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Areas of Research

Philosophy, Ethics & Kalam

Science, Technology, Innovation & Sustainability Policies

Inter-Religious, Cross-Cultural & Civilizational Dialogues

International, Strategic, Governance & Media Studies


The program is specifically designed to prepare strategic thought leaders, researchers and scholars with the ability to carry out independent studies in the fields of Philosophy, Ethics and Kalam (Islamic Analytic Theology) in close engagement with contemporary local, regional and global issues. The program offers a deep engagement with the foundational intersections between Philosophy, Ethics and Kalam with (1) science, technology, innovation, and sustainability issues; (2) inter-religious, cross-cultural and civilizational dialogues; and (3) international, strategic, governance and media studies, with an emphasis on intelligent and skillful deployment of analytic, comparative and synthetic approaches in discourse and research.

The program aims to produce strategic thought leaders, researchers and scholars who are able to provide critical inputs into cultivating profound understanding of the interaction between Philosophy, Ethics and Kalam and its implications for seeking out, formulating and applying well thought out solutions to contemporary local, regional and global world problems. The overarching goal of the Asia e University’s MSc by research and PhD (Humanities) in Philosophy, Ethics, Kalam and Contemporary Issues is to create a critical mass of strategic thought leaders, researchers and scholars who can then play their role to become moral and social agents of change for the better by facilitating the establishment and advancement of a widespread dynamic culture of knowledge and practice directed towards intellectual and practical solutions to issues of common concern facing local, regional and global communities.

The global postgraduate program in Philosophy, Ethics, Kalam and Contemporary Issues will be conducted from the Asia e University main campus in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. This wide-ranging yet rigorous program offers a multi-mode learning approach, including on-campus learning and studying, as well as blended and online learning mode programs, while at the same time meeting the high quality requirements of standard, formal, officially accredited university programs in terms of curricula contents, teaching and supervisory expertise and pedagogic methodologies.

The Asia e University’s open and flexible approach to officially accredited university education involves harnessing experts, scholars, practitioners and professionals in Philosophy, Ethics and Kalam around the world to contribute and participate as advisors, supervisors and advisors and teachers in this program, while bypassing the usual budgetary, financial, logistical and geographical constraints. The global postgraduate program in Philosophy, Ethics, Kalam and Contemporary Issues is developed, managed and implemented by the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Asia e University, in close collaboration with like-minded academic institutions and scholars from around the world.

The Program offers trans-disciplinary approaches to Philosophy, Ethics and Kalam with a focus on applying the insights therein to salient contemporary issues of the world today that impact on the Common Good. This Program aims to produce strategic thought leaders, researchers, scholars as well as policy makers who are competent in synthesizing information, knowledge and wisdom from diverse fields of studies and thereby in contributing to research that broadens the range of viable solutions to the pressing problems of humanity. These graduates of the program are also expected to display strategic thought leadership qualities through effective communication and collaboration with all stakeholders and thereby contribute significantly towards bringing communities and societies together and empowering them to resolve shared problems and ensure the Common Good.

  1. Provide facilities and opportunities for researchers, young scholars and students to engage in both analytical and practical research which will provide them with the skills and competencies in problem solving, systematic analysis, communication and collaboration.


  1. Encourage researchers, young scholars and students to be creative, independent and constructively critical with the ability to develop theoretical concepts, formulate research programs and apply practical solutions.


  1. Enhance the capacities of researchers, young scholars and students to formulate and apply innovative solutions to the contemporary issues and problems faced by the humanity at the local, regional and global levels of social organiztion.
  2. Encourage researchers, young scholars and students to demonstrate the strategic thought leadership required in articulating and framing discourses on current issues of common concern in a manner that is well informed by the latest advances and developments Philosophy, Ethics and Kalam.

