The International Intensive Academic Course on Shi’i Theology 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 Theology. This is the most comprehensive course you can find online about Shi’i Theology as there will be 19 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.
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.
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!
- Dr. Shahriar Shojaeepour: Early Islam to the End of Safavid Period
- Dr. Alessandro Cancian: Modern Shi’i Theology (Qajars and after)
- Dr. Mahmoud Nazari: Doctrine of God
- Dr. Saiyad Nizamuddin Ahmad al-Husayni: Knowledge of God
- Dr. Hamed Fayazi: Attributes of God
- Dr. Hasan Doagoo: Adalah (Justice)
- Dr. Ammar Nakshawani: Prophethood
- Dr. Seyed Amir Akrami: The Quran and Revelation
- Dr. Morteza Rezazadeh: Arguments of Imamate
- Dr. Mahdi Rastifar: Messianism
- Dr. Sajjad Rizvi: Wilayah and its Scope
- Dr. Vinay Khetia: Devotion and Encounter with the Imam
- Dr. Rebecca Masterton: Afterlife
- Dr. Yusuf Daneshvar: Religion and Reason
- Dr. Muhammad Legenhausen: Pluralism
- Dr. Mohsen Javadi: Religion and Ethics
- Dr. Rasoul Naghavi: Religion and Science
- Dr. Mohammad Ali Shomali: Relations with Non-Muslims
- Dr. Amina Inloes: Gender and Race