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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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7TH SEPT 2020 – 5TH FEB 2020


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Research Seminar poster – 20th May
Gender and Legal Personhood in Hanafi law | Dr Saadia Yacoob (Williams College) | AMI Research Seminar
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Abstract: This talk considers how legal personhood was constructed in Hanafi law through a focus on consent to marriage.  From the marriage of free individuals to enslaved people and children, Hanafi jurists considered a number of social factors in determining whether …
Research Seminar poster – 22nd April
Reading ‘race’ in the Islamicate Past | Dr Haroon Bashir (Markfield Institute) | AMI Research Seminar
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Abstract: To what extent were Islamicate societies structured around ‘racial hierarchies’? Is it fair to categorize Islam as a religion of ‘Arab supremacy’? In this paper, I explore the usefulness of deploying the concept of ‘race’ (and ‘racism’) outside the …
CALL FOR PAPERS | Free Speech, Scholarly Critique, and the Limits of Expression in Islam | 9th Annual AMI Contemporary Fiqhī Issues Workshop
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CALL FOR PAPERS “Free Speech, Scholarly Critique, and the Limits of Expression in Islam” The 9th Annual AMI Contemporary Fiqhī Issues Workshop 1st  – 2nd  July 2021 Considering the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Al-Mahdi Institute (AMI) will host the Workshop …

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.