Summer Courses on Shi‘a Studies

Al-hikmah Institute of Al-Mustafa International University organizes a summer program for Shi‘a studies.

This program provides a common ground for introducing and discussing Shi‘a history, thoughts, beliefs, demography, Shi‘a governments, education system, branches and denominations, as well as ideological roots of Islamic revolution in Iran.

Qom has been the education center for Shi‘a theology and thoughts for more than 1000 years. Even today Qom stands the first main Shi‘a center in the Islamic world. Al-hikmah Institute of Al-Mustafa International University as being one of the most important universities of Qom will take advantage of best professors of its faculty members in different fields to educate the participants in this program. Additionally, this program will apply the professors and experts from different academic centers of this city to focus on critical dimension of Shi‘ism.

This program is intended for students and researchers who are interested in Islamic studies, Shi‘a studies, Iranian studies, eastern studies and Middle Eastern studies. It provides practical instruction and guidance not only for students, but also for anyone who wants to learn Islam and Shi‘a.

The program will include a sightseeing of the most important cities like Qom, Tehran, Isfahan, Kashan and Yazd for those who are interested.

Shi‘a; definitions and denominations

History of Shi‘a

Shi‘a hadith

Specialties of Shi‘a theology and Fiqh

Shi‘a governments during history

Shi‘a Imams; Identity and life

History of Shi‘a education (Hawza Elmiyah)

Theory of Wilayat Faqih and thoughts Imam Khomeini

Target group

The course is open for foreign people who hold or engage in Bachelor Degree or higher educational level. The course is highly recommended for advanced MA Students and PhD-Students in Religious Studies (Scientific Study of Religion), History of Religions, Islamic studies, Shi‘a Studies, Area Studies (Oriental Studies, Islamic Studies, East Asian Studies, Central Asian Studies, South Asian Studies, Iranian Studies), Theologies, Philosophy, Sociology of Religions.

Course aim
The aim of this course is to let the those who are interested in Islamic and Shi‘a studies to know it from its direct sources. This program tries to introduce Shi‘a faith and its ideology to the participants.
15 July – 25 July (additional days must be considered by applicants of optional tours)

Visiting the holly shrine of Fatima Ma’suma in Qom, Mosque of Jamkaran, The biggest library of manuscript of Shi‘a books, Qom Bazar. Meeting with some Shi‘a grand Ayatollah and scholars in Qom.


Tour of Tehran visiting places

Tour of Kashan visiting places

Tour of Isfahan visiting places

Tour of Yazd visiting places

The program (education + catering + accommodation at the Dorm) is free.

Transportation (airport pickup & leave, Tehran to Qom and back) 50 Euro

Accommodation at hotel 350 Euro (double bed. two people can pay 400 Euro and share the room)

Tour of Tehran (one day + entry costs) 35 Euro

More optional programs:

Tour of Kashan and Yazd (one night and two days) 150 Euro
Tour of Isfahan and Shiraz (three nights and four days) 300 Euro
Ziyarah of Mashhad (three nights and four days) 250 Euro

Summer Courses on Shi‘a Studies

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