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April
2020
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Sharia Regulations Regarding Burial Rites During the Covid-19 Pandemic
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Whilst Islam accords detailed and specific funeral and burial rites for the deceased, the current pandemic poses challenges to the adequate implementation of these rites. The Centre for Intra Muslim Studies (CIMS) convened virtually to discuss Sharia regulations regarding burial …
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April
2020
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Extended Call for Papers: “The Regulation of Purity (Ṭahāra) and Impurity (Najāsāt) in Islam: Practical, Socio-Ethical and Theological Implications”
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In light of the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the Al-Mahdi Institute (AMI) has decided to virtually host its 8th Annual Contemporary Fiqhī Issues Workshop. As such, AMI has elected to extend the deadline, for the submission of abstracts, to Monday …
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March
2020
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Virtual Research Seminar: ‘Sanctity of Life’
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Despite a nation-wide lock down and the implementation of social isolation in the wake of a global pandemic, Al Mahdi Institute is committed to the sharing and dissemination of research. Using state of the art technology, AMI hosted its first …
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March
2020
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Time for Change Milad Programme
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Time for Change held a Milad programme at Al-Mahdi Institute to celebrate the birth anniversaries of the holy personalities born in the months of Rajab and Shaban. Families enjoyed an afternoon of nasheeds by talented local recitors and an inspiring …
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February
2020
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Fadak and the subsequent relations between Lady Fatima and Caliph Abu Bakr
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Following the demise of the Prophet, the ownership of the land of Fadak was disputed between the daughter of Prophet, Lady Fatima Zahra, and Caliph Abu Bakr. The Centre for Intra-Muslim Studies convened to discuss the issue of Fadak and …
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February
2020
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University of Cambridge hold Intra-Faith Symposium at AMI
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The Centre of Islamic Studies (University of Cambridge) held an Intra-Faith Symposium at Al-Mahdi Institute as part of the Centre’s ‘Beyond Sectarianism’ research project. The year-long project, initiated by  Dr Emanuelle Degli Esposti and funded by the British Academy, aims …
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February
2020
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Dr Wahid Amin’s Paper on Qutb al-Din al-Razi Published in Nazariyat Journal
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Al-Mahdi Institute is pleased to announce the publication of Dr. Wahid M. Amin’s latest paper in the recent issue of the Nazariyat Journal. In this paper, Dr. Amin examines the philosophical contributions of the fourteenth-century logician Qutb al-Din al-Razi by focussing in …
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February
2020
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Shaykh Mahmood Dhalla Welcomes Vicar Hazel White During Service at St. Mary’s Church
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In the spirit of prophetic teachings, which encourage Muslims to keep good relations with their neighbours, Shaykh Mahmood Dhalla accepted the invitation to attend a service for the induction of the new vicar Hazel White, at St. Mary’s Church in …
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January
2020
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Call for Papers: “The Regulation of Purity (Ṭahāra) and Impurity (Najāsāt) in Islam: Practical, Socio-Ethical and Theological Implications”
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The 8th Annual Contemporary Fiqhī Issues Workshop, at the Al-Mahdi Institute, seeks to provide a forum for considering the regulations of im/purity (ṭahāra and najāsā) in Islam, in light of their wide-reaching practical, socio-ethical and theological implications. The practical importance …
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January
2020
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House of Lords hosts Graduation Ceremony for Faith Leader Training Initiative
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On 29th January 2020 Shaykh Ali Redha Khaki and Shaykh Mahmood Dhalla attended the Graduation Ceremony for the Faith Leader Training Initiative at the House of Lords in Westminster London, being its first cohort of graduates having completed the programme. …
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January
2020
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Dr Ali-reza Bhojani’s co-edited volume ‘Visions of Sharīʿa: Contemporary Discussions in Shī ͑ī Legal Theory’ published by Brill
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Al-Mahdi Institute is proud to announce the publication of ‘Visions of Sharīʿa: Contemporary Discussions in Shī ͑ī Legal Theory’. Published within Brill’s  Studies in Islamic law and Society series and co-edited by AMI’s  Dr Ali-reza Bhojani, Dr Laurens de Rooij and Prof. Michael Bohlander, the volume includes contributions from a number of …
27
January
2020
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Shaykh Mahmood Dhalla attends Abrahamic Faith Leaders Programme Resulting in Publication
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Shaykh Mahmood Dhalla represented Al-Mahdi Institute in the ‘Madrasa – Beit Midrash Learning Programme For Abrahamic Faith Leaders’, which took place at the Central United Synagogue in Birmingham under the initiative of Rabbi Lior Kaminetsky. The programme has now successfully …
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January
2020
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AMI Faculty Members Complete ‘Faith Leader Training Initiative’
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On the 8th of January 2020, Al- Mahdi Institute’s Shaykh Ali Redha and Shaykh Mahmood Dhalla completed the “Faith Leader Training Initiative” (FLTI) which commenced in October 2019. The FLTI is an initiative that seeks to empower faith leaders with the …
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December
2019
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AMI alumni graduates from collaborative MA with University of Birmingham
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Congratulations to Al-Mahdi Institute alumni, Ahmer Shah, who successfully completed the Postgraduate Degree in Islamic Studies, awarded by the University of Birmingham. The MA is a collaborative degree offered by AMI and the University of Birmingham, which is taught across …
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December
2019
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Still being Careful with Muhammad. Research seminar by Dr Shabbir Akhtar (University of Oxford)
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The Persian quote, ‘Say what you want about God, but be careful with Muhammad’, sums up the Muslim sentiment to any criticism or mockery of the Prophet Muhammad. Dr Shabbir Akhtar spoke about his experience and the Muslim response to …
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November
2019
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Saqifa and the Appointment of the First Caliph
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The events following the demise of the blessed Prophet Muhammad, and the method of electing the first Caliph, have arguably been the most influential in creating the initial major split between his nation. The Centre for Intra-Muslim Studies (CIMS) convened …
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November
2019
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Celebrating the Prophet’s Birthday Through Art
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On Sunday 24th November, Time for Change organised a Milad event to celebrate the birth of the blessed Prophet Muhammad at Al-Mahdi Institute. The fun filled programme, brought together 150 people and included theatre productions, poetry, and art displays. As …
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November
2019
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Representatives of Oasis Foundation, Milan, Visit AMI
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On 12th November AMI welcomed Dr. Chiara Pellegrino and Dr. Claudio Fontana who visited from the Oasis Foundation, based in Milan. The foundation fosters understanding between Christians and Muslims and analyses the way in which they interpret their faith in …
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November
2019
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Islamic Law Between Empire and Nation-State. Research Seminar by Dr. Raha Rafii (University of Exeter)
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Dr Raha Rafii  presented her work on the academic notion of Islamic law as a development of the colonial project. She contends that Islamic law is wider than jurisprudence, which is the textual tradition, and that historically the emphasis on …
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November
2019
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Abrahamic Scriptures: What are the authoritative scriptures for Jews, Christians and Muslims? And, how are these scriptures read and understood?
