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Research Activities at IAIS

IAIS’s research concentration areas are indicated in its organisational chart, particularly its five reaserch units, each of which focuses on a cluster of research themes. The five research units are:

• Civilisation, Interfaith, Peace & Security Studies
Shariah, Law, Governance & Halal Studies
• Economics, Finace, Zakat and Awqaf
• Science, Technology, Environment & Ethics; and
• Education, Culture & Arts

IAIS research fellows usually take the initiative to propose the project they wish to pursue. Selection and approval of the project then involve the Research Committee deliberation and input, which often solicits opinion from other fellows. The head of the RC ensures that suitable adjustments are made as a result of such deliberations. About half the way through, the researcher is expected to speak to his project at the Research Fellows Seminar. This is yet another step at making IAIS research activities participatory and consultative - and the exercise has often proved to be valuable. Research projects that qualify for selection must be topical and bear relevance to Islam and contemporary issues of concern to Malaysia and the wider Ummah. It must also lead to actionable outcomes and policy recommendations.

Our research projects are generally short to medium term of no more than a few months that should lead to publication of their outcomes in one or the other of IAIS’s publication venues, outside academic and media outlets. IAIS values research effort that helps society and suggests measures that arise from sound engagement in Islamic doctrines and the contemporary understanding of outstanding issues. Much of IAIS’s research is also informed by our fellows’ engagement with the general public through the conferences, public lectures and roundtables we regularly hold. Ever since its establishment in 2008, IAIS has held about 40 events per year in which our fellows are expected to be present, or be presenters themselves.

  

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Hikmah

One who has faith in God and the Last Day, let him say something good or else remain silent. - Hadith

Quotable Quotes

Science is organised knowledge. Wisdom is organised life - Immanuel Kant

Humour Without Malice

Haris bin 'Abbad, one of the rulers of Andalus, was looking to capture 'Adi bin Abi Rabi'ah in order to exact revenge from him. His problem, and that of many of his guards, was that he didn't know what Ibn Abi Rabi'ah looked like. A prisoner said to one of the guards, "Will you free me if I show you where Abi Rabi'ah is?" He said, "Yes, I promise." After an oath from him, he said, "I am 'Adi bin Abi Rabi'ah," and remembering his promise and oath, the guard just let him go free.

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