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 Dr. Ayman al-Akiti
Ustaz Dr. Ayman al-Akiti is a young academician born and raise in Kuala Lumpur. He started his primary studies at SK Bukit Damansara. When he was 13 years old, he went to Kediri, East Java of Indonesia to study at a traditional Islamic school named Madrasah Nidhomiyyah of Pesantren Radlatul Ulum. He finished his training in 2004 and held a higher learning certificate of Islamic Studies. He was elected as one of the new teachers at the same Madrasah for 6 years. While teaching, Ustaz Dr. Ayman was active in Bahts al-Masail, an intellectual forum of Fiqh under the Madrasah’s wing of Nahdlatul Ulama Islamic organisation. He is responsible for the fatwa department.
He went to The National Islamic College of Kediri (STAIN Kediri) to continue his Degree on Islamic Law, King Hassan the 2nd University in Casablanca, Morocco to continue his Master Degree on Theology and Religion in Islamic West, and al-Qarawiyyin University in Morocco to pursue his PhD in Theology and Islamic Ideology. He gained 1st class honours for all of his training. He is also the first Malaysian to gain a PhD from al-Qarawiyyin University, the oldest university in the world.
While in Morocco, Dr. Ayman al-Akiti was committed in teaching students from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand until he managed to establish a Traditional Islamic Learning Centre named Pondok Jawi Maghribi. He was also active in presenting academic papers in the Arab world, Europe and South East Asia. Today he is serving as Assistant Professor at the Department of Usul al-Din and Comparative Religion, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (KIRKHS), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM).
Major (H) Associate Professor Dr Mohd Mizan Bin Mohammad Aslam
Mohd Mizan bin Mohammad Aslam is the founder and the first rector of the Islamic University College Perlis (KUIPs), the university that has been established by the concept of Waqf and to eliminate poverty among needy Muslims in SEA region. Mizan also the Director of Malaysia Research Institute Strategic Studies (MyRISS). He is a former Director of the Sustainable Development Unit, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) and also an Associate Professor at the Centre for Communication Technology and Human Development (iKOM) since 2003. He graduated with Honours in Islamic Law and Masters in Dialogue Civilizations Studies from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. He obtained a doctorate degree from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in the areas of Strategic Studies.
Mizan started his career at University of Malaya and Management & Science University (MSU) before joining UniMAP since 2003. This Labu Secondary Islamic School (SMAP) student was awarded Malaysia Best STPM student in 1995 with 5 Principal A. He also collected six major awards during his PhD studies such as New Zealand Study Abroad Award (NZPSAA), 2007 and 2008, Best Research Paper Waikato University, 2008 PhD Award 2009 Submission and two times ‘Victoria-School of Government Research Award’ (2008 and 2009).
After graduating with distinction for his PhD, he was entrusted to manage UniMAP’s Sustainable Development Unit until 2013. He was appointed as Director of Teaching and Learning at UniMAP. In addition, he also held various positions and was promoted in various fields related to administrative as well as spiritual and physical development in UniMAP. He is also an Associate Member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) and also an Executive Member of Peace and Collaborative Development Network (CDN) which is active in issues of policy and security management as well as conflict resolution around the world. Hence, he was awarded Honoury Major by Malaysian Armed Forces in September 2016. Dr Mizan also awarded CEO of the Year in Education Leadership by The World Sustainable Congress in Dubai on the 5th of October 2016.
Mizan was awarded Outstanding Achievement Award by University Malaysia Perlis. His research interest is in public policy and strategic studies. He is an expert in conflict resolution and has wider knowledge about radicalism and extremism in Southeast Asia. Mizan became widely known after his theory on Typology of Radicalism had been published in 2012. He is a writer for numerous books, conference papers, journals, proceedings, newspapers, magazines, keynote speakers and also news columnist.
Mizan actively involve in fellowship abroad as Executive Council of Benevolent Fund for Outstanding Students (BFOS), Hadramowt, Govt of Yemen and Executive Advisor QATAR Guest Centre, Doha Qatar. Mizan held a position as Adjuct Professor at School of Arts & Humanities, Universitas Ubudiyah Indonesia (UUI), Acheh, Indonesia. Mizan also appointed as Visiting Professor at the Centre for Civilization & Peace Study, Ibnu Haldun University, Besheksehir, Istanbul, TURKEY.