Islamic and Strategic Studies Institute (ISSI), Malaysia, a research, education and advocacy organization composed of intellectuals and professionals, has been involved in the renewal of Islamic intellectual and spiritual traditions since 2010. Since 2015, ISSI has collaborated with Kalam Research and Media (KRM), UAE, on KRM‘s Kalam (Islamic Analytic Theology) Project to revive and disseminate an Islamic rational and systematic approach to engaging modern contemporary isssues in the Southeast Asian region. Among others, ISSI and KRM, in collaboration with Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought and Civilizations (INSISTS), Indonesia, organized the annual Kuala Lumpur International Kalam Symposium (KLIKS) that convened Kalam researchers and scholars to present and share various dimensions of the Kalam analytical and dialectical methodology in addressing educational, intellectual and social issues faced by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Besides KLIKS, for the past five years, ISSI has been leading the Islamic Analytic Theology (Kalam) Renewal Initiative in Malaysia and Southeast Asia in collaboration with various institutues and universities, with a special focus on the re-establishing analytical, logical and systematic approach towards understanding religion in its relation to the advancement of useful knowledge. ISSI and its partner organizations have been regularly organizing national level Kalam conventions, seminars on Kalam renewal and contemporary issues, Kalam transdisciplinary research initiative, Kalam workshop series, Kalam school, Kalam academic publications, as well as academic, public and strategic meetings on Kalam renewal.

The launch of the Global Postgraduate Program in Philosophy, Ethics, Kalam and Contemporary Issues at Asia e University in 2020 marks a new achievement for the Kalam renewal initiative, not only for Malaysia and Southeast Asia, but also for the global community. The accredited Global Postgraduate Program in Philosophy, Ethics, Kalam and Contemporary Issues will be a historic and significant initiative for applying intellectual rigour to engaging local, regional and global issues of common concern. It will be the first time the mobilisation of global scholarship is executed in terms of a well thought-out selection and composition of scholars, students and institutions, with a specific focus on the critical synthesis of Philosophy, Ethics and Kalam for engaging all aspects of contemporary disciplines and sciences.

Through this collaboration and initiative with Asia e University, ISSI, KRM and INSISTS emphasise that the renewal of Philosophy, Ethics and Kalam as a salient dimension in articulating afresh the critical foundations of the Islamic system of knowledge and the sciences. This initiative will go a long way towards a robust revival in the modern context of Kalam tradition and a renewal of its study and application for the Muslims of the 21th century, and thus usher in a new promising beginning and future for both Muslim and non-Muslim societies .

The Program focuses intensively on generating competent strategic thought leadership, by graduating scholars and researchers in Philosophy, Ethics, Kalam and Contemporary Issues, with expertise in both theory and practice. It will emphasize all round capability development of in synthesizing Philosophy, Ethics and Kalam and apply that synthesis to close engagement with contemporary issues in science, technology, innovation and sustainability; including fostering inter-religious, cross-cultural and civilizational dialogues and exchanges; as well as international, strategic, governance and media studies.

Students who are interested are welcome to contact:

Associate Professor Dr Amran Muhammad


School of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

Asia e University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.



  1. Possess a recognized Bachelor’s degree for the MSc program, or Master’s degree for the PhD program, or other equivalent, recognized qualifications.


  1. A detailed curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.


  1. A research intent, describing what you have already done and what you hope to accomplish in your MSc or PhD program.


  1. A research intent is your preliminary thought on your research plan which will be relayed to your suggested/preferred/suitable supervisor for further deliberation in your research proposal


  1. After consultation with the panel of supervisors and, in some cases, advisors, you will be assigned a supervisor or supervisors who will guide you until the successful completion of your MSc or PhD.


