Shi’a Studies Course

Summer Intensive: August 21-29
University of Religions and Denominations (URD), Qom, Iran

Description
Shi’i Islam, with its rich and extensive history, has played a crucial role in the evolution of Islam as both a major world religion and civilization. Shi’a Muslims account for approximately 15 percent of the total Muslim population in the world. Shiism has the greatest influence in the contemporary world in Iran where nearly 90 percent of Muslims are Shiite.
The Shi’a Intensive Course endeavors to enhance scholarly attention to Shi’i Islam and offer an original and insightful understanding of its history, doctrines and practices. Combining the classical Shi’a thought and the current political, social, and religious concerns of Shi’a society in Iran, The Shi’a Intensive Course aims to offer an informed and scholarly Shi’a perspective on traditional and contemporary issues that affect Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Shi’a Intensive Course gives you the chance to develop your skills and knowledge, expand your international experience, and study unique and interesting subjects on Shiism and Iran. The course provides 32 hours of supported academic lectures and discussions per week, along with the chance to take part in reflective events and visits to make the best of your international experience.
Studying at URD Shi’a Intensive Course is the perfect way to broaden your academic and cultural horizons at an Iran-leading university and is a fantastic option to enjoy one of the world’s most unique cities. Our social programs let you experience the best of the city, while our class schedule gives plenty of opportunity to explore Shi’i Islam in Iran. You could even opt for an extra 4-day cultural tour to truly immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere that Iran has to offer.
The whole program is accredited by the University of Religions and Denominations. Participants will attend in pre-planned workshops and lectures presented in English, and a special certificate will be awarded to each participant upon the successful participation and meeting program requirements.