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In the Islamic tradition, the Abrahamic faiths, comprised of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, are known as the ‘People of the Book’. As all three faiths have religious scriptures, which guide believers in their daily lives, the topic of the Inter-Religious …
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October
2019
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“Dangerous Liaisons: Marriage, Slave-Concubinage and Confessional Boundaries in Early Islamic Law” by Dr. Omar Anchassi Research Seminar
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Dr Omar Anachassi’s research considers the early juristic position within the various schools of jurisprudence regarding marriage to non-Muslim women who are either pagans or from the Abrahamic religions. He compares the rulings of marriage to the position with regards …
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October
2019
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Shaykh Mahmood Dhalla Attends Celebration of Sung Evening Prayer
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On Sunday 20th October, Shaykh Mahmood Dhalla, representing AMI, attended the invitation of the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham at Saint Chads Cathedral, Birmingham, to the celebration of Sung Evening Prayer of the Church marking the Canonisation of …
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October
2019
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The Deadly Sins: A means for Enlightenment Arbaeen 2019
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Arbaeen 2019 9th-13th October 2019 Human vices and sins are often portrayed as reprehensible without acknowledgement that they are inextricably linked to human nature making then necessary for growth.  During the Arbaeen 2019 five-night lecture series, held at Al-Mahdi Institute, …
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October
2019
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‘Islamic Perspectives on Organ Donation after Death’ Research Workshop
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3rd-4th October 2019 Al Mahdi Institute partnered with the Organ Donation & Transplant Research Centre, University of Bedfordshire to host a multidisciplinary workshop addressing ‘Islamic Perspectives on Organ Donation after Death’. It was the inaugural workshop in the ‘Islamic Perspectives …
24
September
2019
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Spiritual Retreat 2019 with Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain
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19th-24th September The Spiritual Retreat 2019 with Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain took place in the scenic Kaghan valley North of Pakistan, within a little town called Khanian. With the river running alongside the hotel, it made for an ideal location to …
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September
2019
CIMS Qirtas
The Context of the Prophet’s Will | Shia Presentation | CIMS
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Succession of the Prophet and the issue of Qirtas Following on from the last meeting of the Centre for Intra Muslim Studies (CIMS) on the issue of qirtas, where the opinions of various Sunni scholars were presented, this meeting gave …
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September
2019
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AMI’s Mahdiyah Abdul Hussain Presents at the Organ Donation Symposium, Leeds
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AMI Research Assistant, Mahdiyah Abdul Hussain, was invited by The Leeds Muslim Youth Group as the guest speaker at their Organ Donation Symposium on 7th September. Representatives from Asian and Middle Eastern Cancer Trust, the Imam Hussain Blood donation Campaign, …
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August
2019
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’Decoding the Mahdi’ Muharram lecture series by Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain
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Muharram  2019/1441 Following the success of Al-Mahdi Institute’s Arbaeen programme in previous years, this year AMI decided to host Muharram programmes for 10 days. The lecture series delivered by Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain, entitled ‘Decoding the Mahdi’, was also streamed online …
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July
2019
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AMI Publishes Fiqhi Workshop Conference Proceedings
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Following the success of the Contemporary Fiqhi Issues Workshop Series, AI Mahdi Institute has published conference proceedings of last year’s workshop, held on the 5th-6th July 2018, on ‘The Past, Present and Future of Shīʿī Ijtihād’. This short compendium is …
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July
2019
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Holding the Media to Account for Misrepresenting Muslims
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Shaykh Muhammed Raza Tajri was invited, as a delegate, to attend the launch of The Muslim Council of Britain’s (MCB) Centre for Media Monitoring (CFMM ), on Tuesday 9th July. The launch of this commendable project took place at a …
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July
2019
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The Jewish Perception of Christians and Muslims
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The final Inter-Religious Symposia gathering dealing with the perception of the other convened on Monday 8th July to discuss The Jewish perceptions of Christianity and Islam. Rabbi Mark Solomon (Edinburgh and Leicester Liberal Jewish Communities) presented a comprehensive overview of …
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July
2019
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AMI Hawza Graduation Ceremony 2019
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Saturday 6th July marked Al-Mahdi Institute’s Hawza Graduation Ceremony, celebrating the achievements of AMI students who successfully completed the Hawza course with 200 special guests. AMI Director, Shaykh Arif Abdul-Hussain presented the graduates, Mateen Noori, Mansoureh Fatemi, and Zain Abbas …
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July
2019
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Mofid University to award BA to Students Completing First 3 Years of Hawza Programme.