Dean, School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Asia e University

PhD(University of Manchester, UK – Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine CHSTM [History and Policy of Science]); MA (International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization ISTAC, Malaysia [Islamic Philosophy of Science])

Areas of Competence

Philosophy of Science; Science, Technology and Innovation Policy; Philosophy of Kalam, Development of Classical and Contemporary Islamic Thought; History of Western Thought

Supervisory and Advisory Panels



PhD(LaTrobe, Australia [Mathematics]); BSc(Hons)(LaTrobe, Australia [Pure and Applied Mathematics]); Fellow, Academy of Science Malaysia;  Senior Fellow, International Institute of Islamic Thought;Fellow, Centre for Civilizational Dialogue, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Areas of Competence

History and Philosophy of Mathematical Sciences; Islamic Mathematical Economics and Finance; Sustainability and Dialogue on Knowledge; New Formulation of Quantum Mechanics; Science and Mathematics in Malay Civilization; Islamization and Indigenization of Mathematical Sciences; Mathematical Education.


PhD(University of Pittsburgh, USA [History and Philosophy of Science); MSc (London School of Economics, UK [Philosophy]; BSc(University of Manchester [Liberal Studies in Science]); Past President of the Malaysian Social Science Association; Professor, School of Languages, Civilization and Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, at the Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah.

Areas of Competence

History and Philosophy of Science, Relationship between Science, Religion, and Culture; and Comparative Studies on Science and Philosophy in Islamic and Western civilisations; Philosophy of Social Science; Islam and Science.


PhD(University of Missouri-Columbia, USA [Philosophy]); MA (University of Missouri-Columbia, USA [Philosophy]); BA (Northwest Missouri State University, USA [Philosophy]).

Areas of Competence

Metaphysics; Epistemology; Ethics; Islamic Philosophy; Comparative Philosophy; Comparative Moral Epistemology.


PhD(University of Kentucky, USA [Ocassionalism]); MA(University of Kentucky, USA [Epistemology]); MA(Bogazici University, Turkey [Epistemology]); Postdoc (Harvard University, USA – Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations)

Areas of Competence

Islamic Philosophy; Kalam; Early Modern Philosophy; Metaphysics; Formal Logic; Informal Logic; Philosophy of Language; Ethics; Theodicy and the Problem of Evil.


PhD(International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization ISTAC, Malaysia [Islamic Philosophy]); MA (International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization ISTAC, Malaysia [Islamic Philosophy]); Postdoc (Orientalisches Seminar, Johann Wolfgang-Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany); Executive Director of Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought and Civilization INSISTS, Indonesia.

Areas of Competence

Islamic Philosophy; Kalam; Tasawwuf; Studies of Ibn Sina; Islam and Science


PhD(University of Malaya, Malaysia [Bioethics]); MSc (University of New South Wales, Australia [Philosophy of Ethics]); Bioethics Program at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, USA.

Areas of Competence

Philosophy of Ethics; Bioethics; Ethics of Science and Technology; Sociology of Science.


PhD(University of London, UK, School of Oriental and Asiatic Studies SOAS [Islamic Ethics]); MA (University of London, UK, School of Oriental and Asiatic Studies SOAS [Islamic Studies]); BA (King College, London, UK [Philosophy]).

Areas of Competence

Islamic Philosophy; Kalam; Tasawwuf; Islamic Ethics; Eschatology.


PhD(International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization ISTAC, Malaysia [Kalam physical theory]); MA (International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization ISTAC, Malaysia [History & Philosophy of Science); BA (IIUM, Arabic Language & Literature); and Director of IGE Advisory, PLT, & Worldview of Islam Research Academy (WIRA), Malaysia.

Areas of Competence

History and Philosophy of Science; Islamic Science; Islamic Philosophy & Kalam; History & Philosophy of Islamic Economics; Gift Economy; Agroecology (Permaculture);  Human Rights; Dewesternization & Islamization; Worldview of Islam; and Cross-Cultural Cooperation & Dialogue.

DR SHOAIB MALIK (United Arab Emirates)

Doctoral Candidate at University of Edinburgh, UK, on Philosophy of Science and Religion; PhD (University of Nottingham [Chemical Engineering]); MSc (University of Edinburgh [Philosophy of Science and Religion]); BEng (University of Bath, UK [Chemical Engineering]).

