Al-Mahdi Institute

Al-Mahdi Institute

Al-Mahdi Institute (AMI) provides an open platform for critical Muslim scholarship.

AMI provides a platform for open and critical scholarship that addresses contemporary concerns of Muslims around the globe. Through our educational programmes and research activities, we provide an open platform for critical, innovative, and thought-provoking Muslim scholarship that bridges the gap between traditional Muslim seminaries and contemporary academia.

Operating as usual

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The AMI Library at first light 📚 ☀️ If you haven't visited the library yet, pop by anytime between 9am to 5pm on weekdays to explore our diverse collection of over 20,000 books in English, Arabic, Persian, and Urdu.

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Another key member our faculty team is Dr Wahid Amin who is not only a lecturer in Islamic philosophy, theology, mysticism, and logic at AMI and University of Birmingham, but is also the Head of Publications at AMI Press . Find out more: https://www.almahdi.edu/our_team/amin/

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Next in our publications series by AMI Press is 'The Regulations of Purity and Impurity in Islam' featuring a collection of papers exploring the interpretation of purity in Sharia law. Edited by AMI's Dr Hashim Bata, the publication discusses how these laws impact the everyday lives, relationships, and interactions of Muslims today. Buy your copy or read it online at amipress.co.uk

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Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas at AMI 🎄☃️ May this season bring peace and harmony to our world 🙏

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Another instrumental member of our Faculty is Dr Hashim Bata who is not only the Managing Director of AMI, but also the Head of the Department of Islamic Legal Studies and a lecturer in Islamic Legal Studies at AMI and University of Birmingham . Read more about him here: https://www.almahdi.edu/our_team/bata/

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Dr Muhammed Reza Tajri leads a virtual research seminar at Shahid Beheshti University exploring the gender-related factors impacting attitudes and performances to Shīʿī religious authority especially in relation to Hijab. Read more here: https://www.almahdi.edu/female-experiences-of-hijab-observance/

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The beauty of at AMI 🍁 🍂

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Another prominent member of the AMI Faculty team is Professor Ali Fanaei who has been teaching courses on jurisprudence, philosophy, and more since 2006. He is also a renowned public intellectual and has published several influential works. Read more here: https://www.almahdi.edu/our_team/fanaei/

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Next in our Publications series by AMI Press is a collection of papers from AMI's recent workshop on 'Free Speech, Scholarly Critique, and the Limits of Expression in Islam.' It explores themes like Islamophobia, conflict of freedoms in the West, and more. Buy it now on Amazon or via amipress.co.uk

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REMINDER: The deadline for the call for papers of our upcoming conference on ‘The Oneness of Being (Waḥdat al-Wujūd): Interpretation, Reception, and Implications’ is fast approaching! To find out more or submit your abstract, visit: https://ami.is/dms

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The second round of applications for our Doctoral Scholarship Award is now open! Students studying Twelver Shi'ism have the opportunity to receive up to £3000 in funding to support their research. To find out more or submit your application, visit: https://ami.is/doctoralscholarship

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Another faculty member who has played a pivotal role at AMI is Professor Seyed Mohammad Fatemi who has been a senior lecturer in Islamic legal theory at AMI since 1995. Read about his full background and expertise here: https://www.almahdi.edu/our_team/fatemi/

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Next in our publications series by AMI Press is a three-part volume of Tafsīr al-ʿAyyāshī: A Fourth/Tenth Century Shīʿī Commentary on the Qurʾan. As one of the earliest surviving commentaries from the early phase of Imāmī Shīʿism, it provides both the outer and inner meanings of the Qurʾan. Available to buy on Amazon or via amipress.co.uk

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Next on our faculty spotlight is Ayatollah Professor Rahim Nobahar, an esteemed lecturer specialising in Islamic Legal studies at AMI and Shahid Beheshti University in Iran. Discover more about his background and expertise here: https://www.almahdi.edu/our_team/nobahar/


