The Vision

 Creating a scientific generation that combines the authenticity of the past with the development of the present.

:The Mission

 The leadership in education and superiority in scientific research, to prepare capabilities and skills that meet the requirements of community development according to a moderate Islamic approach.

The Gaols:

  1. Commitment to applying quality standards and raising the level of university performance for the college’s members, administration, teachers, employees, and students.
  2. Work to employ the efforts of teaching staff and develop them for the purpose of improving the educational process, according to the requirements of the times.
  3. Graduating qualified students with scientific competencies capable of keeping pace with scientific progress and cultural development in accordance with Islamic values linked to the fundamental aspect of knowledge.
  4. Supporting scientific research and contributing to enriching the Islamic and Humanitarian Library with solid research and studies.
  5. Forming distinguished partnerships with educational institutions internally and externally, to achieve growth and scientific development for the college in light of the exchange of experiences and skills in various fields.
  6. Contributing to community service, encouraging distinguished humanitarian initiatives, developing volunteer work and strengthening ties between the college and society.
  • Al-Imam Al-Adham University College stands as a revered institution rooted in rich historical foundations yet equipped with a contemporary outlook. It proudly reaffirms its leading position in nurturing students of Islamic sciences across Iraq and beyond within the Islamic world.
  • The school of Imam Abu Hanifa was established in 459 AH (1067 AD), as the inaugural and expansive educational establishment in Iraq, it drew scholars and students from across the Islamic world during its inception. Over the centuries, this school has remained steadfast in its scholarly contributions, maintaining its prominent position in the academic landscape.
  • Before the First World War, the planning for Al-Imam Al-Adham University College, known as “Al adhamiya College,” was opened. It was inaugurated on Friday, 28 Jumada al-Awwal 1329 AH, corresponding to 16 May 1911 CE, and academic activities commenced until the outbreak of the war. In 1923 CE, the government at that time issued an order to reorganize the “Grand College” and made it a part of the Department of Religious Endowments (Diwan al-Awqaf). It became the largest school in Iraq and gained widespread fame among higher education institutions. In 1923, the government issued an order time, in according with the College returned to be a part of the Diwan Al-Awqaf (Religious Endowments). Thus, it became the largest school in Iraq and gained widespread fame among higher educational institutions.
  • In 1967 AD, Law No. 38 was issued, according to which (Al-Imam Al-Adham College) was established again, and it is affiliated with the Endowments, so that it can resume its work. Then changes took place. In 1974 AD, a decision was issued to abolish private education, considering the Endowments to be a private entity, so this college was nationalized and attached directly to the Ministry of Higher Education.
  • With the enactment of Law No. 98 of 1985 AD, the establishment of the Higher Islamic Institute for the Preparation of Imams and Preachers was mandated. This institute, affiliated with the Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs, found its home in the premises of Al-Imam Al-Adham College, adjacent to the Imam Abu Hanifa Mosque. This development heralded a renewed sense of hope for the college to reclaim its historical mission in advancing Islamic scholarship.
  • In 1997 AD, the issue was resolved through the enactment of Law No. 19, which established an Islamic college in Baghdad under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs. This college was designated to prepare imams and preachers and was granted the authority to establish departments in various governorates. Article 21 of the aforementioned law specified that the regulations of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, as well as the University Service Law, would apply unless explicitly stated otherwise.
  • In 2003 AD, the faculty convened and made the decision to revert to its original name, Al-Imam Al-Adham College. This move aimed to restore the distinguished scholarly legacy of this institution in serving Islam and scholars in Iraq, a land rich with ancient civilizations.
  • The college program spans four years, leading to the attainment of a bachelor’s degree in Islamic sciences. This qualification enables graduates to pursue careers in Islamic preaching, imamate, public speaking, and teaching in religious and public secondary schools.
  • The college aims to prepare imams, preachers, and teachers specialized in the fields of Islamic preaching, rhetoric, and the sciences of the Qur’an, Hadith, and recitation in a manner consistent with the goals of the true Islamic religion, far from fanaticism, extremism, sectarianism, and sectarianism, which consolidates faith in souls and modifies behavior. أعلى النموذج