Associate Professor Dr. Haslina Ibrahim
Dr. Haslina Ibrahim is an Associate Professor at the Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Human Sciences of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). She obtained her MA and PHD in Usuluddin and Comparative Religion from IIUM and appointed as teaching staff in 2003. Her areas of interest are religious studies, inter-religious relationship and Islamic da’wah. She has held various administrative positions including Deputy Dean Student Affairs, Deputy Director of SHAS Mosque and Head of Student Learning Enhancement Unit (SLEU). She has also served as Visiting Researcher at the Religious Studies Department, Victoria University of Wellington, and a Visiting scholar at Islamic and Strategic Studies Institute (ISSI) Malaysia of which she continues her role as a research fellow at present. She is an active member of Majlis Perwakilan Wanita Islam Malaysia (MPWIM) hosted by Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (YADIM).
Khalina Khalili was the Master of Ceremony for the Kuala Lumpur International Kalam Symposium (KLIKS2 and KLIKS3) organized by ISSI, KRM and others in 2017 and 2018. She currently works as an Islamic Studies teacher for the Alice Smith School while completing her Ph.D. at the Centre for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation (CASIS), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Kuala Lumpur. Her thesis is entitled Philosophy of Science in Islam According to the Perspective of Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas and Seyyed Hossein Nasr. She presented her paper, The Role of the Spiritual Scientist on the Object of Scientific Research: Perspectives of Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas and Seyyed Hossein Nasr at the 4th International Graduate Conference on Engineering, Science & Humanities (IGCESH), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2013
She has participated in interfaith dialogues, written articles on interfaith understanding, and published 11 children books in a Kids and Science series by Dar al-Andalus (Singapore) and Goodwords (India). Five more children books are soon to be published.
Khalina completed her secondary education in Tengku Ampuan Rahimah school, in Klang before graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Columbia University in 1996. She worked as a teacher in Islamic schools in New York, USA after graduation and later completed a Master of Science in Education in 2003 from the University of New England, USA. Her thesis is entitled “The Paper Toy: Inculcating the Love of Reading in Young Children”. She also concurrently attended weekend courses at the International Islamic University of Malaysia while completing her Masters’ field research in Malaysia, and was conferred the Post-Graduate Diploma in Islamic Studies in 2002.
She then moved to Saudi Arabia and continued studying the art of Qur’an recitation (tajwid) at the Jeddah Society for Qur’anic Education and Memorization in Jeddah, and completed the Level 3 (final) certification under the supervision of Ustadhah Kareema Creszpinski. She then worked as a kindergarten teacher at the Manarat International School of Jeddah. In Jeddah, Khalina Khalili co-founded a homeschooling group known as the Jeddah Homeschoolers’ Network (JHN) in 2010, and still operating today.
Dr. Wan Adli Bin Wan Ramli
Department of Aqidah and Islamic Thought
Academy of Islamic Studies
University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Dr. Wan Adli bin Wan Ramli is currently a Senior Lecturer at Department of Aqidah and Islamic Thought University of Malaya (UM). He teaches Islamic Epistemology, Islamic and Modern West Thought, Islamic Research Methodolgy and Philosophy of Islamic Science. He obtained his Bachelor of Usuluddin (Islamic Theology and Thought) from University of Malaya in 2003 and his Master of Usuluddin (MUs) from University of Malaya in 2006. He had studied in Department of Theology, Religion and Islamic Studies, University of Wales, Lampeter, UK and acquired the Ph.D in 2011 with his contribution on thesis entitled A Traditionalist Theological Evaluation of Muslim Liberal Interpretation of the Qur’an on the Subject of ‘Religious Pluralism’.
He also currently serve as one of the Editorial Board Member for Journal of Aqidah and Islamic Thought (AFKAR) which is is an international peer reviewed journal published twice a year by the Department of `Aqidah and Islamic Thought, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. It publishes articles and research papers concerning aqidah and Islamic thought, particularly Kalam, philosophy, Tasawwuf, comparative religions, logic and Islamic thought in the Malay World in Malay, English and Arabic. He has supervised to completion several PhD scholars and Masters students in the same department. Apart from that, he has published widely in critical and scientific responses to the current issues such as issue on theology, liberalism, Muslim liberal, religious pluralism and pluralism itself.
