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The Hawza Programme at Al-Mahdi Institute continues the Shia heritage of teaching core Islamic sciences including Jurisprudence, Legal Theory, Arabic, Theology, Philosophy and Logic. The unique feature of our Hawza Programme is that it bridges the gap between traditional Hawza Seminaries and modern academia [Mahdiya A1]. This equips students with the critical skills and knowledge required to read and analyse classical Arabic texts, allowing them to engage in an in-depth study of religion. Taught entirely in English by a range of scholars who have received the highest level of training in both traditional and western academic settings, the Hawza Programme ensures that students get the best of both worlds. Students applying for the Residential Hawza Programme are eligible to apply for a scholarship including full tuition fees, accommodation and monthly stipends.

Arabic
History
Islamic Law
Legal Theory
Ḥadīth & Rijāl Studies
Mysticism
Qur’anic Studies
Theology
Philosophy
Logic
Other Modules

The Hawza Programme consists of two 17-week semesters each year from September to February and March to July with classes typically taught on Mondays to Thursdays at 9:00am – 4:30pm. At the end of each semester, students are assessed by a range of assessment methods including assignments, written exams, oral exams and class presentations.

The Course structure below outlines the modules taught in each semester over the course of four years. Full-time students would be required to undertake all modules, whereas, part-time students may enrol on a maximum of five modules per semester.

Upon successful completion of the first three years, students will be awarded a BA degree in Islamic Theological Studies by Mofid University. Thereafter, students have the opportunity to either obtain a Post-graduate Masters degree in Islamic Studies awarded by University of Birmingham (home students only) or a Post-graduate Masters degree in Islamic Theological Studies awarded by Mofid University.

Modules marked with an asterisk (*) below are entry-level modules which are available for anyone to enrol on. All students entering the Hawza Programme must be able read basic Arabic. Students who wish to enrol on non entry-level modules, must fulfill the Module Prerequisites.

For any further queries, please email admissions@almahdi.edu

VIEW TIMETABLE FOR SEMESTER TWO 2019-20 HERE. 

