After organizing wonderful tours in the recent years, Hikmat International Institute is pleased to announce that the next “Learning Tour of Iran” will be held in April 2020 for professors, students, and anyone who is interested to see Iran’s most important tourist attractions and learn more about the beauty, culture, religions and history of that great and historical land. There will also be friendly meetings and discussions with academics, religious leaders, scholars etc. The tour will be held with high standards and is an amazing opportunity. The group will include 15 to 20 participants.
Morteza Rezazadeh, founder and president of Hikmat International Institute will lead this learning tour. As a graduate of the Islamic Seminaries of Qom and Hartford Seminary in the United States, he is an expert in Religions; mainly Islamic and Shiite Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations. As a professor of Islamic theology and jurisprudence, he is ideally equipped to introduce foreigners to the culture and religion of Iran.
Dr. Ed Martin, The former director of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Interfaith Engagement. Martin joined EMU from the American Friends Service Committee and a position as the Quaker International Affairs Representative for Iran, building connections between Iranian institutions and the United States, and providing resources for public education and advocacy regarding Iran in United States. He initiated Mennonite religious and academic community engagement with Iran in 1990 when he was the Mennonite Central Committee’s area program director for the Middle East and South Asia and has been involved with Iran ever since. He is a passionate peacemaker and has traveled to Iran many times and is a perfect guide to introduce Iran to the western audience. You can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Harry Huebner, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Theology at Canadian Mennonite University, in Winnipeg, Canada. He also serves as Director of International and Inter-Faith Theological Initiatives at CMU. He has been a participating member of the Mennonite-Shi’a dialogue since 2005. He has taught intensive courses in Christian ethics and theology at the International Institute of Islamic Studies and presented guest lectures at conferences in Qom, Iran. You can contact him at: email@example.com
Iran is a country with thousands of years of history and culture. Many people travel to Iran to learn more about this ancient land as well as seeing the modern Iran. Since several centuries ago, Shia Islam has been the formal religion of the country and today, about 90 percent of the Iranians are Shia Muslims.
Most of the political and cultural developments in Iran are tightly connected to or originated from Shiite Islamic teachings. So, it is important to be familiar with it in order to have a proper understanding of the Iranian culture and the state. In Qom, in addition to our regular visits of the sights including the beautiful Shrine of Lady Masumah and meetings with the scholars, you will have the chance to attend a lecture about Shiite Islam with Questions and answers.
The 6th Hikmat Learning Tour of Iran in April 2020 will coincide with Mid-Sha’ban, a holiday that Shia Muslims commemorate birthday of the twelfth Imam, al-Mahdi. According to Shiite beliefs, he is the promised savior, who will rise one day and fill the earth with peace and justice.
Every year, on fifteenth of Sha’ban, Shi’as celebrate the Imam’s birth. Celebrations of Sha’ban 15th with illuminations and decorations of streets are one of the biggest Shi’i festivals that are held at the occasion of Imam al-Mahdi’s birthday in Shiite areas. In Iran, many people gather in the Jamkaran Mosque, and in Iraq, people go to Karbala and visit Holy Shrine of Imam al-Husayn. Sha’ban 15th is an official holiday in Iran and is called the “World Day of the Impoverished”.
The doctrine of Mahdiism is one of the most influential beliefs in the Shiite belief system and has had a great impact on the Shia identity and thought. It has also had a significant role in the social and political developments such as the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
In addition to all the visits of the tourist sights, the Hikmat Learning Tour of Iran will include three academic workshops. These lectures are designed to provide participants with the practical knowledge that is required to understand contemporary Iran in terms of culture, politics, art, history, religion, etc.
The workshops titles are:
- Shi’ism: Doctrines and Rituals
- Shi’ism and Politics in Contemporary Iran
- An Introduction to the Doctrine of Mahdiism
If you are interested in learning more about Shia Islam, Iranian Culture, experience Persian food and see Iran’s most important tourist attractions, don’t miss this chance!
April 4 -20, 2020
Our itinerary will include time in Tehran, Qom, Kashan, Isfahan, Shiraz and Yazd.
Each person in single room: US$ 2500
Each person in double room: US$ 2100
Special Rate for Students:
US$ 1450(double room)
US$ 1900 (single room)
The Early Bird Discount is a US$ 100 discount reserved for participants who register before October 31.
Registration deadline is January 1, 2020.
The trip cost will cover all general expenses including:
- Accommodations in 4 or 5 star hotels
- Excursions and sightseeing (including all the entry tickets of the tourist spots and museums)
- In-country transportation
- Three meals a day
- Two Iranian guides
- Academic workshops
- AND MUCH MORE
*Cost does not include international airfare or visa fees.
* No payment is necessary upon registration. The cost can be paid to the organizers in person when you arrive in Iran.
To sign up please visit the Registration Form
For more details, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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