Pensharah WISE 2016
Muhammad Zainiy Uthman (Prof. Dr., Pengarah, CASIS)
Muhammad Zainiy Uthman, director at the Center for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation (CASIS), Malaysia Technology University (UTM), obtained his B.Sc. (1986) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA). After having completed his M.A. (1990) from the University of Chicago, he joined the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) in 1991 as Junior Research Fellow at the invitation of Professor al-Attas. Upon the completion of his Ph.D. at ISTAC in 1997, he served as Research Fellow, then Senior Research Fellow. He was Associate Professor and Curator of ISTAC Library from 2002-2003 and was later awarded the British Chevening Fellowship (2003-2004) where he spent an academic year at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. In 2005-2006 he returned to Oxford as Visiting Fellow at the same centre. He translated al-Attas’ The Meaning and Experience of Happiness in Islam into Malay (ISTAC, 2002). With Wan Mohd Nor Wan Daud he co-edited a book entitled Knowledge, Language, Thought and The Civilization of Islam: Essays in Honor of Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas (UTM, 2010).
Mohd Zaidi Ismail (Timbalan Ketua Pengarah, Dr., IKIM)
Mohd Zaidi Ismail obtained Bachelor Degree in Economics (Hons.) from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in 1992; Masters degree (M.A.) in Islamic Thought from International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) (1995), with a thesis titled “The Sources of Knowledge in al-Ghazālī: A Psychological Framework of Epistemology”; and Doctorate of Philosophy, also in Islamic Thought from the same institute (2006), with a dissertation titled “Existence (al-wujūd) and its Relation to Quiddity (al-māhiyyah) in the Later Ashʿarite Kalām: With Special Reference to ʿAḍud al-Dīn al-Ῑjī’s al-Mawāqif and al-Sayyid al-Sharīf ʿAlī al-Jurjānī’s Sharḥ al-Mawāqif”. His academic experience includes serving as Assistant Research Fellow, ISTAC (1992-1995); Research Fellow, ISTAC (1995-2003); Lecturer at the Department of General Studies, Kulliyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, IIUM (2004-2006); and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Science and Environment Studies, Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM) (2006-2013). Beginning from January 2014, he has been Principal Fellow at IKIM, an academic post equivalent to a professorial position. He has also been tasked as the Director of the aforementioned Centre since January 2007 as well as Managing Editor of TAFHIM: IKIM Journal of Islam and the Contemporary World since 2010. Among his published works are: Islam and Higher-Order Thinking: An Overview (IKIM, 2014); Good Governance: Adab-Oriented Tadbīr in Islām, co-authored with Dr. Mohd Sani bin Badron (IKIM, 2011); and The Sources of Knowledge in al-Ghazālī’s Thought: A Psychological Framework of Epistemology (ISTAC, 2002).
Mohd Sani Badron (Felow Utama, Dr., IKIM)
Mohd Sani Badron was awarded a Bachelor Degree of Laws (LLB) from IIUM in 1993; M.A. and Ph.D in Islamic Thought, ISTAC, respectively in 1998 and 2006. His M.A. thesis subject was “Ibn al-‘Arabi’s Conception of Religion” while his Ph.D dissertation was entitled “Ibn al-‘Arabi on Divine Unity.” His career began at ISTAC as Research Assistant (1993-1998) followed by Research Fellow (1998-2002). After IIUM took over the control of the Institute, he then held the position as Lecturer at the same Institute (2002-2003), and then at the Department of Usuluddin and Comparative Religion, IIUM (2003-2006). Starting April 2006, he has worked as Senior Fellow, Center for Economic and Social Studies at the Institute for Islamic Understanding (IKIM), and became the Director/Principle Fellow at the center. He assisted Prof. Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas in the publication of the Professor’s Risalah untuk Kaum Muslimin (in Malay, 2001), Tinjauan Ringkas Peri Ilmu dan Pandangan Alam (in Malay, 2007), and the typing for manuscript of Islam and the Malay World.
Mohd Farid Mohd Shahran (Felow Kanan, Dr., IKIM)
Mohd Farid Mohd Shahran is the Director of the Research Centre for Shari‘ah, Law and Politics at the Institute of Islamic Understanding (IKIM). Before that he was a Deputy Dean at the Department of Usuluddin and Comparative Religion, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, IIUM. He obtained his first degree in the revealed knowledge studies and Islamic heritage in fiqh and usul-fiqh from that University and obtained degrees in Masters and Doctorate in Islamic Thought from ISTAC. His M.A. thesis was about knowledge of mantiq (logic) while his Ph.D dissertation was about the thoughts of Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī. His career began as Research Assistant, ISTAC (1995-1998), Research Fellow, ISTAC (1999-2003), and then as Lecturer at IIUM (2003-2011). He is involved as a member in the Aqidah Expert Council of JAKIM and a member Fatwa Council of Negeri Sembilan. In addition to writing papers for academic journals, magazines and newspapers, he also presented working papers in various seminars locally and internationally and delivered series of talk and courses about religion, creed (aqidah) and ethics at National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN), Institute for Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM) and several training institutes throughout Malaysia. Amongst the writings he has produced are Isu-isu dalam Pendidikan Pemikiran Islam (2008), Manhaj Pendidikan Gerakan Islam (2009), Akidah dan Pemikiran: Isu dan Cabaran, and Pluralisme Agama: Satu Penilaian Islami (editor).
