Research Updates - (September - December 2021)
Professor Dato’ Mohammad Hashim Kamali’s new book, The Goals and Purposes (Maqasid) of Shariah: Theory and Applications, was sent and acknowledged receipt by OUP, NY. He wrote two focuses, ‘Mathematical Mysteries and Symbols in the Holy Qur’an,’ and ‘Intellectual Legacy of Scholastic Movements from Kharijites to Ikhwan al-Muslimin,’ respectively for IAIS Bulletin Nos: 63 and 64. Two of his articles were published externally, the first, on the topic of ‘Islam and Peace’ was published by the Journal of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations and another on Ihsan by Maydan, George Mason University (20 Dec). He also attended to queries and comments on his chapter-in-book on tajdid in Festschrift in Honor of Professor Osman Bakar. Professor Kamali was invited as a guest speaker for various events; including the RTD “The Return of the Taliban” organized by IIUM on 17 Sept (concluding remarks), the KL conference on Afghanistan on 26 Sept (presenter), the regional conference between Malaysia and Australia in preparation for COP 26 on 12 Oct (opening speech), the ICISR on 16-17 Nov (welcoming remarks), the Selangor Inter-Religious Dialogue Convention 2021 on 25 Nov (welcoming remarks), the 16th AAOIFI-IsFB Conference on 1 Dec (panellist), and finally a regional symposium on the contribution of South-East Asian ulamas on the ethics of war on 2 Dec (keynote speaker). He was also invited as a keynote speaker by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore, for a workshop on the topic of halal industry to be held on 7-8 Nov 2022, in which he also submitted an abstract for a chapter-in-book. His interview with Oasis International Foundation from Italy on the topic of moderation was published online in September and was also translated into Italian and French. He was also consulted by Melinda Taylor, Chief Defence Council at the ICC, to advise on the shariah perspective on the case of Al-Hasan of Mali. He is currently revising and beefing up the first draft of his forthcoming book, My Autobiography c. 66,000 words so far. For the year 2022, Professor Kamali was listed again in the acclaimed annual publication “The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims”.
Ahmad Badri bin Abdullah published a policy brief titled: ‘Restrictions on Early Marriage as Measures To Secure Children Wellbeing’ (Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil & Ahmad Badri Abdullah). He finalised a research projects under the Penang State of Mufti Department with a title: ‘ Analisis Hukum Penggunaan Pelaris dan Pendinding di Kalangan Peniaga di Pulau Pinang’ (Analising the Use of Charms and Emulates among Muslims Business Owners in Penang from the Shariah Perspectives) which was being presented and submitted to the department. He also finalised another project of developing training modules for Lembaga Zakat Selangor’s officials in developing their capacity as certified Islamic wealth-management advisors with the title: ‘Konsep, Prinsip dan Struktur Utama Kewangan Sosial Islam’ (Concepts, Principles and the main Structures Islamic Social Finance). He is currently pursuing research on two Policy Issue Papers entitled: ‘Islam and Circular Economy for Environmental Protection’ (PIP, published in Nov 2021) and ‘Analysing The National Policy on Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTIN) 2021-2030 from an Islamic Perspective’. He is currently involved in a research project with UM Islamic Astronomy lecturers and researchers on a topic: ‘Light Pollution and its Impacts on Life and the Environment: a Maqasid-based Analysis’.
