Hartford Seminary

Vote for Hartford Seminary in the Connecticut Treasures contest!
Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 -hARTsem DAYS: Celebrate the Arts and Spirituality at Hartford Seminary

Fundraising Goal Reached for Imam Ali Chair for Shi段 Studies and Dialogue Among Islamic Legal Schools


Hartford Seminary is proud to announce that it has raised $1.5 million to establish the Imam Ali Chair for the Study of Shi段 Islam and Dialogue Among Islamic Legal Schools. It is believed to be the first chair devoted to Shi’i studies in North America.

Sayed Ammar Nakhjavani , a prominent Shi段 scholar named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in 2015, has been appointed as the first occupant of the chair.

The chair has been established for two primary purposes:

  • To establish a voice in the academy for Shi段 Islam
  • To encourage dialogue among the diverse Islamic legal schools, including Shi段 and Sunni

典he chair is meant to make a real contribution to Islamic unity, said Dr. Mahmoud Ayoub, a Hartford Seminary faculty associate and well-known Muslim scholar who has been instrumental in establishing the chair.

的 see Hartford Seminary as an important platform for varieties of Christian and Muslim expressions, he said.

In the Shi段 tradition, Imam Ali, for whom the chair is named, is especially revered. Though about 85 percent of the world痴 Muslims are Sunni, Shi段 Islam is the majority in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and several other countries. Hartford Seminary believes that effective, contemporary interfaith religious understanding and leadership must include both Shi段 and Sunni traditions within Islam.

Hartford Seminary is honored to have Dr. Nakhjavani, known worldwide as a British Iraqi Islamic historian, lecturer and author, as the Imam Ali Faculty Associate in Shi段 Studies and Dialogue among Islamic Legal Schools.

Dr. Nakhjavani 痴 books include Hujr Ibn Adi: A Victim of Terror; Islam: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity; Ramadan Sermons: A Compilation of Speeches and Lectures; The Fourteen Infallibles: A Compilation of Speeches and Lectures; and The Ten Granted Paradise.

A celebration to inaugurate the Imam Ali Chair will be held at Hartford Seminary on Jan. 22. Additional contributions to the chair are welcome. Please contact our Development Office at 860-509-9520 or giving@hartsem.edu.


Join our mailing list!

Keep up with all the latest happenings at Hartford Seminary

Sign-up now ›