he Shīʿah Institute is located in the heart of Bloomsbury, London’s traditional academic and publishing hub, a short walk from the British Museum, the School of Oriental and African Studies, Senate House, University College London, the Warburg Institute, and the British Library, as well as many of the world’s most renowned publishing houses.
The Institute houses a growing team of researchers, editors, and administrators who are working alongside our scholars to bring the Shīʿah Institute’s work to fruition. The offices also accommodate the Shīʿah Institute Press and a comprehensive private library of philosophical, literary, and religious works related to Shīʿah Islam.
Sayyid Amjad H. Shah Naqavi holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, specialising in the concept of consensus (ijmāʿ) in Imāmī Shīʿī jurisprudence (uṣūl al-fiqh) as it has developed over the last millennium. He has taught Islamic jurisprudence at the University of Bristol and the University of London and given lectures in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. His research and writings focus on primary Shīʿī sources of classical and modern Arabic literature, early Islamic history, jurisprudence from the Mediaeval to the Modern period, and philosophy (ḥikmah) and gnosis (ʿirfān). He is currently engaged with multiple projects including the study and translation of the Nahj al-Balāghah. His publications include: an introduction to and translation of The Mystery of Prayer by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (Leiden, 2015); an introduction, translation, and Arabic critical edition of the Foundations of Jurisprudence: An Introduction to Imāmī Shīʿī Legal Theory by al-ʿAllāmah al-Ḥillī (Leiden, 2016); an Arabic introduction to and critical edition of Mabādiʾ al-wuṣūl ilā ʿilm al-uṣūl (London, 2016); and an English adaptation of The Call of the Free by Riḍa al-Khafājī (London, 2016).
Head of Education
Saiyad Nizamuddin Ahmad holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from Princeton University and is Reader in Shīʿah Studies at the Shīʿah Institute. He has held academic positions at the American University in Cairo, the University of Texas at Austin, the American University of Sharjah, and the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation in Kuala Lumpur. He has contributed articles to the Journal of Arabic Literature, Oriento Moderno, and Al-Shajarah: Journal of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization. He is the author of Fatwas of Condemnation: Islam and the Limits of Dissent (Kuala Lumpur: 2006), as well as having produced critical editions of Muhyi al-Din Ibn al-ʿArabī’s Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam and Naqsh al-Fusus, based on the earliest original Arabic manuscripts, both published together in Cairo, 2015.
Head of Research
Sayyid Sajjad Hayder Rizvi holds a PhD in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge, and is an Associate Professor of Islamic Intellectual History and Director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. An intellectual historian trained at Christ Church, Oxford and Pembroke College, Cambridge, he wrote his doctoral dissertation on the metaphysics of Mullā Ṣadrā Shīrāzī. His research specialises in Islamic, and especially Shīʿī, thought in the East after c. 900/1500, and focusses on philosophy in Iran and North India. He is the author of Mullā Ṣadrā Shīrāzī (Oxford, 2007), Mullā Ṣadrā and Metaphysics (London, 2009), and, with Feras Hamza, An Anthology of Qur’anic Commentaries Volume I: On the Nature of God (Oxford, 2009). His other academic interests lie in the fields of Qurʾānic hermeneutics and contemporary trends of Islamic thought in Iran and the Subcontinent.
Keeper of the Archives
Mohammad Amir Ahmad Khan holds a PhD in South Asian History from the University of Cambridge. He is the Keeper of the Archives at the Shīʿah Institute and was previously a Research Associate, becoming a Fellow in 2015. He is currently Assistant Professor of Political Science and History at Ashoka University in Haryana, India. His research interests focus on Shīʿah–Sunni polemics in the subcontinent.
Aun Kazemi is the Shīʿah Institute’s Registrary, prior to which he was Administrator and Research Assistant at the Institute working on classical and modern Arabic texts. He holds a BA in Arabic and the Study of Religions from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
George and Mohammed constitute the Shīʿah Institute’s specialist in-house editorial, production, and design team, working together in close collaboration with the various associates of the Institute to produce its numerous publication series and help bring projects to fruition.