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Following a recent trip to Iran by AMI Director, Shaykh Arif Abdul-Hussain, and Dr. Hashim Bata, Al-Mahdi Institute is pleased to announce its collaboration with Mofid University in Qom, Iran.  AMI currently offers a four-year Hawza Programme, which is based …
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June
2019
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Honest Discussions: Is Islam Outdated?
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        Is a religion that was revealed over 1400 years ago, relevant to our lives today? Professor Ayatollah Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad and Shaykh Arif Abdul-Hussain discussed the question in a panel forum on Saturday 29th June at …
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June
2019
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Shaykh Tajri Represents AMI at 10 Downing Street Eid Reception
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In recognition of the work carried out by Al-Mahdi Institute, both educationally as well as the positive impact on the wider British community, Shaykh Muhammed Reza Tajri was invited to this year’s Eid Reception, at 10 Downing Street. The government’s …
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June
2019
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Nazmina Dhanji chairs ‘Author Evening’ with Prof Seyfeddin Kara
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Nazmina Dhanji, lecturer in Arabic language and grammar, Qur’anic Sciences and Hadith Studies, at Al-Mahdi Institute chaired an author evening on 20th June at the Islamic Human Rights Commission Bookshop in London. She discussed the historicity of the Qur’anic text …
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June
2019
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SSF: The Evolution of Islamic Political Theories
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Dr Ali Fanaei presents an overview of the evolution of Shiite political theories from the fourth century of Hijra to the present day at the Shia Scholars Forum (SSF) on  15th  June. Initially, Shiite scholars were concerned with developing private …
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June
2019
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Al-Mahdi Institute and Secretariat for the Assembly of Religious Seminaries (Hawza Ilmiyya, Qom) to Collaborate on Scholarly Research Activities
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Al-Mahdi Institute is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Secretariat for the Assembly of Religious Seminaries (Hawza Ilmiyya, Qom) to work together on joint research activities pertaining to contemporary issues impacting the lives of Muslims.
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June
2019
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‘Shia Female University Experiences Shaping Religious Authority Conceptions’ by Shaykh Muhammed Reza Tajri
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In the first half of June 2019, Shaykh Tajri was twice invited to present parts of his ongoing PhD research at two of the UK’s leading universities. Shaykh Tajri firstly attended a two-day symposium at The University of Cambridge, on …
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June
2019
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Creating a City of Peace and Remembrance Interfaith Service
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On Saturday 8th June Al-Mahdi Institute hosted an Interfaith Service welcoming over 160 people organised by the Universal Peace Federation on the topic of “Creating a City of Peace Together” whilst remembering the victims of the Christchurch shooting and Sri …
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June
2019
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Eid al-Fitr 2019
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Tuesday 4th June marked the end of the blessed month of Ramadan. The Eid al-Fitr celebrations at AMI began with the Eid prayers and sermon by Shaykh Arif Abdul-Hussain followed by families and friends enjoying lunch together. Shaykh Arif’s sermon …
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June
2019
AMI Big Iftar 2019
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Saturday 1st June 2019 As always, this year AMI’s annual Big Iftar brought together people of all faiths and non for the ceremonial breaking of the fast in the month of Ramadan. We were honoured to have representatives from the …
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May
2019
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“50 Qur’anic Comforts for Mums” publication by Nazmina Dhanji
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We’re so excited to share “50 Qur’anic Comforts for Mums” authored by AMI’s Nazmina Dhanji, published by Sun Behind the Clouds Publications. This book draws on the comforting words of the Creator in the Qur’an and offers a way to …
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May
2019
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Call For Papers: Islamic Perspectives on Organ Donation after Death
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The 1st workshop of the ‘Islamic Perspectives on Ethical Issues’ series 3rd – 4th October 2019 The Islamic Perspectives on Ethical Issues workshop series aims to provide an open platform for critical Islamic scholarship concerned with contemporary challenges faced by …
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May
2019
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British Muslim Perceptions of Biological Evolution
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British Muslims are portrayed as rejecting biological evolution in sensationalist newspaper headlines and certain unsubstantiated academic literature reporting a rise in ‘Islamic creationism’. This narrative stems from the ‘conflict thesis’ which pits religion against science and portrays Islam in particular …
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April
2019
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Muslims in Britain Research Network Conference: The Future of British Muslim Studies
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This one-day event, hosted by Cardiff University’s Islam UK Centre, brought together those from within and outside of academia who have an interest in shaping the study of Muslim Britain. They discussed the challenges facing British Muslim Studies and deliberated …
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April
2019
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AMI Library Acquires over 500 New Books
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AMI librarian, Mohsen Najafi, attended the 32nd Tehran International Book Fair, in April 2019, with the aim purchasing selective titles to enrich AMI Library’s existing collections. During the book fair, he purchased around 550 Arabic and Persian books in varying …
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March
2019
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Opting out of Saving a Life: Organ Donation in Shi’i Jurisprudence
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Opting out of Saving a Life: Organ Donation in Shi’i Jurisprudence | 28th March 2019 | AMI Research Seminar In light of the imminent transition towards a system of ‘deemed consent’ in England, according to which there is a presumption that …
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March
2019
CIMS: Succession of Prophet
The Context of the Prophet’s Will | CIMS
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Succession of the Prophet and the issue of Qirtas | 23rd March 2019 Was the Prophet denied a chance to record a last testament before his death by his own companions? The issue of qirtas, refers to the incident at …
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March
2019
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Call for Papers: “The Efficacy of Financial Structures for Islamic Taxes and Dues”
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The 7th Annual Contemporary Fiqhī Issues Workshop 4th – 5th July 2019 Islam has institutionalised, endorsed, and at times even enforced different forms of paying dues with the objective of providing for different categories of social or individual needs and …
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March
2019
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The Christian Perceptions of Jews and Muslims
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Held at AMI on 11th March 2019 Following on from the Inter-Religious Symposia‘s first meeting on Muslim perceptions of other Abrahamic faiths, the second meeting considered Christian perceptions of Jews and Muslims. Dr Richard McCallum, an associate member of the …
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February
2019
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Women’s Right to Child Custody in Shi’i Fiqh: A Modern Fiqhi Perspective
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Held at AMI on 21st February 2019 As part of his ongoing research on women’s jurisprudential issues, Sayed Hossein al-Qazwini presented the current juristic trend regarding the mother’s right to child custody in Shi’i fiqh, concluding with his own novel …
21
January
2019
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Leadership, Authority and Representation in British Muslim Communities
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Hosted by Cardiff University, this one-day conference brought together academics and activists to explore issues of leadership, authority and representation in British Muslim communities. Some of the questions discussed included: Who speaks for British Muslims? How is authority construed, constructed …
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January
2019
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CIMS: Succession of the Prophet and the event of Ghadeer
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  Held at AMI on 19th January 2019. Sunni and Shia ulema convened to discuss the sensitive topic of the succession of the Prophet and the event of Ghadir, which has been a source of discord amongst the two groups. …
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December
2018
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4th Unity Conference on the Seera of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh).
