Dr Syamsuddin Arif
Dr Syamsuddin Arif is Senior Lecturer at Darussalam University (UNIDA) Gontor Ponorogo Indonesia, and formerly Executive Director of INSISTS Jakarta (2015-2017), and Associate Professor in the Center for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation the University of Technology Malaysia (2012-2015). He has also taught at the International Islamic University Malaysia (2007-2012), and held visiting research fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, UK (2017-2018). He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) Kuala Lumpur, and has spent four years (2004-2007) at the Orientalisches Seminar, Johann Wolfgang-Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Germany.
Dr. Megawati Moris
Dr. Megawati Moris is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Usuluddin and Comparative Religion, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (KIRKHS), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). She teaches History of Islamic Philosophy, Philosophy and Theology in Islam, Islamic Ethics, Belief Systems and Ideologies and Tasawwuf and its Development.
She obtained her Diploma in Marketing (U.K) from Universiti Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam and her B.S. (Finance) and Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from California State University Fresno, Fresno, California, U.S.A. She also obtained her M.A. (Islamic Thought) from International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) and her PhD (Islamic Thought) from ISTAC- International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in 1998 and 2007 respectively.
Previously, she has worked as a marketing and finance executive at FELDA Marketing Corporation (FELMA) and after switching fields, she worked as a Research Fellow at ISTAC attached to its research and publications office (1997-2002).
She is the author of two books titled Mulla Ṣadra’s Doctrine of the Primacy of Existence (Asalat al-wujud) published by ISTAC, IIUM in 2003 and Al-Ghazzali’s Influence on Malay Thinkers: A Study of Shaykh ‘Abd al-Samad al-Palimbani published by Islamic and Strategic Studies Institute (ISSI) in 2016. She contributed an article titled, “Secular Humanism and the Islamic Conception of Human Being (insan)” in the book, Islamic Ethics and Character Building (Ed. Fatimah Abdullah) in 2014. She has also published several articles on Sufism and Philosophy in academic journals.
She has presented papers in her research areas which include Islam in the Malay world, Malay Manuscripts, Sufism and Islam and Modernism locally and at international seminars in Tehran and Brunei Darussalam. She spent part of her sabbatical leave in 2012 at the George Washington University, Washington D.C.
She has also taught as a part time lecturer for IIUM Centre for Continuing Education (ICCE) at PERGAS, Singapore. She is an advisor for the Intellectual Youth Club (IYC) at IIUM from 2011 until the present and is involved in student intellectual activity by participating in talks and forums organized by student clubs.
Professor Dr Siti Nurani Mohamed Noor
Professor Dr Siti Nurani Mohamed Noor is former Associate Professor of the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Malaya. Recently appointed as Professor by Lincoln University College, she teaches Bioethics, Biosecurity and Biosafety at the Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Science. She is also Founding Director of the Centre for the Initiation of Talent and Industrial Training (CITra) in University Malaya (2014-2017). Siti also held the post of Head of the Department of Science & Technology Studies, University of Malaya for a period of ten years.
Siti had studied Philosophy of Ethics at the University of New South Wales and acquired the Master of Science in Society degree in 1995. In 2001, she gained a partial scholarship from the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at the Georgetown University, Washington DC to study Bioethics from the founders of Bioethics themselves such as Leroy Walters, Robert Veatch and the late Edmund Pellegrino. Siti completed a PhD in Bioethics in the University of Malaya in 2003. As a believer of problem based learning PBL as a tool to groom moral and critical thinkers, she had introduced PBL as an innovative learning strategy into the course, Professional Ethics and Morals. She later designed the Faculty of Science course Ethics and Safety and once again introduced PBL in 2013.
Siti has taught a number of courses, including Issues in Bioethics, Ethics of Human Reproductive Technologies and Surrogacy, Health Law and Ethics, Ethics of Knowledge and the Profession as well as postgraduate courses, Ethics, Sociology of Science and Communications in S&T and Ethics and Sustainable Policies in S&T and Innovation, later rebranded as Ethics of Sustainability Science. She has shared her Teaching and Research Methodology in Bioethics for Multi-cultural Students as invited speaker in UiTM, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Monash University of Malaysia and UKM besides speaking about various issues in international conferences. Her research interests include Islamic Bioethics, Ethics of New Biomedical Technologies, Ethics of Animal Experimentation, Public Understanding of Science through Empowerment and Talent development, Ethics of Human Enhancement and most recently Women in Science. She was a member of the UNESCO Bangkok Working Group on Ethics of Energy Technologies and Community Engagement and life-time member of the Asian Bioethics Association. Siti attended the Monash Centre for Bioethics and Human Rights in 2012 as Visiting Scholar.
Siti also held the role of External Assessor of the Master of Bioethics Programme (2010) in Centre for Bioethics, Sindh Institute of Urology, Karachi, and External Examiner of Master of Bioethics Programme of the Bangladesh Bioethics Association (2016) and Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Bioethics of the American University of Sovereign Nations, Arizona (2016). Siti also held the Editor-in-Chief post of the e-journal of Holistic Student Development, a journal created under the aegis of the Malaysian Universities Co-curriculum Council (UniCC). She has supervised to completion 5 PhD scholars and several Masters students.
She has published widely in international and local publications. Her more notable writings include Religious Ethics of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Human Cloning, and Human Enhancement Technologies including Women in Academia and STEM education and gender equality. She is awaiting the publication of the Encyclopedia of Islamic Bioethics by the Oxford University Press of which she is a contributor.