Wan Suhaimi Wan Abdullah (Prof. Madya, Dr., CASIS)
Wan Suhaimi Wan Abdullah is currently Associate Professor at Center for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilization (CASIS), UTM. He obtained Bachelor Degree from the Faculty of Usuluddin, University of al-Azhar with specialization in aqidah and philosophy (1992), Masters Degree in Islamic Philosophy from the Faculty of Dar al-'Ulum, University of Cairo (1998) with research titled: al-Ilahiyyat min al-Mu'tabar li Abi al-Barakat al-Baghdadi: Tahqiq wa Dirasah; and doctorate degree in the field of Islamic Thought from ISTAC (2007), with research titled: Abu al-Barakat al-Baghdadi's Psychology and Its Place in Islamic Philosophy: A Critical Edition of Kitab al-Nafs from al-Mu'tabar fi al-Hikmah, with An Analysis and Annotated Translation of Selected Texts. He is active in various intellectual-based activities including presenting working papers in seminars local and international including in Indonesia, Iran, Greece, Jerman, Holland and Kosovo, and was a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Leiden (Feb-Jul 2008 and June-Oct 2009) and at Centre d'Histoire des Sciences et des Philosophies Arabes et Islamiques, University of Paris, Paris (Oct-Nov 2009). He has published academic papers in journals locally and internationally.He is the Co-Editor for the Malay festschrift of Professor al-Attas entitled: Adab Dan Peradaban: Karya Pengiktirafan Untuk Syed Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas (Kuala Lumpur: MPH Publishing, 2012)
Khalif Muammar A. Harris (Prof. Madya, Dr., CASIS)
Khalif Muammar A. Harris, is a lecturer and coordinator of academic affairs at the Center for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation (CASIS), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, obtained his B.A. (Shari’ah and Islamic Studies) from Mu’tah University, Jordan (1998); M.A. (Islamic Civilisation) from International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), IIUM in 2003; and Ph.D (Islamic Civilisation) also from ISTAC in 2008. Prior to his appointment at CASIS, he served as a Research Fellow at the Institute of the Malay World and Civilisation (ATMA), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia) 2007-February 2011. Dr Khalif has written, edited, translated several books such as Atas Nama Kebenaran: Tanggapan Kritis Terhadap Wacana Islam Liberal (Kajang: Akademi Kajian Ketamadunan, 2006 and Second edition by Institut Alam dan Tamadun Melayu, UKM, 2009); a Malay-Indonesian translation of Islam and Secularism (written by Professor Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas) Bandung, 2010. He also wrote several articles including an article co-authored with Professor Wan Mohd Nor Wan Daud, “Kerangka Kromprehensif Pemikiran Melayu Abad ke-17 Masihi: Kajian Terhadap Durr al-Fara’id oleh Nuruddin al-Raniri” (A Comprehensive Framework of Malay Thought in 17th Century: A Study of Durr al-Fara’id by Nuruddin al-Raniri) SARI (2009); “Ilmu Ketatanegaraan Melayu Abad ke-19: Kajian Terhadap Karya Raja Ali Haji” (The Malay Science of Governance in 19th Century: A Study of the Work of Raja Ali Haji), SARI (2011).
Roslan Abd Jelani
Roslan Abd Jailani is Administrative and Diplomatic Officer (PTD) with the Government of Malaysia since 1992. He had previously served at the Institute of Language and Literature Malaysia (DBP), the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN), the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), the Ministry of Finance (MOF), and the Ministry of Housing and Local Government. He was also a Special Tasks Officer to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. He is frequently involved in delivering lectures in seminars and courses at national level in the fields of Islamic management, values and ethics, and had developed several comprehensive training modules to be incorporated in academic book publications under NADI programme, Institute of Language and Literature Malaysia (DBP). He is currently pursuing a doctorate degree at the Centre for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation (CASIS), UTM KL.
Asmaa' Mohd Arshad (Dr.)
Dr. Asmaa’ Mohd Arshad merupakan pensyarah Academy of Contemporary Islamic Studies (ACIS) yang berpusat di Universiti Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam. Mendapat pendidikan di peringkat Sarjana Muda di Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM) dalam bidang Ilmu Wahyu dan Sains Kemanusiaan. Selanjutnya beliau meneruskan pengajian Sarjana dalam bidang Tamadun Islam di International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) sebelum meneruskan pengajian Doktor Falsafah dalam bidang Pendidikan di Universiti Malaya. Berpengalaman sebagai Fello Penyelidik di ISTAC sebelum berkhidmat sebagai Pensyarah di Institut Pendidikan, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia.