Ongoing Research

Research Updates - (January - April 2019)

Professor Mohammad Hashim Kamali completed writing his book, ‘Lawful and Unlawful in Shariah and the Halal Industry’ and awaiting reviews/comments from OUP.  He co-authored with Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil and Nur Ilham Ramli, “Domestic Violence as a Ground for Dissolution of Marriage”, PIP no: 7; and PIP No: 8 with Tengku Ahmad Hazri, Nur Ilham Ramli and Wan Naim Wan Mansor, “Challenges Facing the Shariah Judiciary in Malaysia”. He also completed a chapter on “Between Separation and Unity: The Interplay of Law and Morality in Islamic Jurisprudence,” (10,284 words) to a book on Sharia in the 21 Century, to be published by World Scientific Publishing Europe Ltd.He published in New Straits Times: “Tayyib & Fitrah: Food and Salvation,” 11 January 2019. Professor Kamali gave opening remarks at Seminar, “The Role of Religion in the Quest for Peaceful Coexistence,” 5 January.  He presented a paper on “Writing Academic Papers: Common Mistakes and Reminders”, at Research Camp for Academic and Policy Research on 21 February.  He was a discussant at two Roundtable Discussions – the first, with the delegation of Postgraduate Centre of Institute Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Metro Lampung Indonesia on 12 March and the other on Abolishing Death Penalty on 19 March. All the events were held at IAIS Malaysia.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil has published Domestic Violence as A Ground for Dissolution of Marriage (with Mohammad Hashim Kamali & Nur Ilham Ramli), PIP No. 7, 2019; Pandangan Syariah bagi Hukman Mati, Muka Sepuluh, Berita Harian, 5 Januari 2019; and An Essential Addition to The Federal Constitution, NST, 4 April 2019. Panelist, French Talk: Is There a Malaysian Way of Thinking Islam?, Organised by  Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur and The French Embassy, Kuala Lumpur, 14 January 2019; Speaker, Harmonisasi Undang-undang Islam-Sivil di Malaysia, Terengganu Integrity & Strategic Studies Institute(T-ISSI), 22 January 2019; Speaker, RTD on Pengislaman Kanak-kanak dan Penentuan Umur Baligh Kanak-kanak Bagi Tujuan Pengislaman, Pemelukan Islam Kanak-Kanak Menurut Undang-undang: Implikasi Pasca Kes Indira Ghandi, MAIS, 20 Februari 2019; and Speaker, KLIFF 2019 Muzakarah Penasihat Shariah Kewangan Islam 2019 Kali Ke – 13, Sukuk Hijau: Peluang dan Cabaran, 11 April 2019. He moderated programmes organised by IAIS from January – April 2019.  He was live interviewed in the programme “Sila Duduk Jangan Lari”, Topic: Hukuman Bunuh: Mansuh Atau Tidak, TV Al-Hijrah, 29 January 2019.

Alexander Wain recently published an article in the New Straits Times, entitled ‘Legacy of Southeast Asia’s Muslim Women Rulers,’ which will be republished as a viewpoint in ICR 10:1. Forthcoming publications include 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 Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas’s general theory 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 recently published an article in the New Straits Times (17 April 2019), entitled ‘A child trust lifeline with corporate Zakat’ and a short piece in the IAIS Bulletin (Jan-Feb 2019 issue), called ‘Dealing with Shariah non-compliant transaction in Islamic contracts’. His co-authored article, ‘Shariah governance in the face of value-based intermediation: Islamic banking to thrive beyond Halal’ was presented at the International Halal Conference on 23-24 April 2019 in Osaka Japan. He also conducted a one-day seminar on ‘Tawarruq and Beyond Tawarruq’, organised by RedMoney on 20 February 2019 at the InterContinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Mahbubi’s ongoing research projects include the Islamic finance masterplan for the Republic of Kazakhstan, Occasional Paper on tawarruq, ICR viewpoint on Tabung Haji and the IAIS Policy Issues Paper on maqashid Shariah in muamalat and contracts.

Ahmad Badri bin Abdullah finalised an occasional paper (OPS) with other members of science unit entitled “Artificial Intelligence and the Ethical Issues in Human Society: An Islamic Perspective” and a Policy Issue Paper (PIP) entitled: “The Many Challenges Facing The Halal Vaccine Industry”. His article entitled Vaccination: Addressing Ethical Remedies and Trust Deficit appeared in the News Straits Times on 20 February, 2019. He also finalizing some other projects such as PIPs entitled: “Malay Traditional and Contemporary Customs From The Shari’ah Perspectives” and “Inculcating Islamic Ethical Values in Developing National AI Framework” with Dr. Shahino Mah Abdullah.  He is also compiling and editing a book which is a conference proceeding entitled: “ Maqasid al-Shari’ah in Governance and Public Policies”.

