IAIS Malaysia

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

If you wish for a pearl, You must leave the desert and wander by the sea; and even if you never find the gleaming pearl, at least you won't have failed to reach the water. - Hakim Sanai, Haqiqat al-Haqiqa

Humour Without Malice

A bedouin joined the Imam for Fajar Salah. He had an appointment after the prayer but the Imam decided to recite Surah Baqarah (The Cow). As a result of the length of this Surah, the bedouin was delayed and missed his appointment. The next day he arrived early and joined the Imam again, who this time began to recite Surah Feel (The Elephant). As soon as the bedouin heard the word Feel (Elephant), completely angry, the bedouin broke his Salah and left the mosque immediately, shouting "Yesterday you read The Cow and took almost an hour to finish; today you are reciting The Elephant, you will probably finish at midnight."

Hikmah

The Muslims are like a firm foundation, each strengthening the other; in such manner they mutually support one another. (hadith)

IAIS Malaysia 2008-2018 - All Rights Reserved.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!