Shi’ah Advanced Seminary: Its phases, development and characteristics
By Ali H. Al-Hakim
The Islamic Jurisprudence Centre of A’ima Atthar
Ali Hussain Al-Hakim is a lecturer at the Islamic College – affiliated to the University of Middlesex, London. He is in charge of the Research Dep. at IJCA, London. Born in Baghdad/Iraq, he fled during the previous regime, completing his studies in emigre. He accomplished his theological studies, reaching the level of Ijtihad, at the Islamic Advanced Seminary of Qum.
This book originates from a presentation at an International Conference, which was entitled: ‘Knowledge 2005’ at the University of Bergen, Norway. The author has since added some supplementary elements that have accomplished his work about the history, phases and development of the Shi’ah Advanced Seminaries. The Islamic Jurisprudence Centre of A’ima Atthar (IJCA) was established in London due to the direct instruction by the late Grand Ayatollah M. Fazel Lankarani (may his soul rest in peace), and the centre has posthumously launched its activities under the guidance of his son in 2010. It provides the Muslim community with contemporary Islamic thought, practical Shari’ah Law answers and jurisprudential research. In addition, the centre runs various courses. The research is provided by affluent thinkers and the courses taught by adroit scholars living in London. The topics cover many theoretical as well as practical aspects of Islamic teachings produced in a comparative and thorough manner.