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Shaykh Arif Abdul-Hussain spoke at the 4th Unity Conference on the Seera of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh). The intra-faith event hosted at the Sparkbrook Islamic Centre and Jamia Masjid was attended by key speaks from the differing sects of Islam including …
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December
2018
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Islam, Alcohol and Identity: A Critical Muslim Studies Approach
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Held on 13th December 2018 at AMI. Dr Mustapha Sheikh’s paper offers a new understanding of the Hanafi jurisprudential position on alcohol according to which not all forms are prohibited. Why does the Quran promise ‘rivers of wine’ to believing …
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December
2018
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Muslim Perceptions of the People of the Book
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Held on 10th December 2018 at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education, Leicestershire Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain presented on the “Muslim Perceptions of the People of the Book from the Perspective of the Quran and Prophetic Teachings” at the Markfield Institute …
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December
2018
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SSF: The origins and scope of Shiite mourning rituals
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Held on 8th December 2018 at AMI. As mourning rituals for Imam Husayn have become a marker of Shia identity and a symbol of the faith, Shia scholars met to discuss the religious justifications and historical origins of different forms …
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December
2018
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Muslim Student Council annual conference ‘RISE UP’
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Students from AMI represented the Institute at this year’s Muslim Student Council conference, awards ceremony and annual general meeting held at University College London. This year’s conference was titled ‘RISE UP’ and centred on the theme of establishing global justice on …
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November
2018
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Menstruation Laws in Islamic Texts
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Menstruation laws in Islamic texts is, perhaps understandably, an overlooked topic of discussion, but nonetheless important. AMI teacher Nazmina Dhanji was invited to participate in a two-day workshop on the topic organised by Professor Robert Gleave of the Institute of …
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November
2018
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BMS Scriptural Reasoning
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22nd November saw 30 Baptist theological students from BMS world mission come to Al-Mahdi Institute for scriptural reasoning and lunch. BMS World Mission is a Christian mission organisation, working in around 30 countries on four continents. The scriptural reasoning session …
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November
2018
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The Muslim Perception of Jews and Christians
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The Inter-Religious Symposia (IRS), which hopes to increase the understanding of other religious traditions, held its first meeting on the 5th of November 2018 to discuss how Muslims view Jews and Christians. It was attended by Rabbi Mark Solomon of the …
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November
2018
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Organ Donation and Islam
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Three people needlessly lose their lives daily waiting for an organ transplantation. As ethnic and religious minorities in the UK are statistically least likely to become donors, University of Leeds ABsoc held an event entitled Organ Donation and Islam to …
02
November
2018
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Civic Mass
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On Sunday 2th November 2018 Sh. Mahmood Dhalla attended Civic Mass at Metropolitan Cathedral & Basilica of St. Chad representing Al-Mahdi Institute. It is an important event in the calendar of the Cathedral as joined in by representatives of the …
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October
2018
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Arbaeen lecture series by Shaykh Arif
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‘The One we are searching for beyond ourselves wishes to awaken within us.’ Shaykh Arif Abdul-Hussain focused his arbaeen lecture series on how we can find God through ourselves by ridding ourselves of the delusion that God is ‘the other’, …
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September
2018
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SOAS Presentation by Shaykh Tajri
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In September 2018, Shaykh Muhammed Reza Tajri was invited to participate in a and present his research in a two-day conference, which took place at SOAS, University of London. The conference theme was based around a three nationwide research project, …
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August
2018
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The Oxford Muslim-Christian Summer School
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In August AMI student Sekou and AMI graduate Sister Farhana attended the Oxford Muslim-Christian Summer School, the aim of which is a residential week of shared study between Muslims and Christians, in which we explore our differences with integrity and …
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August
2018
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Muslim Minds
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Looking at the state of Muslim communities in today’s rapidly changing world and world-views, it has become of paramount importance to create a platform for the scholars to discuss freely and openly, issues at hand. In order to cater for …
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August
2018
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Research Seminar: “The Hijab Controversy in Modern Iran” – Dr Lloyd Ridgeon
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10th May 2018 – Dr Lloyd Ridgeon of Glasgow University presents on ‘The Hijab Controversy in Modern Iran’, looking at the social response to it in Iran through time and particularly through the lens of two clerics. The hijab has been …
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July
2018
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AMI Student Glen Moran presents paper at three international conferences on the topic ‘Science in Religion’
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In July 2017, AMI student Glen Moran presented research papers at three conferences on the topic of ‘Science in Religion’. He was invited to present his paper entitled ”Apes, Sheikhs and Darwin. The evolving construction of evolution amongst British Muslims” (click title for …
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May
2018
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The Hijab Controversy in Modern Iran
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The hejab has been a major feature of politics in Iran ever since serious contact with Western powers began in the 19th century. Since then, female dress, and in particular head covering has became something of a political football. The …
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April
2018
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AMI in Co-Operation with BETA Charitable Trust
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#passtheparcel for £25 Beta Charitable Trust annually organises its pass the parcel food program which aims to provide food to the poorest and most needy communities around the world. For just £25, you can help curb a family’s hunger today …
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April
2018
