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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.

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ARB book moral rationalism
Dr Bhojani’s book “Moral Rationalism and Shari’a” now available in paperback
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Dr Ali-Reza Bhojani’s book “Moral Rationalism and Sharia”, originally published in 2015, has been recently republished in paperback, and is now a more affordable edition making it available to a wider audience. The work is relevant for anyone interested in …
Inter-Religious Symposia: “The nature of revelation in Islam, Judaism and Christianity” 
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Following a break from the Inter-Religious Symposia meetings due to Covid-19, IRS reconvened virtually on Thursday 10th September, welcoming both current members and new ones.  The meeting continued with the theme of revelation, focusing on the nature of revelation and the variety of interpretations within the Abrahamic traditions. Beginning in …
CIMS | The Door of Fatima: The controversy over the violation of the House of Sayyeda Fatima by companions, after the death of the Prophet Muhammad
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The event’s that ensued after the death of the Prophet of Islam are arguably as important as the events during his life. However, the details of these events can be controversial and are often deeply contested. A case in point …
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AMI Contemporary Fiqhi Issues Workshop 2020
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The 8th Annual Contemporary Fiqhī Issues Workshop, hosted online by the Al-Mahdi Institute, seeks to provide a forum for considering the regulations of im/purity (ṭahāra and najāsā) in Islam, in light of their wide-reaching practical, socio-ethical and theological implications. The practical importance …

What People Say


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.