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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

Lord make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love..... - St. Francis of Assisi

Humour Without Malice

Mullah Nasruddin had lost his ring, so he set out to search for it under the street light. Others came to help him search. Finally when asked if he was certain he had dropped it in this spot, he said, "No, I lost it there," and pointed to his house. The others asked incredulously: "Then why are you looking for it here?" The Mullah said, while trying to look clever: "Because it is dark where I lost it, and it is light out here!"

Hikmah

Gentleness fails not to create beauty in everything, and it is not taken away from anything without causing ugliness. (hadith)

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