01/11/2023

Dr Sarra Tlili discusses the status and nature of animals as they are portrayed in the Qur'an in our latest book talk featuring her book 'Animals in the Qur'an.' Watch the full talk here: https://youtu.be/sZ0nkiiuUVA

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In honour of the 10-year anniversary of AMI Press, over the coming weeks, we will be showcasing our latest publications starting with Al-Allama al-Hilli's theological works; 'Clearing the Soul for Paradise' and 'The Way of Nobility: Knowledge of the Imam.' 📚 Purchase your copy on Amazon or via amipress.co.uk

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In honor of AMI's 30-year anniversary , in the coming weeks, we will be presenting an inside look at the AMI Faculty team who have played a crucial role in shaping AMI to what it is today. We begin with our beloved Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain the founder and director of AMI.

23/10/2023

Our latest seminar on 'Medical Discussions on Lovesickness (ʿIshq) during the Post-Classical Period' by Prof. Nahyan Fancy is now available as a podcast! Listen to the full podcast here: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/GueYOaXo3Db

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REMINDER: The Call for Papers deadline for our upcoming conference on 'Compiling a Tradition: The History and Development of the Early Imāmī Hadith Corpora' convened by Dr Haidar Hobollah حيدر حب الله is 1st November 2023! To find out more or submit your abstract, visit: https://ami.is/hadith

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We were delighted to host Professor Nahyan Fancy of University of Exeter for a research seminar exploring 'Medical Discussions on Lovesickness (ʿIshq) during the Post-Classical Period. In his presentation, he explored how these texts and authors related to earlier works and the intellectual context of their time. Read more or watch the seminar here: https://ami.is/seminar

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We're thrilled to announce the launch of 'The AMI Podcast' 🎙️ A new scholarly platform dedicated to the exploration of advanced research in Islamic Studies, book reviews by prominent authors and academics, and discussions among scholars of diverse faiths and denominations within Islam. Discover our full range of podcasts on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music and more, here: https://ami.is/theamipodcast

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Join us tomorrow at AMI as Professor Nahyan Fancy of University of Exeter presents his research on 'Medical Discussions on Lovesickness (ʿIshq) during the Post-Classical Period.' You can also stream the seminar live here: https://ami.is/seminar

RESEARCH SEMINAR: Join us on Wednesday 11th October 2023 at 3:00pm (BST) for our next seminar on 'Medical Discussions on Lovesickness (ʿIshq) during the Post-Classical Period' by Professor Nahyan Fancy of University of Exeter

You can join us in person at AMI or stream the seminar live. No prior registration is required and all are welcome to attend. Find out more: https://ami.is/seminar

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We were delighted to host the new students from the MA & PhD Islamic Studies programmes for a tour of AMI. Wishing you all the best for your academic endeavours 🙏🏼

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The Department of Mysticism and Spirituality is now welcoming applications for a 3-month research fellowship at AMI. Applicants with a strong research interest in Shīʿī mysticism, spirituality or psychology are encouraged to apply. Find out more: https://ami.is/dmsfellowship

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We're delighted to welcome Dr. Mostafa Movahedifar to the AMI Faculty team as an Associate Research Fellow. With a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham and an innovative approach to ḥadīth studies, Dr. Movahedifar's research focuses on the origins, development and transmission history of Imāmī ḥadīth during the formative phase of Twelver Shīʿism. Read more: https://www.almahdi.edu/our_team/movahedifar/

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RESEARCH SEMINAR: Join us on Wednesday 11th October 2023 at 3:00pm (BST) for our next seminar on 'Medical Discussions on Lovesickness (ʿIshq) during the Post-Classical Period' by Professor Nahyan Fancy of University of Exeter

You can join us in person at AMI or stream the seminar live. No prior registration is required and all are welcome to attend. Find out more: https://ami.is/seminar

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Exciting news! 📣 We're thrilled to announce our new Transfer Student Scheme enabling students from other Islamic seminaries or universities to transfer to AMI's Hawza Programme and obtain a fully-funded MA in Islamic Studies awarded by the University of Birmingham. To find out more or apply, visit: https://ami.is/transfer

