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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

Peace is our gift to each other. - Elie Wiesel

Humour Without Malice

An old woman came to the Prophet (pbuh) and said: "O Messenger of Allah, pray to Allah that I will enter Paradise." He said jokingly, "O Mother of So-and-so, no old women will enter Paradise." The old woman went away crying, so the Prophet (pbuh) said, "Tell her that she will not enter Paradise as an old woman, for old women will enter Paradise in their prime youth." - Reported by al-Tirmidhi.

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