Ongoing Research

Research Updates - (Sep - Dec 2019)

Professor Kamali finalised reviewer suggested changes on his book, “Lawful and Unlawful in Shariah and The Halal Industry” to be published by Oxford University Press, New York.  He wrote two articles: “Haj is No Longer the Same Experience as in Earlier Times,” IAIS Bulletin on Islam and Contemporary Issues No. 51 (July-August 2019) and “Fresh Interpretation Needed,” New Straits Times, 23 December 2019. 

He co-authored four IAIS Research Briefs with – 1) Drs Mahbubi Ali and Mohamed Azam, “Toward Islamic Banking Without Tawarruq”, No.  1 - June 2019; 2) Dr Mohamed Azam and Wan Naim. “Child Conversion in Malaysia”, No. 2 - August 2019; 3) Apnizan Abdullah and Dr Mohamed Azam, “Shariah Parameters for the Halal Industry in Malaysia”, No. 3 - November 2019 and 4) Dr Adha Shaleh “Disruptive Trends in Education”, No. 4 - December 2019. 

Professor Kamali attended the 1st International Forum on Islamic Thought: Revitalising Maqasid Shariah Towards a Compassionate Governance, Everly Hotel Putrajaya, 3 September 2019. He participated at the Network of Malaysian Think Tanks Meeting (NMTT), ISIS Malaysia, 17 September 2019.

On 14 October 2019, he gave opening remarks at “The Palestine – Kashmir” Forum, IAIS Malaysia.  He attended 5th Annual Conference: Education and Culture in Promoting Harmony and National Integration, and the IAIS Islamic Finance Talk Series on “Transitioning Islamic Economy via Technology and Innovation”, IAIS Malaysia on 19 October and 4 November 2019, respectively. 

He gave Keynote Address on “Freedom of Religion and Apostasy: Issues, Responses and Developments,” at the 7th International Islam and Liberty Conference, Jakarta, 11-12 November 2019.  He attended Roundtable Discussion, “Designing Sadaqah Models for Child Grant Project in Malaysia: Shariah, Legal and Financial Analysis,” IAIS Malaysia, 26 November 2019.

Professor Kamali gave opening remarks at the International Seminar on “Islam and Ecological Sustainability 2019”, IAIS Malaysia, 3 December 2019.  He attended the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 19-21 December 2019.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil has published Centralisation of Halal Matters Under the Federal Government in Malaysia: A Legal Perspective (Apnizan Abdullah & Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil), Islam & Civilisational Renewal (ICR) Journal, Vol 10 No 2 (2019): December 2019; Child Conversion in Malaysia (Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil & Wan Naim Wan Mansor), IAIS Research Briefs, No. 2  August 2019; Shari’ah Parameters for The Halal Industry in Malaysia: Issues and Reform Proposals (Apnizan Abdullah, Mohammad Hashim Kamali & Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil), IAIS Research Briefs, No. 3, November 2019; Disruptive Trends in Education: Islamic and Contemporary Perspectives (Muhammad Adha Shaleh, Mohammad Hashim Kamali & Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil), IAIS Research Briefs, No. 4, December 2019; Conversion of Parent to Islam & Its Implication to the Status of Minors (Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil & Rafeah Saidon) in Muallaf - Isu & Cabaran Kontemporari, IKaZ, UiTM Shah Alam, 2019. Rukun Negara: 62 Tahun Merdeka (Part 1), IAIS Bulletin, No. 51 July-August 2019; Rukun Negara: 62 tahun Merdeka (Part 2) IAIS Bulletin, No. 52 Sept-Oct 2019; Participant, 1st International Forum on Islamic Thought Revitalizing Maqasid Shariah Towards Compassionate Governance, The Everly Hotel, Putrajaya, 3rd September 2019; Participant, Network of Malaysian Think Tanks Malaysia, ISIS, 17 September 2019; Presenter, Law Symposium, Brigham Young University,  Provo, Utah, USA, 7-9 October 2019; Moderator, Forum on Palestine & Kashmir, IAIS, 14 October 2019, Participant, 14th Southeast Asia Network Forum/5th International Sustainable Technology, Energy and Civilization Conference, Kyoto Alumni Association Malaysia, Marriot Hotel, Putrajaya, 16 October 2019; Participant, Islam and Identity in Europe and Southeast Asia, ISTAC, 23 October 2019; Moderator, French Talk with Abennour Bidar, co-organised with French Embassy, IAIS Malaysia, 24 October 2019; Participant, Seminar Peranan Zakat Dalam Menangani Kesenjangan Ekonomi, INTEKMA, 30 October 2019; Live Interview, Slot Minda Islam, Islamophobia, Radio IKIM, 15 November 2019; Participant, Syarahan Sultan Nazrin Sempena 50 Tahun MKI, PICC, 7 November 2019; Moderator, 7th International Islam & Liberty Conference, Jakarta, 11-13 Nov 2019; Presenter, Seminar on Child Rights in International Family Disputes, Amman, Jordan, 18-21 November 2019; Chairman, International Seminar on Islam & Ecological Sustainability 2019, IAIS Malaysia, 3 December 2019; Participant, Human Rights Day 2019, SUHAKAM/UNCT/BHEUU, Sheraton KL, 10 December 2019; Participant, KL Summit 2019, KLCC, 19-21 December 2019.

