IAIS Malaysia

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The International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia was established in September 2007 in Kuala Lumpur as an independent non-profit research think-tank, with an initial grant from the government of Malaysia. On 9 October 2008, IAIS was formally launched by the then Prime Minister of Malaysia and its Founding Patron Tun Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi.

The Institute is dedicated to the rigorous pursuit of objective academic and policy research on Islam and contemporary challenges of concern to Malaysia, the global Ummah and Islam’s engagement with other civilisations. Our quest for renewal highlights the essential values and principles which resonate with the timeless significance of Islamic teachings.

The Islamic revivalist discourse of recent decades was largely ideologically driven, focused on legal issues, externalities of ritual or dress, and voiced primarily parochial and partisan concerns. IAIS Malaysia began with the challenging agenda to widen the scope of discourse through a fresh focus on Islam’s broader civilisational objectives representing the Ummah as a whole.

Firmly grounded in Islam’s authentic teachings, IAIS aspires to facilitate the regeneration and renewal (tajdid) of Islamic civilisation rooted in the Qur’an and Sunnah. Through research into Islamic source texts bearing on significant issues facing Muslim societies, the Institute provides policy recommendations to government entities, multinational organisations and NGOs. We support activities and projects contributing to the renewal of contemporary Islamic thought and raising the level of discourse in order to advance human wellbeing.

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Hikmah

The best of the people is the one who is of greatest benefit to them. - Hadith

Quotable Quotes

Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war, but capacity to prevent it - Anne O'Hare McCormick

Humour Without Malice

Once a soldier who had an arrow stuck into his flesh went to consult a specialist. The surgeon cut off the arrow shaft and said: "That is all. You may go now". The soldier said: "But the arrow head is still deep in my flesh!" Shaking his head, the surgeon said: "That's a matter of an intermist. The surgical part of the operation is finished".

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