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CALL FOR PAPERS 📢 AMI is pleased to announce the call for papers for its two-day conference: 'The Oneness of Being (Waḥdat al-Wujūd): Interpretation, Reception, and Implications' convened by Dr Zoheir Esmail of the Department of Mysticism and Spirituality. Deadline for Abstracts: 4th December 2023. Find out more: https://ami.is/dms

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We're thrilled to welcome Dr. Zoheir Esmail to the AMI Faculty team! 🎉 As the Head of the Department of Mysticism and Spirituality, Dr. Esmail's diverse background and expertise make him a valuable addition to our team! Read his full bio here: https://www.almahdi.edu/our_team/esmail/

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We're thrilled to announce the first recipients of the AMI Doctoral Scholarship! Congratulations to Zahra Jafari, Mehdi Ali, and Mohammad Nabeel Jafri who are making significant contributions to the study of Imāmī Shīʿism. Learn more about their research here: https://www.almahdi.edu/imami-shiism

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🌟 New Faculty Alert! 🌟
We are delighted to announce that Dr Haidar Hobbollah حيدر حب الله has joined AMI as the Head of the Department of Hadith and History. With a PhD in Comparative Religions and Christian Theology, and over 15 years of teaching experience, Dr. Hobollah brings a wealth of experience to the Institute. Read more: https://www.almahdi.edu/our_team/hobballah

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NEW COURSE: We are excited to introduce a new course on 'The Philosophy of Rumi' taught by Professor Gholamreza Aavani. Explore the philosophical and mystical teachings of Rumi on love, devotion, unity, and the path to spiritual awakening in this short course available to access ON-DEMAND. Find out more or enrol now: https://buff.ly/3Pi3Ovh

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NEW FACULTY: We are delighted to welcome Dr Laurens de Rooij as the latest member of the AMI Faculty. During his time at AMI, he will be teaching a new course on the 'Introduction to the Sociology of Islam.'

Read more about Dr Laurens de Rooij here.. https://www.almahdi.edu/our_team/derooij/

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REMINDER: Our new course on 'The Introduction to the Sociology of Islam' starts tomorrow! Taught by Dr Laurens de Rooij, you can join the course LIVE at 8:00pm (BST) or access it ON-DEMAND at your convenience. Enrol now... https://buff.ly/4882Mug

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NEW PUBLICATION: 'Islam and God-Centricity: Discovering God (Book 5)' by Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain is now available to purchase as a paperback or kindle edition. Purchase your copy here.. https://ami.is/igc5

Level 1: Introduction to the Sociology of Islam - Level One 07/09/2023

We have an exciting new course on the 'Introduction to the Sociology of Islam' starting next week from 13th September 2023. Taught by Dr Laurens de Rooij, the course will be available to join LIVE at 8:00pm (BST) or access ON-DEMAND at your convenience.

Find out more or enrol now:

Level 1: Introduction to the Sociology of Islam - Level One As a registered charity, we charge course fees to cover our running costs. However, we aim to make our education accessible to as many people as possible and are therefore able to offer a 65% fee waiver. To make use of this fee waiver, please use the code AMI65 when purchasing your courses.

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Our Story

The Al-Mahdi Institute was established in 1993 with the objective of contributing to Muslim religious scholarship and learning, with particular emphasis on the Twelver Imāmī (Ithnāʿasharī) tradition, through engagement with both historical and contemporary discourses. The Institute’s activities are marked by its non-dogmatic, open philosophy, coupled with an attention to scholarly rigour. This facilitates the pursuit of excellence across a range of perspectives that are not necessarily confined to the theological and religious heritage of any particular tradition. The Al-Mahdi Institute seeks to explore the relationship of religious ideas to all dimensions of contemporary thought and culture in a spirit whereby the human face of Islam, epitomised in the teachings of the Prophet Muḥammad and his impeccable progeny, can inform the holistic development of all individuals and societies.

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