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The Law of Honour-Killing: A British Innovation in the Criminal Law of the Indian Subcontinent
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In Pakistan and India, hundreds of women are killed every year in the name of honour. Such a barbaric and heinous custom has existed in the subcontinent for many centuries yet under the pre-colonial criminal justice system of India; the …
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2018
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Research Seminar: “The Law of Honour-Killing: A British Innovation in the Criminal Law of the Indian Subcontinent” – Dr Tahir Wasti
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On the 12th of April Dr Tahir Wasti (SOAS, LaWise Solicitors) presented on “The Law of Honour-Killing: A British Innovation in the Criminal Law of the Indian Subcontinent” Dr Wasti started off with the history of honour killings in legal systems such …
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April
2018
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AMI faculty Dr Wahid Amin and Shaykh Tajri present at BRAIS 2018
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On 9th – 11th April 2018, the British Association for Islamic Studies held their fifth annual conference at University of Exeter, inviting Research fellows from around the globe to represent a broad range of backgrounds and sub-disciplines within Islamic Studies. The British Association for …
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March
2018
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Why so many rules? Thinking about the reasons and consequences of legalistic approaches to religious ethics
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Rules are a feature of many religious (and non-religious) ethical traditions, although they are not the only possible approach to shaping religious and ethical commitment. (Role models are another obvious example.) Some traditions take this ‘ruly’ approach very far indeed. …
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Research Seminar: “Why so many rules” – Dr Morgan Clarke
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On the 22nd of March 2018, Dr Morgan Clarke presented a research seminar on “Why so many rules? Thinking about the reasons and consequences of legalistic approaches to religious ethics”. The seminar started with Dr Clarke speaking about his own …
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March
2018
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CIMS: ‘Tawassul (Intermediation) in the light of the Islamic Tenet of the Sole Authority of God’
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On Saturday 17th March 2018 the Centre for Intra-Muslim Studies held a discussion on ‘Tawassul (Intermediation) in the light of the Islamic Tenet of the Sole Authority of God‘  presented by Dr Khuram Bashir from Green Lane Mosque for the …
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March
2018
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SSF: The Authenticity & Efficacy of Dua Tawassul and Dua Nudbah
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On Sunday 4th of March 2018, the Shia Scholars Forum held a discussion on “The Authenticity & Efficacy of Dua Tawassul and Dua Nudbah” at Al-Mahdi Institute. The discussion commenced with a presentation by Shaykh Ayyub Rashid who looked into …
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January
2018
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Visit by Asha Centre to learn more about Islam
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On 29th January 2018, a group of 33 from all over Europe attended the Al Mahdi Institute to find out more about the Institute and to meet its director Shaykh Arif to talk about the spiritual, mystical side of Islam. …
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January
2018
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Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain & Shaykh Mahmood Dhalla represent AMI at the Birmingham Council of Mosques inauguration
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On the 11th January 2018, the Birmingham Council of Mosques (BCM) was launched at the Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham. The Inauguration was presided by many dignitaries including The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service …
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December
2017
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CIMS: ‘What is the meaning of Tawhid as a foundation of Islam?’
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On Saturday 16th December 2017, The ‘Centre for Intra-Muslim Studies’ (CIMS) held an intra-faith discussion titled; ‘What is the meaning of Tawhid as a foundation of Islam?’ The meeting was well attended by Scholars and academics from both the Sunni …
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2017
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Research Seminar: “Assessing perceptions of Islamic Authority amongst British Shia Muslim Youth”
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On Thursday 14th December 2017, Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “Assessing perceptions of Islamic Authority amongst British Shia Muslim Youth” by Shaykh Mohammed Reza Tajri from Al-Mahdi Institute. The seminar was attended by AMI students, faculty and …
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December
2017
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AMI hosts Interfaith Family Fun Day in association with Penny Appeal
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On Saturday 9th December 2017, AMI hosted an ‘interfaith family fun day’, celebrating Christmas, Hanukah and Milad un Nabi. The event was sponsored by Penny Appeal to raise money for the East Africa Crisis Appeal and was a great success. …
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November
2017
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Research Seminar: “Shia Marriage Practices in Europe and Mid-East”
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On Thursday 23rd November 2017, Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “Shia Marriage Practices in Europe and Mid-East” conducted by Dr Yaffa Shanneik from University of Birmingham. The seminar was attended by AMI students, faculty and …
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November
2017
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AMI hosts Progressive Christian Network (PCN) for discussion and tour
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On Monday 13th November members of the Progressive Christian Network (PCN) were welcomed by Al Mahdi Institute students and staff for a lunch and discussions. The PCN is a network which works to promote and support open and contemporary Christian understandings. Members …
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November
2017
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AMI Student Anderson Al-Wazni published in The Muslim Vibe on ‘Islam and climate change’
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Part time AMI student, Anderson Al-Wazni published an article in The Muslim Vibe entitled ‘Islam and climate change: why we need an Islamic response now!’. The article examines global warming issues alongside climate change policies in the US and the principle need …
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November
2017
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AMI Shaykh Mahmood Dhalla presesnts at NHS ‘End of Life Matters’ event
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On Thursday 7th November, Shaykh Mahmood Dhalla was invited to present at an NHS event on ‘End of Life Matters’. The event comprised of presentations from local professionals (law firm, funeral undertakers), medical team, and faith representatives which included Christian, Sikh and Quaker. …
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November
2017
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AMI hosts arbaeen lecture series on ‘God through the eyes of Hussain’ by Shaykh Arif Abdulhussein