YEAR ONE – SEMESTER ONE (SEPTEMBER TO FEBRUARY)
Module Code Module Name Credits Units
USLINT* Introduction to Shi’i Legal Theory (أصول الفقه: مبادئ الأصول) 10 2
THEPHI* Islamic Theology & Philosophy 25 4
ULMQUR*  Qur’anic Sciences (علوم القرآن) 30 2
HISONE* Pre-Islamic History and History of Prophet Mohammad 20 2
ARBONE* Arabic Level One 10 10
Total: 100 Total: 22
YEAR ONE – SEMESTER TWO (MARCH TO JULY)
Module Code Module Name Credits Units
ULMHAD* Hadith & Rijal Studies (علوم الحديثو رجال) 30 3
FIQTAH Ritual Purity and its Juristic Evidence (فقه: الطهارة) 5 2
USLHAL Introduction to Baqir al Sadr’s Legal theory (علم الأصول: حلقة الإولى) 10 3
LOGTAW Logic: Conceptual Discussions (منطق: التصورات) 20 2
HISTWO* Post-Prophet and Ummayad History 20 2
ARBTWO Arabic Level Two 10 8
IRFINT* Introduction to Muslim Mysticism 10 2
Total: 105 Total: 22
YEAR TWO – SEMESTER ONE (SEPTEMBER TO FEBRUARY)
Module Code Module Name Credits Units
LOGTAD Logic: Syllogisms (منطق: التصديقات) 20 2
HISTHR Post-Umayyad & Otomon History 20 2
FIQSAL Prayer and its Juristic Evidence (فقه: الصلاة) 5 2
FIQSZK Fasting, Prescribed Alms & Taxes and their Juristic Evidence (الصوم، الزكاة والخمس) 5 2
ARBTHR Arabic Level Three 10 8
USLALF Linguistic discussions in Shi’i Legal theory (أصول الفقه: مباحث الألفاظ) 5 4
PHICON Issues in Contemporary Philosophy 10 2
Total: 75 Total: 22
YEAR TWO – SEMESTER TWO (MARCH TO JULY)
Module Code Module Name Credits Units
ARBFOR Arabic Level Four 10 8
FIQHJA Pilgrimage, Religious Warfare & Enjoining Good and their Juristic Evidence (فقه: الحج، الجهاد والأمر بالمعروف) 5 2
FIQBIJ Financial Transactions & Leasing and their Juristic Evidence (فقه: البيع والإجارة) 5 2
LOGFIV Logic: Five Arts (منطق: الصناعات الخمسة) 20 2
USLALF Linguistic discussions in Shi’i Legal theory  (أصول الفقه: مباحث الألفاظ) 5 4
IRFISH Philosophy of Mysticism 10 2
FIQNKT Marriage & Divorce and their Juristic Evidence (فقه: النكاح والطلاق) 5 2
THEEXI Theology: Existence & Attributes of God (كلام: إثبات واجب الوجود والصانع) 15 2
Total: 75 Total: 24
YEAR THREE – SEMESTER ONE (SEPTEMBER TO FEBRUARY)
Module Code Module Name Credits Units
PHIBID Sadrian Philosophy: Existence and its Properties  (فلسفة: الوجود وأحكامه) 10 2
IRFQAY  Theoretical Mysticism: The Unity of Existence and the Sufi Path of Knowledge (عرفان: الوجود ومراتب الكشف) 10 2
FIQSMB Equity Partnerships and Trustee Financed Partnerships ( فقه: الشركة والمضاربة) 5 2
ARBFIV Arabic Level Five 10 4
USLHUJ The Authority of Evidence in Shi’i Legal theory (أصول الفقه: مباحث الحجة) 5 4
USLAQL Rational Discussions in Shi’i Legal theory  (أصول الفقه: الملازمة العقلية) 5 4
FIQHUT Criminal Law & Punishment and their Juristic Evidence (فقه: الحدود، القصاص والطذرات) 5 2
FIQASI Consumables & Inheritance & their Juristic Evidence (فقه: الأطعمة، الأشربة والإرث) 5 2
THEPIM Theology: Prophethood & Imamology (كلام: النبوة والإمامة) 15 2
Total: 70 Total: 24
YEAR THREE – SEMESTER TWO (MARCH TO JULY)
Module Code Module Name Credits Units
ARBSIX Arabic Level Six 10 4
IRFQY2 Theoretical Mysticism: The Five Divine Presences and the Perfect Human (عرفان: العوالم الخمسة والإنسان الكامل) 20 4
PHIBD2 Sadrian Philosophy: Quiddity and its Properties (فلسفة: الماهية وأحكامه) 20 4
USLHUJ The Authority of Evidence in Shi’i Legal theory (أصول الفقه: مباحث الحجة) 5 4
USLAQL Rational Discussions in Shi’i Legal theory (أصول الفقه: الملازمة العقلية) 5 4
THEMAD Theology: Eschatology (كلام: المعاد) 15 2
FIQIJT Legal Derivation & Emulation and their Juristic Evidence (فقه: الاجتهاد والتقليد) 5 2
FIQMAK Fiqh: Readings of Makasib al-Ansari (فقه: مكاسب الشيخ الأنصاري) 5 2
Total: 85 Total: 26
YEAR FOUR – SEMESTER ONE (SEPTEMBER TO FEBRUARY)
Module Code Module Name Credits Units
PHIBD3         Sadrian Philosophy: The Neccessary Existence and its Properties (فلسفة: واجب الوجود وأحكامه) 20 4
USLAML Procedural principles in Shi’i legal theory (الأصول العملية) 10 2
METHOD Methodological Issues in the study of Islam 10 2
Total: 40 Total: 8
YEAR FOUR – SEMESTER TWO (MARCH TO JULY)
Module Code Module Name Credits Units
DISS Dissertation 30 N/A
Total: 30 N/A

Please note:To graduate from the Hawza Programme, students must achieve a total of 520 credits out of a total of 580 credits over the four years.

For more information on Fees and Finance for the Hawza programme, please click here

For more information on the Hawza Programme and different modes of studying available, please email  admissions@almahdi.edu

QUALIFICATIONS ON COMPLETION

The four-year Hawza Programme offered at AMI allows students to obtain both BA and MA degree qualifications by the end of the final year of the programme. These unique qualifications allow students to not only engage with classical Shi’i texts but also get to grips with material that is at the forefront of academic research in Islamic Studies mainly with a historical, sociological, contextual, legal, or philosophical emphasis. This allows students to develop the knowledge and skills needed for independent research, creating an ideal foundation for further study.

