Intensive Course on Shiite Studies
Plus Cultural Tour of Iran (optional)
Hikmat international institute as an independent educational institute is pleased to organize an international intensive academic course on Shi’i Studies in Qom which is the biggest center of Shi’i traditional studies in the world. In addition to the workshops there will also be friendly meetings and discussions with academics, religious leaders, scholars etc. (no time to get bored!)
Like all other major religions, Islam has been divided into several schools and denominations. The two main branches in Islam are Sunnism and Shi’ism. Sunni Muslims endorsed the historical caliphate, while Shi’i Muslims, supporters of ‘Ali, cousin and son in law of the Prophet and the fourth caliph, articulated their own distinctive doctrines. The Sunni-Shi’i schism is often framed as a dispute over the identity of the successor to Muhammad, whereas in reality, Sunni and Shi’i Muslims also differ on a number of seminal theological doctrines concerning the nature of God and legitimate political and religious authority.
Shiite Islam as the second largest group in Muslim world and as the largest religious community in several countries including Iran, Iraq, Bahrain and Lebanon has gained the attention of scholars of religion and researches more than anytime in the history. The Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979 and its huge national and international geopolitical outcomes was an important factor that caused many to realize the importance of having a deeper understanding of the religious undercurrents in the middle east in particular and in the world in general. Also, Shi’ism is known today as a distinctive and vibrant community of Muslims with a remarkable capacity for reinvention and adaptation, grounded in a unique theological interpretation of Islam.
About the Course
The International Intensive Academic Course on Shi’i Studies by Hikmat International Institute is designed mainly for academics who are interested to learn more about Shiims and it will be held from August 1 to 16 2020.
The course will include discussions on the history, key doctrines, branches, rituals and practices, spiritual teachings as well as political thought of Shiite Islam. It will mainly focus on Twelver Shi’ism, to which the majority of Shi’is belong today.
English is the language of the instruction. Below you can find main topics that will be covered during the program.
Titles, lecturers and dates
|The origins and growth of Shiism||August 2, 2020|
|Sources of Shi’i thought||Dr. Shomali||August 2, 2020|
|The doctrine of Imamate||Fayazi||August 3, 2020|
|The twelve imams, life and history||August 3, 2020|
|Doctrine of Mahdiism and occultation||August 3, 2020|
|Shiite branches||August 4, 2020|
|Shiite practices and rituals||Rezazadeh||August 4, 2020|
|Day Trip to Kashan August 5, 2020|
|Ethical teachings of Ahl-ul-Bayt||August 6, 2020|
|Shiite religious authority, Ijtihad and Fatwa||Rezazadeh||August 6, 2020|
|Spirituality in Shiism||August 7, 2020|
|Contemporary Shiism (two sessions)||Dr. Sayed Sadeq Haqiqat
Dr. Mohammad Samiei
|August 7, 2020|
|Major misunderstanding about Shiism||August 8, 2020|
Professors, researchers and university students in the field of religious studies, Islamic studies, political studies, history, regional studies and anyone else who is interested in the topic with a good command of English!
Accommodation and transportation
Accommodation will be in 4 star hotel near the course venue and is included in the price. Airport pick-up and drop-off, transportation to the course venue and all the other meetings and visits is also included.
For information on visa issuance, please visit the dedicated page.
Cultural Tour of Iran
The course will be complemented with an amazing opportunity for the participants to enjoy a one-week tour of Iran and become more familiar with the history and beauty of the country. This also help the participants experience the culture and customs of people of the country and see how people practice their faith in their everyday lives. Participation in the tour is optional.
During the tour you will visit some of the Iran’s most important tourist attractions in several cities including Isfahan, Shiraz and Tehran. You can find the detailed itinerary in the brochure.