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From 1st to 5th November 2017, Shaykh Arif Abdulhussein spoke about ‘God through the eyes of Hussain’ as part of an Arbaeen lecture series at the Al-Mahdi Institute. They were well received with maximum attendance of 300 guests, students and …
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October
2017
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AMI Student Anderson Al-Wazni published on Oxford University Press blog on ‘Pushed to extremes: the human cost of climate change’
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Part time AMI student, Anderson Al-Wazni published a blog post entitled ‘Pushed to extremes: the human cost of climate change’ in Oxford University Press Blog. The blog post examines the recent US elections and the impact of climate change policies …
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October
2017
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Research Seminar: “Gender Violence and Qur’ān 4:34: An Interpretive Analysis between Tradition and Modernity”
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On Thursday 19th October 2017,  Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “Gender Violence and Qur’ān 4:34: An Interpretive Analysis between Tradition and Modernity” conducted by Shaykh Mahmoud Ali Gomaa Afifi from Lancaster University. The seminar was attended by AMI …
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October
2017
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SSF: Karbala in the midst of History and Narrative: Typology of Genres of Maqatil
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On Saturday 14th October 2017, the Shia Scholars Forum held a roundtable discussion on the topic ‘Karbala in the midst of History and Narrative: Typology of Genres of Maqatil’ at Al-Mahdi Institute. On the premise of distinguishing between history and …
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October
2017
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Dr Sarfraz Jeraj delivers a seminar on Mental Health Awareness for AMI students and faculty
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On Thursday 5th October 2017, Dr Sarfraz Jeraj delivered a seminar on an ‘Introduction to Mental Health – What to look out for and what to do’ for the benefit of AMI students and faculty. The seminar aimed to raise …
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August
2017
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AMI partcipates in Visit my Mosque Day initiative
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On Sunday 5th February, AMI participated in the nationwide initiative to open up Islamic centres for people of all faiths and none. Al-Mahdi Institute took part for the first time in the “Visit My Mosque” initiative by the Muslim Council …
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August
2017
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CIMS: General Discussion and Conclusions
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On Saturday 20th August AMI held a Centre for Intra-Muslim Studies (CIMS) discussion entitled ”General Discussion and Conclusions” . The meeting was attended by a considerable number of Shia and Sunni scholars together with intellectuals and community leaders belonging to …
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July
2017
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AMI hosts volunteer training session for Christian priests and students of USPG
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On 23rd July 2017 AMI hosted a group of Christian priests and students of religion who were visiting from USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) – an Anglican mission agency supporting churches around the world in their mission to …
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July
2017
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AMI hosts The Birmingham Council of Mosques meeting
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On 13th July 2017, The Birmingham Council of Mosques held a meeting at Al Mahdi Institute. The BCM is a newly formed organisation with the aim of bringing the different mosques in Birmingham together, sharing resources, and learning from each other. …
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July
2017
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CIMS: ”Discussion and General Questions on Imamology and Finality of Prophethood”
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On 8th July at Al-Mahdi Institute, the Centre for Intra-Muslim Studies held a roundtable discussion on the topic ”Discussion and General Questions on Imamology and Finality of Prophethood”. The meeting was attended by eminent scholars and community leaders from both Ahl …
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July
2017
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‘Violence in Sharīʿa and its Contemporary Implications’ AMI’s 5th Annual Contemporary Fiqhi Issues Workshop
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AMI hosted its 5th Annual Contemporary Fiqhi Issues workshop on ‘Violence in Sharīʿa and its Contemporary Implications‘ between 6th – 7th July 2017. Bringing together a host of international scholars and specialists, the workshop was a unique platform to facilitate scholarship directly addressing …
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July
2017
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AMI Library hosts an exclusive screening of the film ‘The Salesman’
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On Saturday 1st July AMI Library hosted an exclusive screening of the film ‘The Salesman’. The Salesman (Persian: فروشنده‎, translit. Forušande‎) is a 2016 Iranian drama film directed and written by Asghar Farhadi and starring Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini. …
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June
2017
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AMI Eid ul-Fitr Programme 2017
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On Sunday 25th June AMI held an Eid al-Fitr programme for family and friends to celebrate and enjoy. Marking the end of Ramadhan, the holy month of fasting and forgiveness in the Muslim faith, the program began with an Eid …
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June
2017
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AMI Panel Discussion on ‘Islam, Pluralism and Diversity
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On Friday 9th of June 2017, AMI held a panel discussion on Islam, Pluralism & Diversity with Shaykh Ayub Rashid (Teacher at ICAS Hawza London) , Shaykh Mansour Leghaei (Co-Founder of Imam Hussain Centre Australia) and Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain (Director of Al …
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June
2017
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AMI Dr Wahid Amin participates in American University of Beirut, Lebanon’s Workshop 2017
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On 5th June 2017 Dr. Wahid M. Amin (AMI Research Fellow in Muslim Philosophical and Theological Traditions) participated in the Shared Intellectual Spaces: Muslims and Christians in the Islamicate World after Avicenna workshop held at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.The workshop …
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May
2017
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AMI’s Dr. Wahid M. Amin presents at Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambrid
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AMI’s Dr. Wahid M. Amin was recently invited to present a paper at the second meeting of the History of Arabic Philosophy Group on 26 May 2017 at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. Held annually, the History of …
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May
2017
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Research Seminar: “Human Potential in the Faith Epistle of Ikhwan al-Safa’”
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On Thursday 18th May 2017,  Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “Human Potential in the Faith Epistle of Ikhwan al-Safa’” conducted by Dr Arzina R Lalani from The Institute of Ismaili Studies. The seminar was attended by AMI students, faculty …
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May
2017
