Although not a central part of the traditional Shi’i Hawza curriculum, the hawza programme at AMI places great emphasis on the study of history.  The central themes and periods covered include; Pre-Islamic Arabia, The Life of the Prophet, Post-Prophetic Period and The History and Development of Shi’ism and its schisms. Beyond the subject specific knowledge that this study brings, students are equipped with the bibliographical and analytical tools needed to critically engage with a breadth of primary source material in Arabic, as well as with the secondary surveys written in the English language.