Al-Mahdi Institute : Education & Research

Course Structure

The Hawza programme offered at Al-Mahdi Institute is taught over two semesters (17 weeks each) per year for four years. Semester One starts from September to February of each year and Semester Two starts from March to July of each year. The programme can be studied full-time over four years or part-time at a pace to suit you. 

FULL-TIME HAWZA PROGRAMME: 

The Full-time Hawza Programme is taught full-time over four years and is available to study in-house at the Institute, virtually on-line via Skype and virtually offline at any time and location. The programme comprises of two 17-week semesters each year, from September to February and from March to July. Students of the hawza programme need a total of 520 credits out of a total of 580 credits to graduate from the Hawza Programme. 

 

PART-TIME MODULAR HAWZA PROGRAMME: 

The Part-time Modular Hawza Programme allows students to choose a maximum of five modules of their choice per semester to study in-house at the institute, virtually online via Skype or virtually offline at any time and location around the world. 

NEW Part-time students can choose from a variety of entry-level modules identified by an asterisk (*) in the table below. Entry-level modules require students to have a basic ability to read Arabic. Students who wish to apply for non entry-level modules can do so by emailing  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with relevant certificates to show that they have the required qualifications to undertake their desired module.

EXISTING Part-time students must ensure they fulfill the Module Prerequisites of their chosen modules to gain entry on their modules of choice. 

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Below is the Hawza Programme Course Structure outlining the Modules taught over the four years. 

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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
THEINT* Introduction to Muslim theology & Shi'i belief 15 2
ULMQUR* Qur'anic Sciences (علوم القرآن) 30 2
HISONE* Pre-Islamic History and History of Prophet Mohammad 20 2
FIQINT* Introduction to Islamic Law 5 2
ARBONE* Arabic Level One 10 10
PHIINT* Introduction to Muslim Philosophy 10 2
    Total: 100 Total: 22

 

YEAR ONE - SEMESTER TWO (MARCH TO JULY)
Module Code Module Name Credits Units
ULMHAD* Hadith Sciences (علوم الحديث) 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

 

Modules marked with an asterisk (*) are Entry-level Modules which require students to be able to read basic Arabic. Students who wish to apply for non-entry level modules must contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A pre-assessment in Arabic Level 1 may be assigned to determine the students capability in Arabic Language and Grammar.

 

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 Kalam: 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

 

Other optional modules offered include;

Module Code Module Name Credits Units
ILMTAF Ilm al-Tafsir 10 2
QAWONE Qawaid al Fiqhiyya (i) 10 2
QAWTWO Qawaid al Fiqhiyya (ii) 10 2
ARBBL1 Balagha 10 2
ARBBL2 Balagha (ii) 10 2
PHILFQ Philosophy of Fiqh 10 2
ISLPLU Islam & Religious Pluralism 10 2
ISLINT Islam & International Law 10 2

 

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. 

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