Areas of Competence

Evolution and Islam; Physics and Islam; Science and Islamic Hermeneutics; Science and Islamic Jurisprudence; Metaphysics; Ethics; Philosophy of Science and Religion; Islamic Philosophy; Kalam and Science; Atheism.


PhD(University of East Anglia, England [Accounting Education, courseware and systems design]); MA (University of Exeter, England [Finance and Investment]); BA Hons (University of Stirling, Scotland [Accountancy]); FCPA (Australia); CA (Malaysia).

Areas of Competence

Human Governance; Critique of Methodology; Human Nature in Comparative Perspective; Human Integrity and Corruption.


PhD(University of Cambridge, UK [Experimental Physics]); BSc (University of London, UK [Theoretical Physics]); Professor of Physics, National University of Malaysia (2006-2019).

Areas of Competence

Kalam and Science, Tasawwuf and Science, Physical Theories, Theoretical Physics, Philosophy of Science.

DR HARITH RAMLI (United Kingdom)

DPhil(University of Oxford, UK [Oriental Studies]); MPhil(University of Oxford, UK [Medieval Studies]); BA(University of Durham [Arabic and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies]); Lecturer in Theology and World Religion at Edge Hill University, UK; Research Fellow at Cambridge Muslim College, UK.

Areas of Competence

Kalam; Sufism; Comparative Religion;


PhD(University of Malaya, Malaysia [Film Studies]); Master of Arts and Design (University Technology of MARA, Malaysia); Bachelor of Fine Arts (University Technology of MARA, Malaysia).

Areas of Competence

Phenomenology; Hermeneutics; Semiotics; Arts History; Aesthetics; Postmodernism; Media Philosophy; Existentialism;


PhD(Al-Qarawiyyin University, Morocco [Kalam/Usul al-Din]); MA(King Hassan the 2nd University, Morocco [Kalam/Usul al-Din]); BA(IAIN Kediri, Indonesia [Shariah]); Pondok Pesantren Raudlatul Ulum Kediri, Indonesia

Areas of Competence

Kalam; Usul al-Din; Islamic Manuscripts Studies; Tasawwuf; Fiqh; Usul al-Fiqh.


Doctoral Candidate of Philosophy in Logic & Language at the University of Tuebingen (Germany); MSc (University of Malaya, Malaysia [Mathematics]); BSc (University of Malaya, Malaysia [Mathematics]).

Areas of Competence

Modern Logic; Philosophy of Language, Mathematics.


Doctoral Candidate at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany in Metaphysics & Logic in Islamic Philosophy; MA (Ibn Haldun University, Turkey [The Late Ottoman Kalam Tradition]); MA (Harvard University, USA [Islamic Intellectual History and Philosophy]); BA (University of British Columbia, Canada [History]); BASc (University of British Columbia, Canada [Electrical Engineering]).

Areas of Competence   

Kalam; Logic; Epistemology; Metaphysics; Islamic Intellectual History.


MA(Ibn Haldun University, Turkey, Alliance of Civilization Institute [Islamic Civilization and Intellectual History]); BA (University of Leuven, Belgium [Philosophy and Sociology]); Sultan Ahmet Vakfi Program, Turkey, in Logic, Kalam and Philosophy; Researcher at Kalam Research & Media KRM, and Tabah Foundation, UAE.

Areas of Competence

Islamic Intellectual History and Civilization with a focus on the development of the rational sciences, i.e, Logic; Kalam & Philosophy and traditional curriculum development.


Doctoral candidate at the International Islamic University Malaysia IIUM in Fiqh & Usul al-Fiqh; MA (World of Islamic Science & Education University, Jordan [Fqih and Usul al-Fiqh]); BA (Al-Ahqaf University, Tarim, Yemen [Fiqh & Usul-al-Fqh]); Ribat Tarim and Dar al-Mustafa, Hadramawt, Yemen, in Islamic Traditional Sciences.

