Book Launch: Chronicles of the Martyrdom of Imam Husayn

The Islamic College invites you to the book launch of Chronicles of the Martyrdom of Imam Husayn, a comprehensive, reliable, narration-based account of Karbala. This book is a translation of the Shahadat Namih‑yi Imam Husayn (a), an abridged edition of a multiple award-winning encyclopaedia on the Imam’s life .
Date: Monday, 5 October 2020
Time: 7:30-9:00 PM GMT (London time) / 2:30-4:00 PM EST
Dr Mohammed Ali Ismail (Host), Head of ICAS Press
Dr Isa Jahangir, Principal of The Islamic College
Seyed Hashem Moosavi, Director of the Islamic Centre of England
Shaykh Abbas Jaffer, Translator of the book
Dr Amina Inloes, ICAS Press

There will also be a special video message from the author of the original work and Head of the Dar al-Hadith Institute, Ayatollah Muhammad Muhammadi Rayshahri.

CALL FOR PAPERS – The Sixth Annual Conference on Shi‘i Studies

The Sixth International Conference on Shi’i Studies 2020

Date: 18th – 19th April 2020
Location: The Islamic College, London, UK

The Islamic College invites scholars to submit abstracts for its sixth annual conference specialising in the field of Shi‘i studies. This conference will provide a broad platform for scholars of Shi‘i studies to present their latest research. Papers are welcome on any aspect of Shi‘i studies. Topics include:

  • Theology
  • Philosophy and mysticism
  • Law and jurisprudence
  • Histor y
  • Qur’an and hadith
  • Anthropological studies
  • Shi‘i minorities
  • Inter-religious, cross-disciplinary, or comparative studies
  • Shi‘i sects
  • Authority in Shi‘i thought
  • Hawzah studies and/or Shi‘i studies in university • Shi‘ism in art


More information about the topics and abstract submission details can be found on the main conference page.

Video Highlights from The Third International Conference on Shi’i Studies

Milad al-Nabi Event

The Islamic College cordially invites you to join us for our annual Milad-al -Nabi celebration to mark the birth anniversary of Muhammad (s).  This joyous occasion cherished by Muslims worldwide provides us with the opportunity to stop and reflect on the life and legacy of our blessed Prophet as a revered symbol of Islamic piety and devotion, and bask in the light of his graceful personality. This noble, fully realized human being, a teacher of mankind and a mercy to the whole world is an integral focus point of devotion, admiration and love but also a source of solace, inspiration and fountainhead of unity for the Muslims all over the world.

Every year the Islamic College selects a thematic focus for the celebration, be it one of the Prophets noble character traits, his unique place in the hearts of Muslims, exemplary life he led or the astonishing legacy he left us with. This year we have decided to focus on the concept of Prophet Muhammad as the unifier of hearts.

We hope that you will grant us the pleasure of your company and join us for an evening of joyous celebration, reflective scholarly sessions, Qur’anic recitations, Nasheeds and student-led Quiz as we celebrate the life of Allah’s Beloved – Muhammad His Servant, His Prophet and His Messenger.

The event will be held at The Islamic College, 133 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2SW on Wednesday 20th November 2019 at 6 pm

ICAS PRESS LATEST PUBLICATION – Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence for Beginners is an English translation of al-Mujaz fi Usul al-Fiqh. The science of usul al-fiqh (principles of jurisprudence) discusses the fundamental rules for deriving Islamic laws from reliable sources. This primer on the subject deals with the most important topics of usul al-fiqh in a succinct and clear manner.


Building on classical works of past scholars, the author provides students with insights into the development of the subject and demystifies the complex, jargon-laden subject of the derivation of Islamic law. This succinct, clear manual explains the fundamentals of this subject and is suitable for academic research, as an introductory course in the traditional Islamic seminary system, or as a companion work to more complex texts. The use of practical examples enables the reader to better understand the issues discussed and opens up avenues for further research. Helpful annotations from the translator make the work even more accessible to the English-language reader.