  • The college opened a department for postgraduate studies (master’s degree) in the Department of Advocacy and Oratory at the college began in the academic year 1998-1999, pursuant to Ministerial Order No. 2896 dated 29/6/1998. Similarly, the study of a Ph.D. in the specialization of Dawah and Oratory commenced in the academic year 2001-2002, based on Ministerial official letter No. 2591 dated 19/7/2001. Additionally, the master’s degree program in the Department of Jurisprudence and its Foundations started in the academic year 2006-2007, according to the third meeting of the college council on 13/1/1427 AH, corresponding to 12/2/2006 AD.
  • The college grants master’s and Ph.D. degrees in its departments in Baghdad. it accepts graduates from Islamic, religious, and academic preparatory schools, both scientific and literary branches.
  • Applications to study at the college began according to the plan decided by the college council and the presidency of the Sunni Endowment Office. The college includes the following departments in Baghdad and its branches in the governorates:

  1. Advocacy, Oratory, and Thought Department.
  2. Jurisprudence and its Assets Department.
  3. Fundamentals of Religion – Boys Dept.
  4. Fundamentals of Religion – Girls Dept.
  5. Arabic Language Department.
  6. Quran Sciences Department.
  7. Islamic Studies in English Language Dept.
  8. History and Islamic Civilization Dept.
  9. Law Department.
  10. Islamic Finance and Banking Dept.
  11. Computer Science Department.

The logo of the Great Imam College symbolizes the eight-pointed star with the college gate in the middle, similar to the entrances to Islamic schools in the prosperous eras. It was colored in the golden color emanating from the light and glow of Islam, in which Baghdad was the home of the Great Imam Abu Hanifa al-Numan and its splendor for successive ages of centuries, years and days, and it will extend, God willing, as a shining star guiding those who walk to the heights of glory.

Within the framework of the eight-pointed star at the top, the Holy Qur’anic verse was written in Arabic Kufic script. ((And We made of them imams who guided by Our command when they were patient and had certain faith in Our signs)) Al-Sajdah (24) is an expression of the college’s mission and its approach to graduating preachers to God Almighty who point to the path of truth and the happiness of creation through patience, faith, and certainty of empowerment for Muslims. At the bottom is the phrase “Al-Imam Al-A’zam (May God have mercy on him) University College,” referring to the name of the college.

The college flag consists of a white rectangular area as an expression of the interest of the Holy Qur’an and Muslims in this color and the purity it symbolizes. The flag was mediated by the college’s logo in adherence to this college’s connection to the nation’s heritage and its contribution to building its present and future.

College statistics
College departments in the governorates
Samarra: Department of Fundamentals of Religion – Department of Jurisprudence and its Fundamentals – Department of Arabic Language – Department of Fundamentals of Religion in Dhuluiya.
Anbar: Department of Fundamentals of Religion in the Governorate Center – Department of Fundamentals of Religion in Fallujah – Department of Fundamentals of Religion in Anah – Department of Da’wah and Public Speaking – Department of Arabic Language.
Basra: Department of Da’wah and Public Speaking – Department of Arabic Language.
Nineveh: Department of Fundamentals of Religion – Department of Arabic Language.
Kirkuk: Department of Fundamentals of Religion / Altun Kupri – Department of Da’wah and Public Speaking – Department of Jurisprudence and its Principles.
Diyala: Department of Fundamentals of Religion – Department of Jurisprudence and its Principles / Jalawla.
Number of departments in the college: eleven departments in Baghdad
Department of Fundamentals of Religion – Boys.
Department of Fundamentals of Religion – Girls.
Department of Advocacy and Public Speaking
Department of Jurisprudence and its Principles.
Department of Qur’anic Sciences.
the department of Arabic language.
law Department.
Department of History and Islamic Civilization.
Department of Islamic Studies in English.
Department of Islamic Finance and Banking.
Department of Computer Science.

Number of centers in the college: 3 centers

English Language and Translation Center
Center for Continuing Education
Computer center
Classes that graduated from college.

Year 2016-2017: 2040 morning study 1186 – evening study 298
Year 2017-2018: 1700
Year 2018-2019: 1670
Foreign students accepted into the college

Number of foreign students for the year 2017-2018: (3 female students) from Indonesia
Number of foreign students for the year 2020-2021: (1 female) from Iran
Number of foreign students for the year 2023-2024: (1 student) from Ghana