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Shaykh Arif Abdulhussein participates in Faith Guiding Course for Central Mosque Birmingham
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On 15th May 2017 Shaykh Arif Abdulhussein presents as the main speaker at the Faith Guiding Course presentation ceremony on ‘The relevance of interfaith dialogue in Modern Society’ at Central Mosque Birmingham. The Faith guiding course, organised by The Faith …
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May
2017
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Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain presents on the Existence of Imam Mahdi (as) at Mehfil Ali (SICM)
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On Sunday 14th May, celebrating the life of Imam Mahdi (as) Shaykh Arif Abdulhussein gave a talk at the Mahfil Ali (SICM) on the topic ‘Existence of Imam Mehdi (as)’. The event was well received with many community members attending …
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May
2017
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AMI graduate Mahdiyah Abdulhussain presents at Centre of Islamic Studies symposium
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Between 12th – 13th May 2017, AMI graduate Mahdiyah Abdulhussain presented a paper at the Muslims in the UK and Europe Postgraduate Symposium, organised by the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her paper was entitled ‘Examining …
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May
2017
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Shaykh Arif Abdulhussein participates and contributes to the Birmingham Council of Mosques forum
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Shaykh Arif participates and contributes to the Birmingham Council of Mosques forum on 11th May 2017 at the Birmingham Jame Masjid, Handsworth. The BCM is a newly formed organisation with the aim of bringing the different mosques in Birmingham together, …
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May
2017
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AMI’s Shaykh Muhammed Reza Tajri participates in Roundtable Workshop at Edinburgh University
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On the weekend of 6th -7th May 2017, AMI’s Shaykh Muhammed Reza Tajri participated in a ‘roundtable workshop’, held at Edinburgh University, entitled: The Unthought in Islam: The Shi’a and Shi’ism in the Western Diaspora.  The event, chaired by Edinburgh University’s Professor …
03
May
2017
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AMI’s head librarian, Mohsen Najafi, attends the Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF)
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Between 3rd – 13th May AMI’s head librarian, Mohsen Najafi, attended The Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF) – which is held in Tehran on an annual basis. The book fair was well received with a large number of local and …
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April
2017
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Shifting discourse in the Muslim organ donation debate: reports of finding
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On Thursday 27th April 2017,  Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “Shifting discourse in the Muslim organ donation debate: reports of finding” conducted by Dr Mansur Ali, Cardiff University. The seminar was attended by AMI students, faculty and many …
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April
2017
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Research Seminar: “Shifting discourse in the Muslim organ donation debate: reports of finding”
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On Thursday 27th April 2017,  Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “Shifting discourse in the Muslim organ donation debate: reports of finding” conducted by Dr Mansur Ali, Cardiff University. The seminar was attended by AMI students, faculty and many …
26
April
2017
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AMI Student Kumail Shariff presents at ESITIS conference 2017 in Germany
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Between 26th – 29th April 2017, AMI student Kumail Shariff presented at the The European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (ESITIS) conference 2017. The conference’s focus was on the topic of “Religion & Politics in the Crisis of Engagement”. The aim …
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April
2017
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Public Speaking Training with Maria Pattinson
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Held over two sessions on the 24th April and 8th May 2017, year two hawza students received public speaking training sessions with Maria Pattinson, an award-winning professional theatre director and practitioner with international experience as a trainer and facilitator of communication in …
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April
2017
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AMI Public Discussion on ‘Can We Trust the Media Representation of Islam?’
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On Friday 21st April, Al-Mahdi Institute held a public discussion entitled ‘Can We Trust the Media Representation of Islam?’, presented by Miqdaad Versi (Muslim Council of Britain). Inviting AMI students, faculty and the general public, the program was insightful and engaging. …
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April
2017
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AMI’s Dr Ali-Reza Bhojani delivers lecture at the Centre for Islam and Medicine’s ‘Bioethics & Islam Masterclasses’
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On 17th April 2017, AMI faculty member Dr Ali-Reza Bhojani gave a lecture on “Ijtihad in Shi’i Thought and the Scope for Ethical Reasoning in Response to Bio-ethical Challenges” at the Centre for Islam and Medicine’s first masterclass. The 2017-2018 …
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April
2017
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AMI Faculty Dr Ali-Reza Bhojani and Graduate Mahdiyah Abdulhussein present research at 4th Annual BRAIS Conference 2017
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On 11th – 13th April 2017, the British Association for Islamic Studies held their Fourth Annual Conference 2017 at Parkgate Campus; University of Chester, inviting Research fellows from around the globe to represent a broad range of backgrounds and sub-disciplines within Islamic Studies. The three …
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April
2017
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AMI hosts roundtable discussion on ‘Justice and Ethics in Shi’i Thought’ in collaboration with ICJECA Workshop 2017, Mashhad
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On Thursday 6th April, AMI hosted a pre workshop discussion on the topic of ‘Justice and Ethics in Shi’i Thought, from theoretical foundations to Sharia implications’ in collaboration with ICJECA International Conference on Justice and Ethics at Ferdowsi University of …
24
March
2017
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AMI Panel Discussion on ‘Racism in the Muslim Community’
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On Friday 24th March, Al-Mahdi Institute held a public discussion entitled ‘Racism in the Muslim Community’. Inviting neighbours, local communities, AMI students, faculty and the general public. The aim of the event was to encourage audience participation with an extended question …
21
March
2017
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AMI Faculty Dr Wahid Amin participates in Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies seminar
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On Tuesday 21st March 2017, Dr. Wahid M. Amin, AMI faculty member and research fellow in Muslim Philosophical and Theological traditions, delivered a talk at the Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Birmingham. In his …
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March
2017
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Shaykh Arif Abdulhussein presents at Imam Hasan Centre, Australia on ‘Existence of God’ and ‘What makes Lady Fatima Zahra AS great?’
