Research updates (extracted from bulletin No. 43 – MAR - APR 2018):
Mohammad Hashim Kamali has written four Occasional Paper Series, three of which will be published jointly by IAIS Malaysia and IIIT UK – the titles are Tajdid, Islah and Civilisational Renewal, Reading the Signs and Actualisation of the Higher Purposes. The fourth, Separation of Powers will be published by IAIS Malaysia.
His article in NST on “Al-Azhar Stands for Moderation of Thought” appeared on 2 March 2018. He gave three interviews, two for RTM and one for Sinar Harian. He gave an Opening speech at the Interfaith Refugee Day on 3 March 2018 and Introductory remarks at two public lectures organised by IAIS Malaysia. He completed the documentation and submitted his institutional candidacy for King Faisal International Prize 2019 for Service to Islam and scholarship.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil has published Look to Ta’zir for Guidance in Drug Sentencing (jointly with Dr Ahmad Badri), NST, 5 January 2018; Prioritise Child’s Welfare, NST, 16 February 2018; Pelaksanaan Undang-undang Islam di Malaysia: Khayalan Atau Realiti?, ILHAM Books & IAIS Malaysia, 2018; Is Unilateral Conversion the Best Solution? IAIS Bulletin, No. 43, March-April 2018; and Wanita Sebagai Calon Kepimpinan Dalam Pilhanraya, Berita Harian, April 2018. He was invited to present a paper at the Asian Cultural Dialogues Conference, Tehran, 13-15 January 2018 and other seminars and conferences locally like at ILIM, JAKIM and KUIS. He was interviewed by RTM for a documentary Islam Today which will air on TV2 during Ramadhan and on Channel 420 Unifi TV on Jenayah Rumahtangga.
Alexander Wain recently published an article in the New Straits Times, entitled ‘Israel must Respect Rights of Others,’ and a short piece in the IAIS Bulletin, called ‘Early British Converts to Islam.’ He is also soon to publish The Architects of Islamic Civilisation with Professor Kamali, a collection of forty-three biographical notes on key Muslim thinkers from the time of the Prophet down to the present. Alexander’s ongoing research projects include an article for the ICR on Acehnese nationalism and a monograph on the conversion of the Nusantara to Islam, to be published with a major academic publisher. Since late 2017, he has also presented several research papers internationally, including at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Adha Shaleh wrote two articles for ICR, Vision for the 21st Century Education, Big Data for the Environment: Islamic Perspectives, Opportunities and Challenges. He has further contributed two articles, Matching IoT with Ethics (New Straits Times), The New Style of Leadership in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, (IAIS Bulletin 41), Sociological and Islamic Standpoints on Social Entrepreneur (IAIS Bulletin No 43). Adha’s recent accomplishments, including one commentary on, Leveraging on Social Capital in Environmental Education (The Head Foundation, Singapore), one proceeding paper on, Environmental Wisdom for Nature Smart Generation (Institute of Darul Ehsan). His ongoing project, including a policy paper on, IoT in Higher Education: Proposals and Direction, a module on River Care from the Islamic Perspectives. In addition, he is writing a commentary on Transformative Learning Style for Education 4.0.
Shahino Mah Abdullah’s article was published in IAIS Bulletin No.42 entitled, “Addressing the Haze: The Islamic Teachings in Building the Environment”. He has completed an article entitled, “Human capital in the rise of Artificial Intelligence” slated for the upcoming Bulletin No.44. He also contributed an article and a viewpoint for ICR (Vol. 9, No.1, 2018), entitled “Preservation of the Environment by Smart Energy Strategy” and “Addressing the Haze: The Role of Local Traditional Cultures and Islamic Teachings”, respectively. His article “Peka dalam tangani perubahan iklim” was published in Berita Harian (17 January 2018). His collaborative work with UM in the field of green technology entitled, “Modified photo-current response of an organic photodiode by using V2O5 in both hole and electron transport layers”, was published online in the ‘Sensors and Actuators A: Physical’ (Elsevier) in February. He was also a rapporteur for IAIS’ The Interfaith Refugee Day held (3 March 2018). He was invited as a discussant in the Muzakarah Pakar Pengajian Islam Integrasi: Ke Arah Penyepaduan Ilmu Agama & Sains (20 March 2018, organised by IKIM).
Dr. Mohammad Mahbubi Ali has published three short articles, two on Malaysia’s Green Sukuk (in the New Straits Times (16 March 2018) and IAIS Bulletin No. 42), and one on the new BNM Shariah Governance Framework (Islamic Finance News, 18 April 2018). His article on takaful retirement annuity scheme also appears in the ICR (January 2018 Issue). He also submitted two revised articles on the issue of unauthorised agent in Islamic finance and riba in conventional insurance, due for publication in the ICR (April 2018 issue). He also recently completed two articles: “New SGF Charting Future Direction for Islamic Finance” and “Syariah Audit: The Missing Component in Indonesia’s Islamic Banking System” for IAIS Bulletin No. 43 and The Jakarta Post, respectively. He gave a talk at the Islamic Finance Students Council of IIUM on Shariah Governance Practices in Malaysia on April 20, 2018. On 29 April-02 May 2018, he conducted a training session on Regulatory Framework in Islamic Finance and BNM Shariah Standards for IAIS.
