IAIS works to provide pragmatic advice based on sound knowledge regarding issues facing Islamic societies and governments. Here are excerpts of policy recommendations from research articles in our Journal Islam and Civilisational Renewal.
Vol. 3 No. 3 April 2012
Policy Recommendations from the ICR 3.3 (April 2012)
Osman Bakar, “The Qur’ānic Identity of the Muslim Ummah: Tawhidic Epistemology as Its Foundation and Sustainer”
- Centres of Islamic studies need to intensify research on issues of ummatic identity given its importance to the health and dignity of the ummah;
- There should be more teaching and research programmes on epistemology from the Islamic perspectives in the Muslim world that will result in much needed publications on the subject;
- Leadership-followership issues and the issue of the unity of the ‘ulamā’ and umarā’ need to be further articulated for the benefit of the general public;
- Islam’s knowledge and thinking-culture needs to be better understood and cultivated by the Muslims with the view of strengthening the ummatic identity.
Mohammad Hashim Kamali, “Tourism and the Ḥalāl Industry: A Global Sharī‘ah Perspective”
- In Malaysia, government departments, universities and institutions of research should coordinate their efforts more effectively in the development and standardisation of sharī‘ah-rules of concern to Islamic tourism and the ḥalāl industry;
- Islamic tourism companies and operators should continue to improve and diversify their products and services and provide more attractive packages that respond to the needs of Muslims worldwide;
- Governments and the general public everywhere should do their utmost to curb violence and terrorist activities, which paralyse everyday life and are especially damaging to the tourist industry.
Rosnani Hashim, “Muslim Private Higher Educational Institutions in Malaysia: Issues and Challenges”
Muslim private higher education institutions (PHEIs) should
- offer programmes that are sensitive to the changing needs and demands of the market to ensure its viability and also consistent with policies of the ministry of higher education;
- maintain their philosophy by making Islamic philosophy or worldview the core of all disciplines so as to tie the sciences as a unit;
- provide community-oriented extra-curricular activities for the development of character, leadership, practical and social skills.
Saim Kayadibi, “Islamic Civilisation: Awakening Parameters”
- Muslim civic initiatives and the conscious efforts by Islamic nations must develop their intellectual and material resources for strengthening and expanding the global network of the leading Muslim scientific, educational, economic and cultural institutions in order to promote more effective cooperation, a combined pursuit of shared goals, and clarity of purpose and method
- The expansion of this ummah-wide network will facilitate the recovery of Islamic ontological self-awareness, alleviate ‘civilisational amnesia’, and powerfully encourage rethinking and reclaiming the key universal values for realising the new world system where Islam plays a vital and leading role
Adeyemo Lateef Kayode & Mobolaji Hakeem Ishola, “Islamic Banking Practices and The Need for Ethical Concerns”
- There is a need to guard against all sorts of indiscipline on the part of all the stakeholders in the industry;
- Islamic banking and finance is based on divine injunctions that should be interpreted accordingly with an eye on ethics as well;
- Further research needs to be done on how to integrate IBF into jurisdictions that are essentially multicultural.
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