Alexander Wain recently published two short chapters (‘The Maritime Silk Road’ and ‘The Han Kitab’) in Islam in China: History, Spread and Culture (Islamic Book Trust), and an IAIS Bulletin article (‘Hamka and the True Meaning of Zuhd’). He also gave a presentation entitled ‘Islamic Civilisation in China: Its Influence on the Malay World,’ at the Forum on Islam and Civilisation in China, held at the Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC), International Islamic University of Malaysia. Forthcoming publications include an article on the Undang-Undang Melaka for the ICR, a chapter covering Southeast Asia in the Oxford Handbook of Islamic Archaeology (Oxford University Press) and a translation of the Hikayat Raja Pasai’s conversion narrative with an accompanying commentary in A Sourcebook for Pre-Modern Conversion to Islam (University of California Press). Alexander’s ongoing research projects include an Occasional Paper critiquing existing general theories of Islamisation. He is also preparing a monograph on the conversion of the Nusantara to Islam, to be published with a major academic publisher.

Mohammad Mahbubi Ali published viewpoint in ICR (Vol 10 No 2, 2019), called ‘Child Protection and Corporate Zakat’, an article in IAIS Bulletin  (No. 51 July-August 2019), titled ‘Islamic Perspective on Shariah Non-Compliant Collateral’, and a paper on Islamic financial inclusion index in Indonesia in the Journal of Islamic Monetary Economics and Finance (Vol. 5 No. 4, 2019). His other two articles on BNM Shariah Governance Policy Document 2019 and Islamic crowdfunding also appeared in New Straits Times (5 October 2019) and Islamic Finance News (9 Oct 2019), respectively. Besides, he—together with other teams—completed the Islamic finance masterplan for the Republic of Kazakhstan. He also presented papers at the Sarajevo Islamic Finance and Economic Conference (SIFEC 2019) on 25 Oct 2019 and the 5th International Islamic Monetary Economics and Finance in on 12-13 November 2019.

Ahmad Badri bin Abdullah published a policy issue paper (PIP) he co-authored with Prof. Mohammad Hashim Kamali entitled Challenges Facing the Halal Vaccine: Issues & Proposed Solutions?’  in November 2019. The policy brief of the same title is finalised and already in the publication pipeline.  He also submitted a final version of another PIP entitled ‘Malay Traditional Customs from Shariah Perspective’ as it is ready to be published. His article entitled ‘Catering to All Segments of Society’ discussing on the 2020 National Budget appeared in the News Straits Times on 2nd November.  He is currently compiling and editing a book of selected conference papers entitled: ‘Maqasid al-Shari’ah in Governance and Public Policies’. He has also submitted an event report for the December ICR on the 5th Annual Conference & Workshop: ‘Education and Culture in Promoting Harmony and National Integration’.

Apnizan Abdullah’s short article entitled, “Time for Malaysia to lead Islamic social finance endeavours” was featured in the News Strait Times on 30 November 2019.  Another short article she wrote; entitled “Unleashing The Potential of Sadaqah for Islamic Social Finance Instruments in Malaysia” has appeared in the IAIS Bulletin, No. 52, Sept-Oct 2019 issue. Her co-authored journal article under the title, “Centralisation of Halal matters under the Federal Government in Malaysia: A Legal Perspective” will appear soon in the upcoming IAIS journal.  She has completed the final draft on “sadaqah as a financial tool for children protection and security programmes” which will be submitted to UNICEF by the end of January 2020.