Dr. Azmil Bin Zainal Abidin
Department of Akidah and Islamic Thought
Academy of Islamic Studies
University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Dr. Azmil Zainal Abidin is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Aqidah and Islamic Thought, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya. He teaches Ilmu Kalam, Aqidah and Islamic Thought, Logic and Critical Thinking and Philosophy of Islam. He completed his Bachelor of Usuluddin from University of al-Azhar, Kaherah, Egypt in 2000 and his Master of Usuluddin (MUs) from The National University of Malaysia (UKM) in 2005. He had done research on Islamic Philosophy and acquired the Ph.D in 2011 with his contribution on thesis entitled “Wacana Rububiyyah Allah Menurut al-Ghazali Dalam Menangani Dimensi Gha’iyyah Filsuf Muslim : Terjemahan Dan Analisis Teks Terpilih Daripada Kitab Tahafut al-Falasifah”.
His contribution expertise in Aqidah also known in public as he is one of the speker who receive ‘tauliah mengajar’ in Negeri Sembilan, Selangor and Perak. He was invited by islamic religious council, university, college, non-government organisation for advisor and speaker. Apart from that, he has presented paper on his research areas which is include aqidah, ahl Sunnah wal Jamaah, Islamic philosophy and kalam. He currently serve as one of the Editorial Board Member for Journal of Aqidah and Islamic Thought (AFKAR) which is is an international peer reviewed journal published twice a year by the Department of Aqidah and Islamic Thought, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. It publishes articles and research papers concerning aqidah and Islamic thought, particularly Kalam, philosophy, Tasawwuf, comparative religions, logic and Islamic thought in the Malay World in Malay, English and Arabic. He has supervised to completion several PhD scholars and Masters students in the same department. He has published widely in critical and scientific responses to the current issues such as issue on theology, ‘aqidah and several researches that related to his expertise.
Syed Ali Zaenal Abidin bin Mochamad Baqir al-Saqqaf
Syed Ali Zaenal Abidin bin Mochamad Baqir al-Saqqaf is from the family al-Saqqaf of the Ba’alawi (descendants of Sayyiduna Husain) tribe. He was born in 1988 in Tulungagung, East Java, Indonesia. His junior & senior high schools were in Dar al-Tauhid, Malang Indonesia where he first studied Islamic sciences. After finishing his national certificate, he went to Tareem, Hadhramawt Yemen to Dar al-Musthofa(of Habib ‘Umar ben Hafizh) for one year and later to the al-Ahqaf University (of Habib Prof. Abdullah Baharun) for his Bachelor’s degree (Faculty of Fiqh & Usul Fiqh) for five years. In between university classes, he also attended classes held in the Ribath Tareem (of Habib Salim al-Syathiri). After completing his studies in Yemen that are more focused on the textual (naqliyya) sciences such as the Arabic languange sciences (lughah ‘arabiyya), prophetic narrations (hadith), jurisprudence (fiqh) and others, his personal teacher/guide, Habib Abdul Rahman al-Saqqaf asked him to further his studies in Jordan so that he can study under the tutelage of the esteemed, world-renowned Mutakallim & Usuli of this era, Shaykh Dr Sa’eed Foda so that he may enhance his skill on the intellectual (‘aqliyya) sciences. He then continued his Master’s degree (Faculty of Fiqh & Usul Fiqh) in The World Islamic Science & Education University (WISE) in ‘Amman, Jordan. He studied logic (mantiq), advanced-level of theology (kalam), principles of jurisprudence (usul fiqh), categories (maqulat), philosophy (falsafah) & science of discourse (adab al-bahsu wal munazarah) with Shaykh Dr Saeed Foda himself and his students while also teaching some of the Arab, Turkish and Asian students living there. He is now doing his Doctoral degree (faculty of Fiqh & Usul Fiqh) here in Malaysia at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM). He is also very active in teaching; so much so that even after only one and a half years of staying here, he has managed to complete teaching many books of Islamic sciences in its various fields that can be watched anytime by anyone at his own page called Majelis Ta’lim Riyadul Jinan (Facebook) and JinanTV (Youtube).