4.210
History and culture of Iran  2 full day Fridays (12 units)All years10
Total: 100

Course Duration & Assessment methods:

The BA Programme is taught over three years with two 17 week semesters in each year. Assessments for the modules within the Hawza Programme and the below BA modules vary between assignments, written exams, oral exams and class engagement/presentations.


Can I study part-time?

Yes! Students unable to commit to full-time studies can instead study at their own pace by enrolling on up to five modules per semester until the Hawza Programme is completed. Students can also study the full Hawza Programme on-campus or online and obtain a BA in Islamic Theological Studies on completion.

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MA ISLAMIC STUDIES
(University OF BIRMINGHAM)

MA 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 as part of the Hawza Programme. Students who successfully complete the first three years of the Hawza Programme by achieving 450 credits have the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate degree, awarded by UoB, in the final year of the Hawza Programme.

The course offers a range of modules covering both historical and contemporary areas of Islamic Studies giving students the flexibility to pursue their own areas of interest. Taught primarily in small group-seminars, across both UoB and AMI campuses, students can get to grips with material that is at the forefront of academic research in Islamic Studies mainly with a historical, sociological, contextual, legal, or philosophical emphasis. This allows students to develop the knowledge and skills needed for independent research, creating an ideal foundation for further study.

MA Course Structure:

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

Thematic Study of Shi’ism: History, Doctrines and Religious Authority (taught by AMI)

Governance and Public law in Islamic Thought (taught by AMI)

Feminism in the Muslim World (taught by UoB)

Islam in Europe (taught by UoB)

Islamic Philosophy (taught by UoB)

Muslim Thinkers of the Western World (taught by UoB)

Political Islam (taught by UoB)

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


Course Duration & Assessment Methods:

The MA in Islamic Studies programme (taught at UoB and AMI) consists of two 11-week semesters. Students must complete a total of six modules 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.


Can I study Part-time?

Yes, the MA in Islamic Studies programme can be studied part-time over two years.

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STUDY OPTIONS AVAILABLE

RESIDENTIAL HAWZA PROGRAMME

Study on-campus to get the full Hawza experience.

HAWZA ON DEMAND

Study on-demand to access all of our courses anytime, anywhere.

TUITION FEES & SCHOLARSHIPS

AMI offers a range of tuition fee waivers and scholarships to support students during their studies on the Hawza Programme. Full-time students from the UK/EU who wish to study residentially can apply for a full scholarship to support their studies.  Whilst, all other students can benefit from a range of tuition fee waivers available to all. Click below to see the funding support available.

TUITION FEES & WAIVERS

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

TUITION FEES & WAIVERS

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%Payment plans are also available upon request to help you spread the cost of your fees. 

Fees per year:

Subsidised Fee (25% waiver)

Subsidised Fee (50% waiver)

Subsidised Fee (75% waiver)

Subsidised Fee (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. 

Per Module Fee

Subsidised Fee (25% waiver)

Subsidised Fee (50% waiver)

Subsidised Fee (75% waiver)

Subsidised Fee (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

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SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

AMI Full-time Scholarship:

UK/EU 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, a 90% waiver of your tuition fees for the full duration of the programme plus your Post-graduate MA fees in the final year (subject to achieving 450 credits by the end of Year 3).

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.


AMI Post-Graduate Scholarship:

UK/EU students who have completed equivalent hawza studies at other Islamic seminaries, are eligible to apply for a Post-graduate scholarship to fully fund their MA in Islamic Studies programme at University of Birmingham. The scholarship may also include on-campus accommodation and/or monthly stipends of £200.

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 are not awarded the Post-graduate scholarship can apply to the University of Birmingham directly for post-graduate loans and funding.

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FACULTY MEMBERS

Meet our international faculty team comprised of scholars who have received the highest level of training in both traditional and western academic settings.

 

Shaykh Arif Abdul Hussain

Senior Lecturer and Director of AMI

Ayatollah Dr Rahim Nobahar

Lecturer in Islamic Law

Professor Seyed Mohammad Ghari S Fatemi

Reader in Islam, Legal Hermeneutics & Human

Dr Ali Fanaei

Senior lecturer in Quranic & Legal Hermeneutics

Dr Sayyid Jaafar Fadlallah

Lecturer in Islamic Jurisprudence

Dr Hashim Bata

Research Fellow

Dr Ali Reza Bhojani

Research Fellow

Ms Nazmina Dhanji

Head of Arabic Studies

Dr Wahid Amin

Lecturer in Muslim Philosophical and Theological Thought

Shaykh Muhammed Reza Tajri

Lecturer in Arabic

Shaykh Kumail Rajani

Lecturer in Islamic History & Qur'anic Studies

Shaykh Riaz Walji

Lecturer in Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism

ADMISSIONS