Shahino Mah Abdullah contributed articles for bulletin no.52 and no.53, namely, “The rights to privacy and protection of data from Artificial Intelligence: An Islamic perspective” and “Debate on electronics personhood: a legal perspective”, respectively. At the same time, he contributed three event reports for bulletin no.52, no.53, and Islam and Civilisational Renewal journal (Vol.10, No.2) namely, “International Greentech and Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM 2019)”, “International Research Conference and Innovation Exhibition (IRCIE 2019)”, and “International Seminar on Islam and Ecological Sustainability”, respectively. His article on the circular economy in tackling climate change has also published in the newspaper entitled, “Let’s move from 3R to 7R” (New Straits Times, 26th October 2019). During the ‘International Seminar on Islam and Ecological Sustainability’, the module on “Islam and River Protection” that he co-authored with other IAIS researchers has been launched and published. He was also moderate the third keynote speech entitled, “Sustainability: The Economics of Futility” by Dr Fazlun Khalid during the seminar. In the recent conference & exhibition he participated, ‘International Research Conference and Innovation Exhibition’ (IRCIE 2019) on 25th – 27th November 2019 Johor Bahru, he teamed up with researchers from the University of Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) Malaysian Institute of Industrial Technology (MITEC), presented an innovation entitled, Sustainable IoT based Environment and Industrial Monitoring System” and received Gold Award for Higher Education category. For IAIS website content, he has proposed articles written by external writers, in which, within September to December 2019, a total of 27 articles have been accepted and featured online. His OPS, PIP, and Research Brief on AI from Islamic perspectives have been submitted and revised, and will soon be published in early 2020.

Fakhrurrazi co-authored a book on ecological wisdom and environmental activism entitled Laskar Alam: Modul Pembudayaan Kelestarian Alam, a joint effort by IAIS, RIMBA, GRASS Malaysia, SOCA IIUM and COMNET UNISEL. He was invited as a panellist at the 7th Finance, Investment and Accounting Colloquium Series by the Management and Science University (MSU). He is currently working with the Global Environment Centre (GEC) to produce an educational video on environmental conservation and river care from the Islamic perspectives, based on a module that he developed with IAIS and GEC researchers, Modul Islam & Pemeliharaan Sungai under the National River Care Fund. He coordinated a forum, The Impact of Climate Change and Human-Caused Hazards on the Marine Environment in Malaysia with Penang Forum and ABIM. His ongoing research projects include topics on sustainable development, ecological sustainability and waqf development in Malaysia.

Wan Naim Wan Mansor published three event reports for the ICR journal, covering a book discussion, an international forum on Palestine and Kashmir, and public event with French philosopher Abdennour. He co-authored an IAIS research brief with Prof Kamali and Assoc. Prof. Dr Mohamed Azam (“Child Conversion in Malaysia”, No. 2 – August 2019). Also co-authored with Prof Kamali and Dr Azam on a Policy Issue Paper on the death penalty (to be published soon). He represented the Institute and reports on various programmes, among others; a roundtable discussion on aboriginal Islamic outreach (26th Sept); the G25 Forum on the future of the ummah (28th Sept); and a meeting with the UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet in Kuala Lumpur (5th Oct). He is also part of the editorial team of a book tentatively entitled “Maqasid Shariah in Public Policy and Governance”. He is also currently finalising a collaborative  journal article (with Dr Ahmad Badri)entitled “The Dialectical Relation of Texts (Nas) and Benefits (Maslahah) in the Light of Systemic Approach”. Wan Naim’s ongoing research projects include topics on Malaysian Political Islam, Shariah-oriented policies (Siyasah Shar’iyyah), and inter-faith engagements.

Sayuti Mansor started his research on Public and Private Sphere in Islamic Law shortly after joining IAIS Malaysia in November 2019. He is currently working on two research articles, namely Moral Policing and The Protection of Private Sphere of Individual: A Case of ‘Operasi Cegah Maksiat’ in Malaysia and The Moral Argument For and Against The Legal Enforcement of Morality in Malaysia as part of his wider research on the public and private sphere in Islamic law.

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