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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

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success - Dale Carnegie

Humour Without Malice

Here is the story of an Imam who got up after Friday prayers and announced to the people: "I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building programme. The bad news is, it's still out there in your pockets".

Hikmah

Righteousness is good morality, and wrongdoing is that which wavers in your soul and which you dislike people finding out about. - Hadith: An-Nawawis Forty Hadith, Number 27.

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