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Shi’a Islam, with its rich and extensive history, has played a crucial role in the evolution of Islam as both a major faith and a civilization. Shi’a Muslims account for approximately 15 percent of the total Muslim population in the world; Shi’ism has the greatest influence in the contemporary world in Iran where nearly 90 percent of Muslims are Shi’as.

The Shi’a Intensive Course endeavors to enhance scholarly attention to Shi’a Islam and offer an original and insightful understanding of its history, doctrines and practices. Combining the classical Shi’ite thought and the current political, social, and religious concerns of Shi’ite society in Iran, the Shi’a Intensive Course aims to offer scholarly Shi’ite perspectives on contemporary issues that affect Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

The Shiʿa Intensive Course gives you the chance to develop your skills and knowledge, expand your international experience, and study unique and interesting subjects focusing on Shi’ism, Islam and Iran. The course provides 32 hours of 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.

Taking part in URD’s Shiʿa Intensive Course is the perfect way to broaden your academic and cultural horizons at a leading Iranian 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 provides plenty of opportunity to explore Shi’a 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 pre-planned workshops and lectures presented in English, and a special certificate will be awarded to each participant upon successful completion and meeting program requirements.