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Celebrating the Birthday of Lady Fatima Zahra A.S, Shaykh Arif Abdulhussein was invited to present at the Imam Hasan Centre in Sydney, Australia over two days (18th – 19th March). The first program began with a workshop led by Shaykh Arif …
16
March
2017
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Theology of Shi‘ite Ziyārah: the Case for a Norm-Sensitive Approach to Religion
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n Thursday 16th March 2017,  Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “Theology of Shi‘ite Ziyārah: the Case for a Norm-Sensitive Approach to Religion” conducted by Dr Jafar Morvarid of Ferdowsi University, Mashhad. The seminar was attended by AMI students, …
15
December
2016
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The Second Vatican Council and the New Catholic Theology of Islam
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On Thursday 15th December 2016,  Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “The Second Vatican Council and the New Catholic Theology of Islam” conducted by Professor Timothy Winter/ Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad from University of Cambridge. The seminar was attended by AMI …
24
November
2016
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Re-Thinking Economics Post the Global Financial Crisis – An Islamic Economics Perspective
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On Thursday 24th November 2016,  Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “Re-Thinking Economics Post the Global Financial Crisis – An Islamic Economics Perspective” conductedby Professor Mohammed Iqbal Asaria from CASS Business School – City, University of London. The seminar was attended by …
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November
2016
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May
2016
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The myth of the ‘Islamic City’: rethinking the notion of sacred space
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On Thursday 26th May, Al-Mahdi Institute held a research seminar on the topic of ‘The myth of the ‘Islamic City’: rethinking the notion of sacred space’ conducted by Dr Colin Turner, from Durham University. The seminar was attended by AMI students, faculty …
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April
2016
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A Critical Rationalist approach to Religion
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On Thursday 28th April,  Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “A Critical Rationalist approach to Religion” conducted by Professor Ali Paya from Westminster University, London. The seminar was attended by AMI students, faculty and interested members of the public. Professor …
24
March
2016
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Pickthall’s translation of the Qur’an: an analysis of selected verses on women
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On Thursday 24th March,  Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “Pickthall’s translation of the Qur’an: an analysis of some selected verses on women” conducted by Dr Haifaa Jawad from University of Birmingham. The seminar was attended by AMI students, faculty …
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January
2016
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Suppression of Ali ibn Abi Talib’s Codex
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On 14th January, Dr Seyfeddin Kara of Durham University presented his research on the topic of  ‘Suppression of Ali ibn Abi Talib’s Codex’. The seminar was attended by AMI students, faculty and many interested members of the public. Dr Seyfeddin Kara is currently …
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December
2015
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Understanding Islamophobia in Today’s Britain: manifestations and responses?
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On 17th December 2015, Dr Chris Allen of Birmingham University presented his research on the topic of ‘Understanding Islamophobia in Today’s Britain’. The seminar was attended by AMI students, faculty and many interested members of the public. Dr Chris Allen is …
23
November
2015
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What is the nature and purpose of human life?
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From the 23rd to  the 27th of November 2015, Shaykh Arif Abdulhussein spoke about ‘The nature and purpose of human life’ as part of an Arbaeen lecture series at the Al-Mahdi Institute. They were well received with over 200 guests, students and …
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November
2015
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Exegesis, ontological hierarchy and spiritual alchemy: the hermeneutical matrix of the Ja`fari comments in Sulami’s (d.1021) Haqa’iq al-tafsir
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On Thursday 4th Novemeber 2015, the Al-Mahdi Institute held a research seminar entitled “Exegesis, ontological hierarchy and spiritual alchemy: the hermeneutical matrix of the Ja`fari comments in Sulami’s (d.1021) Haqa’iq al-tafsir” by Dr Farhana Mayer (Independent scholar). The seminar was attended by …
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June
2015
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Inter-religious meetings and the spaces in between Islam.
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On Wednesday 10th June 2015, Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “Inter-religious meetings and the spaces in between Islam” conducted by Dr David Cheetham from University of Birmingham. The seminar was attended by AMI students, faculty and interested …
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May
2015
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Teaching Shi’ism in the Academy; Practicalities and Pitfalls.
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On the 15th April 2015, Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research Seminar conducted by Dr Andrew Newman, a Reader in Islamic Studies and Persian at the University of Edinburgh on the topic of; “Teaching Shi’ism in the Academy; Practicalities and Pitfalls.” The seminar was …
13
May
2015
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Current theological streams informing Christian understandings of law and ethics in relation to Islam
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On the 13th May 2015, Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “Current theological streams informing Christian understandings of law and ethics in relation to Islam” conducted by Revd. Dr Richard Sudworth from the Queens Foundation of Ecumenical Theological …
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March
2015
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Understandings of the Qur’anic term Injil: an exploration.
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On the 11th March 2015, the Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research Seminar conducted by Dr Martin Whittingham, Director of the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, on the topic of; ”Understandings of the Qur’anic term Injil: an exploration.” The seminar was attended by AMI …
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January
2013
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Previous AMI Research Seminars 2013-2014:
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15th October: Prof Max Farrar (Leeds Metropolitan University) “Critical multiculturalism, and the response of British society to diverse Islamic belief and Muslim political positions” (click title for abstract) 12 November Prof Rob Gleave (Exeter University) What’s the point of Uṣūl al-fiqh? …