BA Islamic Theological Studies
(Mofid University)

MA ISLAMIC STUDIES
(University OF BIRMINGHAM)

BA Islamic Theological Studies
(Mofid University)

BA Course Structure:

By the end of year three of the Hawza Programme, students who successfully achieve 540 credits including the BA modules below are awarded a BA in Islamic Theological Studies by Mofid University in Iran.

Optional BA Modules by Mofid University Units per Module Year & Semester Credits per Module
Research methods in Islamic Sciences 2 units in total (Seminar) All years 10
Nahj al-Balaghah 2 units for 17 weeks 1.1 10
Interpretation of Supplications  2 units for 17 weeks 2.1 10
Islam, Economy and Politics 2 units for 17 weeks 2.1 10
Islam and Human Rights 2 units for 8 weeks 2.2 10
Islamic Ethics, Islamic Education & Islamic Way of Life 2 units for 8 weeks 2.2 10
Legal Maxims (قواعد الفقهية) 2 units for 17 weeks 3.1 10
The etiquette of debate & propagation 2 units in total (Seminar) All years 10
Comparative study of religions 2 units for 8 weeks 4.2 10
History and culture of Iran  2 full day Fridays (12 units) All years 10
Total: 100

Course Duration & Assessment methods:

The BA Programme is taught over three years with two 17 week semesters in each year. Assessments for the modules within the Hawza Programme and the below BA modules vary between assignments, written exams, oral exams and class engagement/presentations.


Can I study part-time?

Yes! Students unable to commit to full-time studies can instead study at their own pace by enrolling on up to five modules per semester until the Hawza Programme is completed. Students can also study the full Hawza Programme on-campus or online and obtain a BA in Islamic Theological Studies on completion.

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MA ISLAMIC STUDIES
(University OF BIRMINGHAM)

MA ISLAMIC STUDIES FROM UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Al-Mahdi Institute has partnered with the University of Birmingham (UoB) to offer a master’s degree in Islamic Studies as part of the Hawza Programme. Students who successfully complete the first three years of the Hawza Programme by achieving 450 credits have the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate degree, awarded by UoB, in the final year of the Hawza Programme.

The course offers a range of modules covering both historical and contemporary areas of Islamic Studies giving students the flexibility to pursue their own areas of interest. Taught primarily in small group-seminars, across both UoB and AMI campuses, students can get to grips with material that is at the forefront of academic research in Islamic Studies mainly with a historical, sociological, contextual, legal, or philosophical emphasis. This allows students to develop the knowledge and skills needed for independent research, creating an ideal foundation for further study.

MA Course Structure:

As part of the MA in Islamic Studies, students will be required to undertake three core modules (taught by UoB) in:

Approaches to Studying Islam (traditional)

Approaches to Studying Islam (modern)

Research Methods


Students will also be required to undertake three optional modules from a range which typically includes:

Medieval Arabic Thought (taught by AMI)

Thematic Study of Shi’ism: History, Doctrines and Religious Authority (taught by AMI)

Governance and Public law in Islamic Thought (taught by AMI)

Feminism in the Muslim World (taught by UoB)

Islam in Europe (taught by UoB)

Islamic Philosophy (taught by UoB)

Muslim Thinkers of the Western World (taught by UoB)

Political Islam (taught by UoB)

Please note: The MA programme is currently only available to study on-campus at AMI and the UoB’s Edgbaston campus. To view the full structure of the MA programme, click here.


Course Duration & Assessment Methods:

The MA in Islamic Studies programme (taught at UoB and AMI) consists of two 11-week semesters. Students must complete a total of six modules with each module being assessed by a 4000-word assignment due at the end of the semester. Students will also need to submit a 15,000-word supervised dissertation at the end of the year.


Can I study Part-time?

Yes, the MA in Islamic Studies programme can be studied part-time over two years.

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STUDY OPTIONS AVAILABLE

RESIDENTIAL HAWZA PROGRAMME

Study on-campus to get the full Hawza experience.

