Al-Mahdi Institute : Education & Research

Four Year Hawza Programme

The Al-Mahdi Institute’s Hawza Programme is an intensive and modified version of the Hawza programme that is taught in the traditional Muslim educational centers of Qum and Najaf. The Hawza Programme offers students a thorough grounding in reading, analysing and contextualising classical Arabic texts, with a great emphasis placed on the use of modern theories in the study of religion, theology and language. Furthermore, unlike other centers of Muslim learning, this curriculum is delivered entirely in English and Arabic.

The central goals of the Hawza Programme are two-fold. Firstly, it aims to produce innovative thinkers who are capable of contributing to Muslim thought through engagement with Ulama and Traditional centers of Muslim learning, as exemplified in the Hawza’s and Madaris of Qum, Najaf, Medina, Cairo, and national and international centers of academia. Secondly, it aims to continue to produce traditionally grounded and conscientious scholars who are capable of informing media, governmental and non-governmental institutions, and grass-roots communities by portraying and advancing the human face of Islam through the teachings of Prophet Muhammad and his impeccable progeny.

As an added bonus, starting September 2018, students who successfully complete the first three years of the Hawza Programme will now have the opportunity to obtain a Postgraduate Masters degree in Islamic Studies awarded by and studied at the University of Birmingham (UoB), in the final year of the Hawza Programme. Find out more here.

The Institute provides various options for students to access the Hawza Programme. Applicants can choose to study the modules in-house, where they can also apply for a scholarship to contribute towards their tuition fees & on-campus accommodation. Alternatively, applicants can opt to join as a virtual student, and receive access to the diverse range of modules offered during the first three years of the Hawza Programme online, at any time and from any location around the world.