Mohammad Mahbubi Ali published five articles: (1) “Factors Influencing Islamic Financial Inclusion in Indonesia: A Structural Equation Modelling” (Coauthored with Abrista Devi, Hamzah Bustomi, Muhammad Rizky Prima and Hafas Furqani) in Islamic Civilisation Renewal (ICR), Vol 12, No. 2 December 2021; (2) “Addressing the Agricultural Financing Gap in Malaysia via Manihah Agricultural Financing Model: Will Islamic Banks Go the Extra Mile?,” (co-authored with Nur Hasnida Abd Rahman, Mohd Zaidi Md Zabri) in Agricultural Finance Review (Scopus Q1), 2021; (3) “Tasarruf Fudhuli in Islamic Finance”, in IAIS Bulletin, No. 64 Sept-Oct 2021; (4) “Board, Shariah Committee and Senior Management: Update on the BNM Shariah Governance Policy Document”, (Coauthored with Nurul Afidah) in Journal of Muamalat and Islamic Finance Research, vol. 18, No. 2, Dec 2021; and (5) “Masa Depan Ekonomi Syariah Pasca Pandemi”, in Gontor Magazine, September 2021 issue. He conducted a training session on Waqf and Waqf-based Islamic Financial Products for IAIS Malaysia on 11-12 November 2021. He was called by the Ministry of Finance and Economy Brunei Darussalam and The Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) to conduct a training session on ESG Sukuk on 27-28 September 2021. On 17 November, he delivered a keynote speech at the 9th ASEAN Universities International Conference on Islamic Finance (AICIF) organised by the State Islamic University of Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta and at the 5th International Conference on Islamic Studies & Call for Papers 2021 held by the State Islamic Institute of Madura.
Nurul Ain Norman contributed an article entitled “Ibn Sina’s Theory of the Soul: A Taxonomy of Islamic Education”, two event reports for the “Webinar Forum on Wanita dan Cabaran Era Pandemik menurut Perspektif Islam” and the “Webinar Forum on ‘Learning Loss’ di Malaysia: Memahami Isu dan Mencari Solusi”, and an obituary for the late Professor Emeritus Dato’ Abdul Hamid A. Abu Sulayman (1936-2021) in the Islam and Civilisational Renewal, vol.12, no.2 (2021). She also wrote an article for the IAIS Bulletin on Islam and Contemporary Issues, no.64 (September-October 2021) on “Understanding Islamic Art in Southeast Asia”. She was the moderator for the Webinar Forum on ‘Learning Loss’ di Malaysia: Memahami Isu dan Mencari Solusi”, IAIS Malaysia, 30th September 2021 and speaker for the Interfaith Dialogue on Peace and Harmony, Kazakhaztan Embassy and Nazarbayev Centre Development of Interfaith and Inter-Civilization Dialogue, 22 December 2021. She contributed to building critical-thinking teaching modules for the Kritikos Fellowship Project (under MyPhilSoc, PPFPM, MRA and ThinkerAnalytix-Harvard), August-September 2021 and is currently building Persian training modules for beginners with Saadi Foundation, Tehran for the upcoming Persian Language Course. She was the paper reviewer for the ICISR, IAIS Malaysia, 16-17 November 2021 and the 9th Malaysian Philosophy Seminar, PPFPM, 4-6 September 2021. She is now finalising her multi-disciplinary book on “The Children Soul Development Model based on Ibn Sina’s Theory of Soul” designing an educational model based on Islamic philosophical theories and educational designing methods.
Shahino Mah Abdullah contributed two articles for IAIS Bulletin no. 64 and no. 65 namely, “Challenges for circular economy to maintain environmental recovery post pandemic” and “The need of efficient collection, segregation and sorting infrastructures for sustainable recovery”. He also contributed three event reports to both bulletin, in which two was republished in ICR December 2021. He also contributed a viewpoint in the journal issue entitled, “Circular economy and environmental recovery in the post-pandemic period”.
He participated in 1st ICISR as a presenter and submitted an article entitled, “Sustainable recovery and its challenges in the post pandemic period”. He also take part as a rapporteur in four internal events. He published three op-ed articles in several newspapers, namely “How to maintain environmental recovery post-pandemic” (10 December 2021) in the NST, and two articles in Berita Harian entitled “Inisiatif ekonomi mesra alam pacu pemulihan pasca pandemik” (9 September 2021) and “Atasi cabaran ekonomi kitaran tanpa abaikan alam sekitar” (10 December 2021). On 13 December 2021, he participated in an innovation competition namely “International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX2021)” by teaming-up with an engineering research group from University of Kuala Lumpur. The group won a gold medal award for an innovation entitled “Sustainable IoT based environment & industrial monitoring system”, a prototype capable of detecting various environmental pollution in real time for early prevention.