Areas of Competence

Fiqh; Usul al-Fiqh; Kalam; Mantiq (Islamic Logic).




AHMAD FAUZI ABDUL HAMID is Professor of Political Science, School of Distance Education, USM, Penang, Malaysia; and member of the Political Futures Experts Group (PFEG), International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2008-09 and 2015-16, he held Visiting Fellowships with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, both in Singapore, respectively. Trained as a political scientist at the universities of Oxford, Leeds and Newcastle, United Kingdom, his research interests lie within the field of political Islam in Southeast Asia.

Ahmad Fauzi has published nearly fifty scholarly articles in leading journals such as Indonesia and the Malay World, IslamicStudies, Asian Studies Review, Southeast Asian Studies, Asian Journal of Political Science, Japanese Journal of Political Science, Asian Survey, Pacific Affairs, Sojourn, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Contemporary Southeast Asia, The Round Table and Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society.

Ahmad Fauzi has been on the editorial boards of USM’s flagship social science and humanities journals Kajian Malaysia: Journal of Malaysian Studies and Kemanusiaan: The Asian Journal of Humanities since 2014; and since 1 January 2019 he has been leading Kajian Malaysia as editor-in-chief. In 2021, Ahmad Fauzi is due to take up the position of Scholar-in-Residence at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford, United Kingdom.




Zarina Othman is a Professor and currently the Chairperson at the Research Centre for History, Politics and International Affairs, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, UKM (National University of Malaysia). She earned her PhD from University of Denver (2002), in the field of International Relations, (specializing in Security Studies) and Comparative Politics. She was formerly the Head of the Program, 2010-2015 (Strategic Studies and International Relations), UKM and the First Woman Coordinator (2005-2007) for UKM-Malaysia Armed Forces Defence College (MAFDC). Dr Zarina Othman is also an Adjunct Professor at the Defence College, Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations as well as an instructor at Senior Police Academy.

She was previously a visiting professor at Tamkang University (Taipei, Taiwan), Thammasat University (Thailand), University Hasanuddin, (Indonesia) and University of National Development Veteran, Jogjyakarta (Indonesia). She is also a Research Fellow at the Center for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA). She has published extensively and presented many research papers at various national and international conferences. Her research interests focus on human security, non-traditional security issues, regional security, political Islam and peace studies. Among her recent publications include Malaysia in International Relations (in Malay, 2018), Regional Community Building in East Asia (2017), Human Rights Report in Malaysia (2016), Human Security and Peace in Archipelagic Southeast Asia (2015). Her recent book on Rohingya Survivors will be published in January 2019.






DR AREF ALI NAYED (Libya & UAE), Advisor

Dr Aref Ali Nayed is the former Ambassador of Libya to the United Arab Emirates and is the Chairman of Kalam Research & Media (KRM), and Chairman of the Libya Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS). He has taught and lectured Islamic Theology, Logic, and Spirituality at the restored Uthman Pasha Madrasah in Tripoli, Libya. He is Senior Advisor to the Cambridge Inter-Faith Program; Fellow of the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute in Jordan; and a member of the Board of Advisors of the John Templeton Foundation. He was Professor at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (Rome), and the International Institute for Islamic Thought and Civilization (Malaysia). He received his BSc in Engineering, MA in the Philosophy of Science, and a PhD in Hermeneutics from the University of Guelph (Canada). He also studied at the University of Toronto and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

His published works include Vatican Engagements: A Muslim Theologian’s Journey in Muslim-Catholic Dialogue (KRM, 2016); Operational Hermeneutics: Interpretation as the Engagement of Operational Artifacts (KRM, 2011); co-authored with Jeff Mitscherling and Tanya Ditommaso, The Author’s Intention (Lexington Books, 2004); ISIS in Libya: Winning the Propaganda War (KRM, 2015); Beyond Fascism (KRM, 2013); Growing Ecologies of Peace, Compassion and Blessing: A Muslim Response to ‘A Muscat Manifesto’ (KRM, 2010); and Duties of Proximity: Towards a Theology of Neighborliness (KRM, 2010). His recent book is a collection of essays, Radical Engagements: Essays on Religion, Extremism, Politics, and Libya (KRM, 2017).



