The Al-Mahdi Institute was established in 1993. The purpose of establishing it was the perceived need for an educational institute in the United Kingdom and Europe which would provide students with a structured degree course in the field of Arabic and Islamic sciences within a multi-cultural and pluralist society. There continues to be a rapid transformation and re-interpretation of religious traditions in contemporary society as a result of pluralism, and modernity. This creates an intellectual and cultural dichotomy within society between traditionalism and modernity regarding the interpretation and application of religious and cultural values. Al-Mahdi Institute aims at establishing a modus vivendi et operandi between the two approaches.