Adha Shaleh has participated in several events at IAIS and beyond, including Research Camp for Academic and Policy Research; Roundtable Discussion on Abolishing Death Penalty; Forum on Uyghur’s Plight: Countering Extremism or Religious Discrimination; Doing Well While Doing Good as a Social Entrepreneur (INCEIF). He co presented a model on youth financial and entrepreneurial leadership at the Central Bank Malaysia. He has co authored a policy paper with Prof Mohammad Hashim Kamali, entitled ‘Disruptive Trends in Education: Islamic and Contemporary Perspectives. He is currently exploring the following topics on An Education Social Enterprise (ICR), Experiential Learning: A Gateway for Community Development (a focus monograph for an academic press in Singapore).

Apnizan Abdullah has published a chapter in book entitled, “The Application of Hibah in Islamic Finance Sphere: Issues & Proposals for Regulatory Reform”, featured in an edited book by Assoc Prof Dr Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil and Prof Dr Mohammad Hashim Kamali Islamic Law in Malaysia : Issues, Developments and Challenges”.  Her short article, “Malaysia A Global Leader in Islamic Banking” was published in NewStraits Times on.  7 February 2019.  Among her completed research projects are  “Sadaqah as a social finance instruments in Malaysia: Selected Proposed Models”, “Sadaqah as a social finance instruments in for Child Protection Agenda in Malaysia: Selected Proposed Models”,  “Why Halal matters in Malaysia should be centralised under the federal jurisdiction: An Appraisal” and “Value-Based Intermediation (VBI): A maqasidi approach within Islamic banking and finance framework”. 

Tengku Ahmad Hazri completed an introductory article to a volume on ‘Islam and Democracy’ and a viewpoint, ‘The Evolution of Democracy in Islamic Thought’ (IAIS Bulletin, Jan-Feb 2019), in addition to a published co-authored policy paper, Challenges Facing the Shariah Judiciary in Malaysia (IAIS Malaysia Policy Issue Papers, No. 8, February 2019). His articles have also appeared in CLJ Bulletin, ‘The Evolution of National Identity in Malaysia’ Issue #6/2019, [2019] 1 LNS(A) xix, and ‘The Basic Structure Doctrine and Malaysia’s Judicial Turf Wars’ Issue #12/2019 [2019] LNS(A) xxxviii. Currently, his research focuses on ‘The Nation-State in Contemporary Islamic Thought’, as part of his wider research on Islam and constitutionalism. 

Shahino Mah Abdullah contributed article and viewpoints for ICR (published on 24th January 2019), namely, “Revisiting Traditional, Modern, and Islamic Values in Addressing Haze Issues” and “Intelligent Robot and the Legal Rights: An Islamic Perspective”, respectively. He also contributed articles for IAIS Bulletin in the previous and current issues entitled, “Social limit in a human-robot relationship” and “Intelligent adaptive learning as complementary to enhance the education system”, respectively. His article has also published in the newspaper, namely “Sungai nadi kehidupan bukan untuk dicemari” (Berita Harian, 21st March 2019). As one of the Science, Technology, Environment and Ethic unit members, he was involved in the preparation of river care module in both English and Malay versions for the Global Environment Centre. His collaboration work with the University of Malaya in the field of green technology entitled, “Highly sensitive capacitive cell based on a novel CuTsPc-TiO2 nanocomposite electrolytic solution for low-temperature sensing applications”, was published online in the ‘Sensors and Actuators A: Physical’ (Elsevier) in February. His internal collaboration work on Islam and Artificial Intelligent has been submitted for IAIS Occasional Paper Series and currently, under review.

Wan Naim Wan Mansor published an article entitled “Majority Rule Minority Rights” for the NST on January 25. His Policy Issue Paper (PIP) on the Challenges Facing the Shariah Judiciary was also recently published, a result of collaboration with three other IAIS researchers. He had published two event reports for the IAIS Bulletin on the Institute’s Tenth Anniversary Seminar (November 2018) and the International Seminar on the Role of Religion in the Quest for Peaceful Coexistence (January 2019). He was also part of collaborative team that prepared a report to the Minister of Religious Affairs, on the RTD regarding Abolishing the Death Penalty. He was rapporteur for three events, the RTD on Abolishing Death Penalty, forum on the Uyghur crisis, and forum regarding Shaykh Bin Bayyah’s thought.  He also completed an article on Wasatiyyah in collaboration with another researcher from UKM, to be sent to an academic publisher.

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