Partnership Agreement with SOAS

The Shīʿah Institute is proud to announce its partnership with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in providing financial support for a new module in the department of the Study of Religions entitled ‘Shi‘a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity’. This module, available from the commencement of the 2015–2016 academic year, will introduce undergraduate students to the origins, developments, and historical manifestations of Shīʿah Islam, as well as exploring the contemporary outlook of Shīʿah Muslim communities across the world.

Dr Sayyid Amjad H. Shah Naqavi, Dean of the Shīʿah Institute attended a ceremony on Monday 29 June 2015 to sign the partnership agreement between SOAS and the Shīʿah Institute.

Head of the Department of the Study of Religions, Dr Erica Hunter said: ‘I am thrilled that this new course on Shīʿah Islam will be offered within the Department. The course will enable students to broaden their appreciation and understanding of Islam and explore the considerable important and rich contributions that Shīʿism has made over the centuries to this world religion.’

Sayyid Amjad H. Shah Naqavi, Dean of the Shīʿah Institute, said: ‘We are delighted and honoured to be in partnership with SOAS in offering this module. The Shīʿah Institute believes that there is no greater nurturer of knowledge and empathy in people than a good higher education in the humanities. If our ignorance is our only enemy, then teaching and learning have a unique role in dispelling that ignorance and nurturing a more harmonious world.’

For more information on our partnership, visit the SOAS website.

Dr Sayyid Amjad H. Shah Naqavi signing the partnership agreement