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Alexander Wain

AlexWainAlexander Wain obtained his DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford in 2015. A specialist in the history of Islam in Southeast Asia and China, his DPhil research focused on the possible role of Chinese Muslims in the conversion of the Nusantara (Maritime Southeast Asia) between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. Currently, he is Research Fellow at The International Institute for Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia. At IAIS, Alexander is working on a critical outline of the Chinese Islamic philosophical school known as the Hān Kitāb. Drawing attention to the school’s broad intellectual framework – in particular, its willingness to utilise both Islamic and non-Islamic texts, to marry Islamic and Neo-Confucian thought – Alexander aims to assess whether the Hān Kitāb’s inherent inclusivity can contribute towards the principles of reform (iṣlāḥ) and moderation (wasaṭiyyah) in modern-day Islam.

Quotable Quotes

The fruit of silence is prayer, The fruit of prayer is faith, The fruit of faith is service, The fruit of service is love, The fruit of love is peace. - Mother Theresa

Humour Without Malice

During a Q&A session, a scholar was asked, "Will we get cigarettes in Jannah?" to which he replied, "Maybe, but you'd have to go to Jahannam to light it".


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

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