Al-Mahdi Institute : Education & Research

Previous Awards

Mr A Weir is currently at Oxford University, completing his doctorate in History and Theology. The title of his thesis is ‘Prophetic Knowledge in the English Enlightenment, 1688 - 1714’. The thesis addresses how knowledge generated by Enlightenment trends and thinkers subsumed knowledge passed by God to humanity via His prophets. He has gained a first class degree in Theology from the University of Birmingham before winning an AHRC scholarship to the University of Warwick. At Warwick he read for a MA in History with a focus on the European Enlightenment and the History of Medicine, subsequently gaining a distinction. This lead to his current AHRC scholarship at Oxford University. To view an abstract please click here 



Mr Ghulam A Hossaini is currently working on his dissertation entitled 'Effects of the Rising of Safavid Dynasty on the Shī‘a-Sunnī Relations in Herat'. He was born in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan, but went to school and graduated in 1996 in Mashhad. He then moved to Qom and attended the Jami‘at al-Mustafa at Qom, where he received a BA in Religions and Islamic Sects, and his MA in Islamic Sects. Later he attended the Ahl al-Bayt University in Tehran, where he received a second MA in History of Shi’ite Islam. His dissertation in Jami‘at al-Mustafa was published in 2008. He then started a PhD in Islamic Studies at the University of Goettingen, Germany. To view an abstract please click here 






Mr Aun Hassan Ali studied Religion and Philosophy and graduated with highest honors from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He later studied Arabic at the Yemen Language Center in Sanaa and achieved an MA at McGill University’s Institute of Islamic Studies. He worked as an Educational Program Director for Children of Abraham, and taught Islam and Arabic at Saint Francis College in New York. He later returned to the Institute to complete his Doctorate. He also received the State of Kuwait Graduate Prize in Islamic Studies and the Imam Ali Fellowship in Traditional Islamic Sciences.  Mr Aun Hassan Ali's thesis titled "The school of Hillah: a bibliographical study of Twelver Shi'i scholars in the late Abbasid and Ilkhanid periods" awarded him the 2014 Doctoral completion grant.



The Doctoral Completion grant worth up to £2500 is an open competition inviting non-AMI doctoral students who are within one year of submission of their PhD dissertations to apply. Any researchers who have the potential to impact mainstream academia and whose projects reflect and positively contribute to the research aims of the Institute will be considered for the support needed to assist in the completion of their projects. 

The deadline for the applications for the next award is the 30th March 2017. For more information on how to apply for the Doctoral Completion Grant, click here