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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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Free Speech, Scholarly Critique, and the Limits of Expression in Islam | 9th Annual Contemporary Fiqhī Issues Workshop
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The first two days of July 2021 saw Al-Mahdi Institute (AMI) host the 9th consecutive successful Contemporary Fiqhi Issues Workshop, entitled Free Speech, Scholarly Critique, and the Limits of Expression in Islam. Given the ongoing Covid circumstances, this was the second of the …
Sin and Human Nature in Islam, Judaism and Christianity | Inter-Religious Symposia
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The second IRS meeting of 2021 saw the discussion on ‘Sin & Human Nature in the Abrahamic traditions’ being discussed amongst Christian, Muslim and Jewish Scholars. Professor Esther Reed, Shaykh Ali Khakhi and Rabbi Jeff Berger delivered presentations on aspects …
Research Seminar poster – 20th May
Gender and Legal Personhood in Hanafi law | Dr Saadia Yacoob (Williams College) | AMI Research Seminar
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The final research seminar of the academic year saw Al-Mahdi Institute host Dr Saadia Yacoob, from Willams College, Massachusetts. With gender being a central theme of the discussion, Dr. Yacoob began by positioning her presentation in the milieu of gender …
Research Seminar poster – 22nd April
Reading ‘race’ in the Islamicate Past | Dr Haroon Bashir (Markfield Institute) | AMI Research Seminar
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During the second research of the academic term Dr Haroon Bashir explored race in Islamicate societies and the claim that it was structured around racial hierarchies using blackness as a case study. He posed the question as to why certain …

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.