Ms Nazmina Dhanji

Head of Arabic Studies

Nazmina Dhanji completed her degree in Arabic at SOAS University of London, including modules in translation, Qur’an and Hadith studies, Islamic texts, Post-Ottoman History of the Middle East, and Persian. After spending a year in Damascus University consolidating her knowledge of the Arabic language and rhetoric (balāgha), she went on to pursue further Islamic studies at Jaami’at al-Zahra in Qum. She has translated and edited numerous works for publication, and subtitled documentaries and films from Arabic into English. Being a passionate polyglot and keen to share her enthusiasm for teaching and learning languages, she has taught classes and developed curricula in Arabic, French and English as a Foreign Language. Her current areas of interest are Arabic language and grammar, Islamic ethics and spirituality, Qur’anic sciences, tafsir, Hadith Studies and interfaith relations.

Nazmina currently lectures in Arabic language and grammar, Qur’anic Sciences and Hadith Studies at al-Mahdi Institute.

Publications (Translations):

Introduction to Hadith – Abd al-Hadi al-Fadli, ICAS Press, 2002

Dirayat al-Hadith – Shahid al-Thani, ICAS Press, 2002 Combat with the Self – al-Hurr al-Amili, ICAS Press, 2003 The Scale of Wisdom: A Compendium of Shi’a Hadith, Muhammad Rayshahri, ICAS Press, 2009 (co-translated) Spiritual Mysteries and Ethical Secrets, Mulla Muhsin Fayd al-Kashani, ICAS Press, 2012 (co-translated)

Tafsir al-Ayyashi – Muhammad b. Mas’ud al-Ayyashi, AMI Publications, 2019 (pending publication)

Currently translating:

Tabsirat al-Muta’allimin by Allama Hilli for AMI Publications.

Subtitled Films/Documentaries: Ibraheem, the Friend of God: http://islamicmoviesdatabase.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/watch-download-ibrahim-khalil-allah.html Al-Nebras (The Lantern): http://www.al-masumeen.com/films/the-lantern Uwais al-Qarani: http://www.al-masumeen.com/films/uwais-al-qarni?view=item&id=122

Four-part documentary on the life of Shahid Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr, al-Manar TV, in association with al-masumeen.com – awaiting broadcast


* BA (Hons) Arabic, SOAS University of London 2001 (1:1)

* Dip Advanced Arabic Language, Grammar and Poetry, Damascus University, 2000

* Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists

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