DR SAEED AL-FOUDEH (Jordan) – Advisor

Dr Saeed Foudeh is the Chief Theology and Philosophy Advisor to the Imam Al Razi Chair at the King Hussein bin Talal Mosque in Amman, Jordan. He is a leading Kalam scholar who has authored and edited over sixty books and articles on almost every topic of Islamic systematic theology. Some of his notable publications include, Averroes’ Philosophical Position on Kalam and His Influence on Modern Philosophical Debates (2009); In Defense of Logic: A Critique of Its Opponents in the Islamic Tradition; Imam Ghazali on the Science of Kalam; The Transcendence of God: A Critique of Ibn Taymiyya; and An Exhaustive Commentary on the Creed of Tahawi (2015).

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Jordan University of Science and Technology, as well as a BA and MA from the University of Jordan, and PhD in Islamic theology from the World Islamic Sciences and Education University (WISE), Jordan. His PhD dissertation was entitled “A Comparative Study on the Arguments for the Existence of God between Kalam and Philosophy,” where he engages in an unprecedented study of the various approaches of Islamic philosophy and Western philosophy on the existence of God, beginning from al-Ash‘ari to the modern period.




Professor Mohammed Basil Altaie is a professor of Quantum Cosmology at Yarmouk University, Jordan. He obtained his PhD from Manchester University (UK) in 1978. Since then he worked on research problems in Quantum Cosmology and published about two dozens of papers in peer reviewed journals like Physical Review and the Institute of Physics journals.

Over the last 30 years he has taught many courses on physics at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, these include: Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Classical Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Classical Electrodynamics, Quantum Electrodynamics, Scientific Thinking, Mathematical Physics; and History & Philosophy of Science. He has published 9 books in Arabic mostly on science and some on science and religion. Recently he published his novel work Daqīq al-Kalām: the Islamic Philosophy of Nature in Arabic which will be published in English also soon. Some chapters from the book are being taught in Turkish and Algerian universities.

Professor Altaie is a member of the British Science and Religion Forum and has contributed several papers to conferences held by the Forum. Some of his papers on topics in the philosophy of science have been translated into Turkish and published in Turkish journals. His most recent book God, Nature and the Cause is published by Kalam Research & Media



DR KHALID ZAHRI (Morocco) – Advisor

Dr Khalid Zahri is Assistant Director, Curator, and Researcher for the manuscript collection of the Hassania Royal Library in Morocco. He travels widely to share his expertise in manuscript preservation and publication of glosses and commentaries. He has presented lectures and facilitated workshops across the Arab world, Southeast Asia, and Western Europe.

He is an established expert in Muslim theology (kalām), Sufism, and the methodology of Islamic law (uṣūl al-fiqh).He has published close to 100 academic works in Arabic and French on a range of topics including “Kalām,” “Uṣūl al-Fiqh,” ‘Taṣawwuf,” “Bibliography,” “Cataloguing,” (Fahrasah) and “Codicological and Philological studies,” among which are more than 20 books, including Maghribī Ashʿarī Sources (2017); From ʿIlm al-Kalām to Fiqh al-Kalām (2017), The Arabic Manuscript: New Horizons in Codicology, Philology, and Cataloging within the Islamic Manuscript Tradition (2017).

He received his MA (1995) and his PhD (2001) from Muhammad V University in Rabat at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He has worked at the Hassania Royal Library from 2002-present, and at the National Library in years prior (1999-2002).