Dr. ʿAdī Setia
Dr. ʿAdī Setia most recently (November, 2013—May, 2016) taught and researched as an Associate Professor of Islamic Science and Islamic Economics at the Center for Advanced Studies in Islam, Science & Civilization (CASIS), University of Technology Malaysia (UTM), Kuala Lumpur (http://www.utm.my/casis/). He was previously an Assistant Professor (teaching and researching history and philosophy of science) at the Faculty of Science and later at the Department of General Studies, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Prior to that, he was a postgraduate student, junior research fellow and then research fellow at the International Institute of Islamic Thought & Civilization (ISTAC) during the directorship of its founder, Professor Dr. Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas. Before embarking on formal academic work he spent some years learning at the traditional Islamic madrasahs (pondoks) of Kedah, Patani and Kelantan, under scholars such as (Almarḥūm) Tuan Guru Haji ʿUmar Zuhdī of Madrasah Miṣbāḥul Falāḥ, Baling, Kedah, and (Almarḥūm) Tuan Guru Haji Hashim Abū Bakar of Madrasah Dīniyyah Bakriyyah, Pasir Tumboh, Kelantan.
His current research interests are in the areas of History and Philosophy of Science, Islamic Science, Islamic Gift Economy (IGE), and in the systemic, operative Islamization of both the natural and social sciences according to the integrative conceptual framework articulated by Professor al-Attas in his many important works, especially, The Positive Aspects of Taṣawwuf: Preliminary Thoughts on an Islamic Philosophy of Science (Kuala Lumpur: ASASI, 1981), Islam and the Philosophy of Science (Kuala Lumpur: ISTAC, 1989), Prolegomena to the Metaphysics of Islam: An Exposition of the Fundamental Elements of the Worldview of Islam (Kuala Lumpur: ISTAC, 2001) and Islam and Secularism (Kuala Lumpur: ISTAC, 1993). He is currently actively engaged in various community-rooted initiatives among Muslims and non-Muslims in Malaysia and elsewhere relating to Permaculture, Agro-Ecology and the Gift Economy. Many of his most important academic papers in these areas are formally published in the Canadian journal Islamic Sciences (formerly known as Islam & Science; http://www.cis-ca.org/islamscience1.php).
Shaykh Masood Yusuf
Shaykh Masood Yusuf is Ribat Al-Asha’irah Fellow of ISSI. He was born in Guyana, South America to a Muslim family dedicated to learning and daʿwah. After completing his early Islamic education in his home country, Shaykh Masood travelled to Egypt where he furthered his studies of the Arabic Language, Qurʾān, ḥadīth, fiqh and uṣūl al-fiqh. While in Egypt Shaykh Masood obtained an ijāzah (license) in Qurʾān recitation (qirāʾah Ḥafṣ ʿan ʿĀṣim) from Shaykh Aḥmad ʿAbbās, with whom he also studied Tafsīr. In Cairo, he began his foundational studies in Shāfiʿī Fiqh, comparative Fiqh, Uṣūl al-Fiqh, Kalām (Orthodox Theology), Arabic Rhetoric, and other sciences. Shaykh Masood then travelled to K.S.A where he spent eight years studying the traditional sciences with scholars from the Two Holy Cities, as well as with scholars from Bilād al-Shām and the Yemen, completing both a Yemini and Shāmī syllabus in Shāfiʿī Fiqh and ʿaqīdah. Shaykh Masood is currently in Malaysia with his family, where he is pursuing a Master’s degree at CASIS/UTM with focus on Islamic epistemic and legal foundations.
Ustaz Ayman al-Akiti
Ustaz Ayman al-Akiti was born and grew up in Kuala Lumpur. He started his early education at Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Damansara (SKBD) at the age of 13. He has a vast experience in religious studies beginning from the traditional Islamic Studies he received from many Indonesia’s Pesantren. After he had completed his study in Nidhomiyyah Pondok Pesantren Raudhatul Ulum Kediri, he was promoted to be an Ustaz at the Pesantran and has served for 6 years.
He was actively involved in forum Bahtsu al-Masail also known as Muzakarah Fatwa dan menjawab persoalan umat under Nahdatul Ulama Organization. He furthered his Bachelor’s Degree in Islamic Jurisprudence at STAIN Kediri and passed with cum laude.
In 2010, he travelled to Maghribi and continued his Master’s Degree at the University of Hassan II, Casablanca in Islamic Theology, and he passed with Honours in 2013. He succeeded to defend his Master’s thesis entitled: Usul al-Adillah al-Aqadiyyah inda Uthman al-Salaliji (w.574H) fi Kitabihi: al-Aqidah al-Burhaniyyah.
In 2014, he then furthered his PhD at the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Faculty of Usuluddin on Islamic Theology. He is also active in presenting papers at the international seminars in Maghribi and Europe in different fields such as Kalam, Fiqh and Tasawwuf. He has taught Nusantara students in Maghribi.
Academic works he has published on the topic of Kalam; 1- Aqidah Abi Amr Uthman al-Salaliji fi Kitabihi: al-Aqidah al-Burhaniyyah wa al-Fushul al-Imaniyyah (Journal Penyelidikan Islam JAKIM 2012); 2- Usul al-Adillah al-Aqadiyyah inda Uthman al-Salaliji (w. 574H) fi Kitabihi: al-Aqidah al-Burhaniyyah; 3- Juhud Ulama Buldan Melayu fi Khidmati al-Aqa’id al-‘Asy’ariyyah; 4- Atsar Ulama al-Gharb al-Islami ala al-Da’wah al-Islamiyyah fi al-Alam al-Melayuwi.