M. Fakhrurrazi Ahmad gave a presentation on ‘The Implications of Covid-19 Pandemic on Mental Health in Malaysia’ at a Research Fellow Seminar on 6 October 2021. He co-authored an article, ‘Utilising Permaculture to Develop Abandoned Waqf Land to Resolve Food Insecurity in Indonesia’ with Mega TR Luik and Ahlis Fathoni for the Global Waqf Conference 2021, which was recently published in the AlBukhary Social Business Journal. He was a panellist at the IAIS Training Programme: ‘Waqf and Waqf-Based Islamic Financial Products’ on 12 November 2021. He wrote an obituary of Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid and a webinar report on ‘Poverty Porn’ vs. Charity and Humanitarian Mission: Empowering Integrity and Professionalism to Establish a World-Class Islamic NGO for ICR Journal Vol. 12 No. 2 (2021). His ongoing research projects include topics on sustainable development, human well-being, and financial inclusion.
Wan Naim Wan Mansor has two ongoing book projects as an editor and contributor, one in its final stages, which is “Maqasid Shariah in Public Policy and Governance”, and the other “Islam and COVID-19: A Multidimensional Perspective". He has also completed an article entitled “The Kalimah Allah Debacle: Competing Narratives in Politics, Law, and Religion” (to be published in the ICR Journal) and a draft Policy Issue Paper on Fiqh Taayush (in collaboration with Prof Dato Dr Mohammad Hashim Kamali and Assoc. Prof. Dr Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil). He has also written two event reports, on “Forum on Malaysia Day 2021 “Unity in the spirit of Malaysian Family” (ICR Dec) and the “Regional Symposium: The Ethics of War and Humanitarian Principles In the Perspective of South-East Asian Ulama” (IAIS Bulletin 65). He is also part of a research team preparing a report for the United Nations on the topic of Religious Freedom in Malaysia. In general, Wan Naim’s ongoing research projects cover topics on Malaysian Political Islam, Shariah-oriented policies (Siyasah Shar’iyyah), and inter-faith engagements.
Sayuti Mansor recently published a journal article (in Arabic) entitled ‘Bayn Mafhūmay al-Jihād wa’l-Irhāb: Dirāsah fī al-Mafhūm wa’l-Ahdāf li-Ḥarakah al-Qā‘idah wa Tanẓīm Dā‘ish Anmūdhajan’ [Between Jihād and Terrorism: An Introspection on Its Concepts and Purposes with Reference to the al-Qaeda and ISIS Movements], Jurnal Fiqh 18, No. 2 (2021). He also has been nominated as the winner of the 4th writing contest for Sunan Kalijaga International Journal of Islamic Civilization (SK.IJIC) with his journal article entitled ‘Islamisation Theories of Malay Culture: Issues and Responses.’ He also contributed a book reviews in the Islam and Civilisational Renewal (ICR) Journal, reviewing Fahd Sāliḥ al-‘Ajlān’s book - Al-Taḥrīm wa al-Tajrīm fī Bayān al-‘Alāqah bayn al-Taḥrīm al-Shar‘ī wa al-Tajrīm al-Qānūnī [Prohibition and Criminalisation: Explaining the Relationship Between the Shariah’s Prohibition and the Law’s Criminalisation]. His forthcoming publications include a journal article ‘Pencapaian dan Sumbangan Alumni Akademi Pengajian Islam Universiti Malaya (APIUM) dalam Pengajian Syariah di Malaysia,’ as a co-writer with Assoc. Prof. Dr Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil. Besides, he continues his regular presentation at the [email protected], giving online lectures ‘Introduction to the Shariah/Al-Madkhal ila Dirasah al-Shari‘ah.’