Ahmad Badri Abdullah completed and submitted a viewpoint entitled Reinstating The Roles and Objectives of Maqasid al-Shari’ah Discourse, for the January ICR, 2018. His joint article with Dr. Mohamed Azam entitled ‘Look to 'ta'zir' for guidance in drug sentencing’ appeared in The News Strait Times on 5 January 2018. He also completed his book entitled Maqasid al-Shari’ah, Antara Nas dan Maslahah: Suatu Pendekatan Sistem (Maqasid al-Shari’ah, Between Texts and Benefit: A Systems Approach) which is jointly published by IAIS Malaysia and ILHAM Books and it is ready to meet readers during the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair (KLIBF) 2018 on 27 April 2018. He is now preparing an occasional paper entitled “Malay Traditional and Modern Customary Practices From The Shari’ah Perspectives” and jointly prepare a Policy Issue Paper entitled Internet of Things(IoT) for 21st Century Environmental Education: Proposals and Directions and another an Occasional Paper entitled Islam and Artificial Intelligent with other members in Science, Technology, Ethics and Environment Unit.
Apnizan Abdullah has published a short article in NST, entitled “Difference Between Halal and Halalan-Toyyiban”, on 14 April 2018. Her work with Professor Kamali, “Shariah Parameters for the Halal Industry in Malaysia: Issues and Reform Proposals” will be published as a policy issue paper (PIP). The Sadaqa House project that she involved in, was officially launched by Bank Islam on January 19, 2018. The Sadaqa House model had received two excellence awards, namely; Gold Medal and Islamic Innovation; from the organiser, USIM at I-Inova 2018 held in March 2018. She is in midst of completing her articles on Halal vs Halalan Toyyiban concepts, viability of sadaqah/infaq as a financial instrument in social financing in Malaysia, standardisation of Shariah parameters for halal industry in OIC countries and VBI as a maqasidi approach in Islamic banking and finance industry in Malaysia.
Wan Naim Wan Mansor has published two articles, one in the New Straits Times entitled ‘Interfaith Solidarity: Standing Together for Refugees Everywhere’ (30th March 2018), and another in the IAIS Bulletin #42 (Jan-Feb 2018) entitled ‘Influence of Islam on Iranian Art’. In collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamed Azam, he has completed a policy brief addressing the issue of child conversion in Malaysia in light of the recent Indira Gandhi court case. He has completed two event reports, one for the ICR April on the ‘Interfaith Refugee Day & Kuala Lumpur Interfaith Declaration on Global Refugee Crisis’ (3rd March 2018), and another for the IAIS Bulletin #42 on ‘Forum: Understanding the Jerusalem Contention’ (9th January 2018).
Tengku Ahmad Hazri continues his three-tiered research on Islam and constitutionalism, focusing on the (1) conceptual foundations of constitutionalism in Islam; (2) constitutional reforms in the Muslim world; and (3) constitutional perspectives on Islamic law in Malaysia. He published two viewpoints, ‘Islam, Democracy and the Middle Class’ (Islam and Civilisational Renewal, Vol. 9 No. 1 (January 2018)) and ‘The Evolution of National Identity in Malaysia,’ (IAIS Bulletin, No. 42, January-February 2018), as well as a report on the Istanbul Network 5th International Conference: ‘Democratic Transitions in the Muslim World’ (27-28 November 2018) (Islam and Civilisational Renewal, Vol. 9 No. 1 (January 2018). He also wrote two other pieces, ‘Constitution, Law and Religion’ and ‘Islam Promotes Universal Values’ originally intended for the press but are currently being revised following instruction from the management. He also helped in drafting the ‘Kuala Lumpur Interfaith Declaration on the Global Refugee Crisis’ which was launched at the Interfaith Refugee Day (3 March 2018, IAIS Malaysia), during which he was also rapporteur. He was also the Moderator at the Forum on the Conflict in Kashmir (6 January 2018), and is currently writing the report on the event. At present he is engaged in two policy research (‘The Scope of Syariah Offences under Malaysia’s Constitutional Framework’ and ‘Issues in Shariah Judiciary in Malaysia’), as well as three articles, ‘Islam and the Politics of Constitutional Interpretation in Malaysia’, ‘Islam and the Nation-State’ and ‘Constitutional Reforms in the Muslim World: Salient 21st Century Developments’. In addition, he is also working on an article on Islam and democracy, being an introductory chapter for an edited volume on the topic.
Ilham Ramli has published an article entitled ‘The Questionable Imposition of Tauliah to Teach Islam in Malaysia’ for Bulletin No. 43 (March-April 2018). Previously, he wrote another article entitled ‘Transparency of Judicial Proceedings: A Justification’ which was published in Bulletin No. 41 (November-December 2017). He was also a rapporteur for the Interfaith Refugee Day held by International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies on 3 March 2018. In the meantime, he is the midst of completing the editorial work for two Policy Research Briefs. On-going collaborative research with other fellows includes Policy Issue Paper on Challenges Facing the Syariah Judiciary in Malaysia and Domestic Violence: Islamic and Socio-Cultural Factors.