HAWZA ON DEMAND

Study on-demand to access all of our courses anytime, anywhere.

TUITION FEES & SCHOLARSHIPS

The four-year Hawza Programme offered at AMI allows students to obtain both BA and MA degree qualifications by the end of the final year of the programme. These unique qualifications allow students to not only engage with classical Shi’i texts but also get to grips with material that is at the forefront of academic research in Islamic Studies mainly with a historical, sociological, contextual, legal, or philosophical emphasis. This allows students to develop the knowledge and skills needed for independent research, creating an ideal foundation for further study.

TUITION FEES & WAIVERS

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

TUITION FEES & WAIVERS

Full-time Study:

Tuition fees for Full-time study on the Hawza Programme are currently £5000 per year. Students who cannot afford to pay full fees are eligible to apply for a 100% tuition fee waiver. This means, students would only be required to pay a £150 Registration fee per semester, totalling to £300 per year.

Fees per year:

Subsidised Fee (25% waiver)

Subsidised Fee (50% waiver)

Subsidised Fee (75% waiver)

Subsidised Fee (90% waiver)

£5000

£3750

£2500

£1250

£500


Part-time Study:

Tuition fees for Part-time study on the Hawza Programme are comprised of a module fee of £360 per semester plus a £50 registration fee per semester. Students who cannot afford to pay full fees may be eligible for 50% or 90% waivers on their module fees. Students can apply for module fee waivers at the Enrollment stage. Please see the below table for more

Per Module Fee

Subsidised Fee (25% waiver)

Subsidised Fee (50% waiver)

Subsidised Fee (75% waiver)

Subsidised Fee (90% waiver)

£360

£270

£180

£180

£90


MA In Islamic Studies Programme (fourth year of the Hawza Programme):

Tuition fees for the MA Islamic Studies programme at the University of Birmingham for 2018/19 are as follows;

UK / EU: £9,250 full-time OR £4,625 part-time

International: £19,170 full-time

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SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

AMI Full-time Scholarship:

Students who wish to study residentially on campus as a full-time student, are eligible to apply for a scholarship to support their studies for the full duration of the four-year Hawza Programme. Scholarships include on-campus accommodation and/or monthly stipends of £200 plus your Post-graduate MA fees in the final year (subject to achieving 450 credits by the end of Year 3).

To apply for a scholarship, applicants must supply certificates/transcripts of their highest qualification, their current CV, a copy of their passport and two academic references (not written by family members) at the time of their application. AMI awards up to three new full scholarships each year, which are awarded annually before the start of the academic year in September.


AMI Post-Graduate Scholarship:

UK/EU students who have completed equivalent hawza studies at other Islamic seminaries, are eligible to apply for a Post-graduate scholarship to fully fund their MA in Islamic Studies programme at University of Birmingham. The scholarship may also include on-campus accommodation and/or monthly stipends of £200.

Please note the MA in Islamic Studies programme at UoB is only available for study on-campus at AMI and UoB. It is not currently available to study via distance learning.

Students who are not awarded the Post-graduate scholarship can apply to the University of Birmingham directly for post-graduate loans and funding.

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FACULTY MEMBERS

Meet our international faculty team comprised of scholars who have received the highest level of training in both traditional and western academic settings.

 

Shaykh Arif Abdul Hussain

Senior Lecturer and Director of AMI

Ayatollah Dr Rahim Nobahar

Lecturer in Islamic Law

Professor Seyed Mohammad Ghari S Fatemi

Reader in Islam, Legal Hermeneutics & Human

Dr Ali Fanaei

Senior lecturer in Quranic & Legal Hermeneutics

Dr Sayyid Jaafar Fadlallah

Lecturer in Islamic Jurisprudence

Dr Hashim Bata

Research Fellow

Dr Ali Reza Bhojani

Research Fellow

Ms Nazmina Dhanji

Head of Arabic Studies

Dr Wahid Amin

Lecturer in Muslim Philosophical and Theological Thought

Shaykh Muhammed Reza Tajri

Lecturer in Arabic

Shyakh Kumail Rajani

Lecturer in Islamic History & Qur'anic Studies

Shaykh Riaz Walji

Lecturer in Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism

ADMISSIONS