Ayatollah Ja‘far Subhani (b. 1929) is a high-ranking Shi‘i scholar (marja‘), theologian, jurisprudent, Qur’anic exegete, and a distinguished teacher at the Hawzah of Qum. His thematic approach to the exegesis of the Qur’an is reflected in his Manshur-i Jawid (The Eternal Charter, 14 vols.) and Mafahim al-Qur’an (The Concepts of the Qur’an, 7 vols.), among others. A prolific author, he has written many books on a wide array of subjects, including theology, Islamic sects, heresiography (al-milal wa al-nihal), hadith transmission authorities, contextual analytical study of hadith (dirayah), principles of hadith, philosophy, principles of jurisprudence, jurisprudence, history, fundamentals of belief (‘aqa’id), and biographies of Shi‘i luminaries. He has edited 12 classical sources written before the thirteenth century AD.

Author: Ayatollah Ja‘far Subhani

Cover: Paperback

You can order your copy here or by emailing

The Holy Prophet Series: A Short Course on the Holy Prophet

The Islamic College is pleased to announce that coinciding with the upcoming anniversary of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday in the month of Rabi Al Awwal

it will offer a series of lectures on Friday nights on the life and teachings of the Seal of Prophethood.

Here are the titles of the lectures to be delivered at the College:

Finality of the Prophethood from the Perspectives of Muhammad Iqbal, Murtada Mutahhari and Ali Shari’ati

A Critique of Abdokarim Soroush’s View on Revelation (Prophetic Dream)

The Prophet in The Eyes of Westerners From The Early Middle Age Until Now

Socio-Political Sira of Prophet Muhammad (sawa) and It Relevance to Modern Life

Registration is mandatory


ICAS PRESS LATEST PUBLICATION – Understanding Islamic Sciences

‘An interesting and wide-ranging text, displaying the clarity of a major modern Islamic thinker and his approach to Islamic sciences.’ Oliver Leaman, Professor of Philosophy, University of Kentucky

Understanding Islamic Sciences provides an informative introduction to six major disciplines in Islamic studies: theology, mysticism, principles of jurisprudence, jurisprudence, philosophy, and logic. It is a user-friendly guide for readers wishing to know more about Islam’s intellectual heritage but who are averse to the scholastic language and style of technical books on the subject. The work is also an ideal textbook for introductory courses in Islamic Studies.

Each chapter is dedicated to one of the aforementioned Islamic sciences and includes a survey of the historical development of the discipline, biographies of scholars who have made significant contributions to the subject, and explanations of the most important concepts and issues discussed in each discipline. This second edition has been extensively revised and contains a new chapter on logic, a glossary of technical terms, and four indices.


Ayatollah Murtada Mutahhari (1920-1979) was an accomplished scholar of Islamic sciences and is credited with nearly ninety works on a broad range of subjects. He is considered to be one of the leading thinkers of the global Islamic movement in the twentieth century. As a disciple of Ayatollah Khomeini, his ideas played a pivotal role in forming the modern Islamic discourse which served as the foundation of the 1979 Islamic revolution. His views also helped develop an intellectual approach to Islamic teaching and learning in which values such as critical and rational thinking, moral integrity, and freedom of thought and expression are given the utmost prominence.


Author: Ayatollah Murtada Mutahhri

Cover: Paperback

You can order your copy here or by emailing

Presenting a paper by one of the DE students of the Islamic College at American Academy of Religion annual conference

Dr. Tim Orr, a MA Islamic Studies student at the Islamic College and an Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus, will present a paper entitled “The Quran’s Composition: Assessing Andrew Bannister’s Oral Formulaic Study of the Quran” at the American Academy of Religion annual conference in November 2019. The American Academy of Religion is one of the largest association of religious studies scholars in the United States, having over 8,000 members worldwide.