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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.

Hikmah

One who acknowledges the virtue of an old man and honours him for his age, God will save him from the fright of the Day of Resurrection. Honouring a Muslim with white hair partakes in Glorifying the Majesty of God. (hadith)

Quotable Quotes

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. - Henry Ford

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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