International Intensive Academic Course on Shi’i Studies

July 12 to 31, 2021

Shi’i Studies



3 Weeks

Academic Certificate

Online Summer School

Hikmat International Institute, an independent educational institute, in association with Ahl-ul-Bait University and Ferdowsi University, is pleased to announce that it will be organizing an intensive academic course on Shiʿi Studies from July 12 to 31, 2021. The course will be offered online on the Zoom platform and English will be the language of the instruction.


Hikmat International Institute
in association with Ahl-ul-Bait University and Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

About Shi’i Islam

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.

Shi’i Islam as the second largest group in the 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’i Islam 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 will cover the history, key doctrines, branches, rituals and practices, spiritual teachings as well as political thought of Shi’i Islam. It will mainly focus on the Twelver Shi’i tradition, to which the majority of the Shia belong today. This is a university-level course and is designed mainly for students and academics who wish to enhance their understanding of Shi’i Islam. This is the most comprehensive course you can find online about Shi’i Islam as there will be 18 sessions to cover a wide variety of different aspects of this important faith tradition. Instructors are among the best academics in these fields. Each session will be 2 to 3 hours based on the plan of the instructor to be made up of activities and delivery as they see fit.

Below you can find the names of the professors and the topics that will be covered during the program.

Target group

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!


The course will be offered online on the Zoom platform

General info
Subject Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
Language of instruction English
Length 3 weeks
Contact hours 54
Certificate Academic

Important Dates
Registration Start April 10, 2021
Early Bird Discount May 8, 2021
Registration Deadline June 15
Course Start July 12, 2021
Course End July 31, 2021

Titles, Lecturers and Dates

(Click on the names of the professors to see their profiles)

Monday, July 12, 2021

The Origins and Growth of Shiʿi Islam


Professor of Religion, Columbia University

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Sources of Shiʿi Thought


Georgetown University

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Doctrine of Imamate


The Shi’ah Institute, London

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Twelve Imams: Life, Times, and Context


Professor of Islamic Studies, Hartford Seminary

Friday, July 16, 2021

Doctrine of Mahdi and the Occultation




Saturday, July 17, 2021

Different Shiʿi Traditions




Monday, July 19, 2021

Ethical Teachings of Ahl al-Bayt


Lecturer at the Islamic Seminary of Qom

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Shiʿi Devotions

Dr Vinay Khetia

PhD on ‘History and Philosophy of Shi’i devotional literature’, McMaster University

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Spirituality and Mysticism (ʿIrfān) in Shiʿi Islam


Senior Research Associate, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Intellectual Traditions in Shiʿi Islam


Associate Professor of Islamic Intellectual History and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

Friday, July 23, 2021

The Safavid Shiʿi Tradition


Professor of Islamic History, McGill University

Monday, July 12, 2021

Shiʿi Religious Authority, Ijtihād and Fatwā


Morteza Rezazadeh

Lecturer at the Islamic Seminary of Qom

Monday, July 26, 2021

Contemporary Shiʿi Islam (Session 1: Political Thought in Shiʿi Islam)


Professor of Political Sciences, Mofid University

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Contemporary Shiʿi Islam (Session 2: Shiʿi Islam and Contemporary Iran)


Associate Professor at Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Contemporary Shiʿi Islam (Session 3: Global Shiʿism)


Professor of Religion, McMaster University

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Shiʿi Seminaries: Qom and Najaf


Adjunct Faculty at Bayan Claremont

Friday, July 30, 2021

Women in Shiʿi Islam


Lecturer at University of Vienna, Department of Near Eastern Studies

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Shiʿi Islam and the Religious Other


Professor of Philosophy, Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute

Cultural Tour of Iran


Hikmat International Institute holds an annual academic and cultural tour of Iran that makes a great opportunity for those who want to see the largest Shi’i country in the world and get more familiar with its history, religion, and see its wonderful sights. This also helps the participants experience the culture and customs of people of the country and see how people practice their faith in their everyday lives. During the tour, participants will visit some of the Iran’s most important tourist attractions in several cities including Isfahan, Shiraz and Tehran. The participants of the Shi’i Academic Course who wish to join the learning tour, can get a special discount, and register with 30% off the price of the tour. This is an exclusive offer that is only given to those who register and finish the Shi’i Studies course successfully.

You can find the details about the tour on this page.

Course Fee

Regular Price: $799

Discount price: $199
Use promotional code SH2021 to get the discount price (75% off)

Course Start

July 12, 2021

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