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Monthly ArchiveFebruary 2014

Official Visit | Dr Farhan Nizami | 9th April 2013

Academic Visit | Japan | 18th – 22nd March 2013

AP Dr Azman and Prof. Osman with academic staff of Institute of Advanced Asian Studies, Tokyo University

AP Dr Azman and Prof. Osman with academic staff of Institute of Advanced Asian Studies, Tokyo University

SOASCIS paid a five-day working visit to four top-ranking universities in Japan from 18 to 22 March, 2013 with the view of furthering academic collaboration with each of them. The four universities visited were Kyoto University, Doshisha University in Kyoto, Tokyo University and Sophia University, Tokyo. SOASCIS was represented in the visit by AP Dr Azman Ahmad, UBD’s Assistant Vice Chancellor (Academic) and its Director, Professor Datuk Dr Osman Bakar.
An MOU was signed at Kyoto University between its School of Asian and African Area Studies (ASAFAS) and SOASCIS after which a seminar was convened on the theme Islam in Asia: Engaging the Community. The seminar was jointly organised by the School’s Centre for Islamic Area Studies (KIAS) headed by Professor Yasushi Kosugi and SOASCIS. SOASCIS’ papers were presented by Dr Azman and Professor Osman and KIAS’ papers by Professor Kosugi and AP Dr Shinsuke Nagaoke.

Official Visit | Mr Masagos Zulkifli | 17th January 2013

Dr Gubara Said Hassan

Untitled2Dr. Gubara Said Hassan is a specialist in International Relations with a focus on Islamic Governance, Middle Eastern and African Politics. He is currently a lecturer at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam, where he teaches Islamic Governance, International Relations, Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. He is also an adjunct professor at the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Canada. He had been a researcher and lecturer at Bishop’s University and Carleton University, Canada, the University of Helsinki, Finland, University of Oklahoma at Norman, U.S.A. and a Fulbright visiting scholar at Texas A&M University, U.S.A, and University of Bergen, Norway.

He has also contributed significantly to policy reports on International Terrorism and Foreign Aid and Darfur for the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 2003 and the Government of Finland and the European Union (2007) respectively. Dr. Hassan has also co-authored and published many book chapters and articles and participated in various international conferences, forums and symposia.

Email: gubara.hassan@ubd.edu.bn
Ext: 2746
Room No: 1.26 | 1st Floor, FASS

Pg. Dr Norhazlin binti Pg. Hj Muhammad

Untitled1Pg. Dr Norhazlin Pg. Haji Muhammad is currently the Director of Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). She obtained her early education at Arabic Schools in Brunei Darussalam, completed a Master of Education in Islamic Education from the International Islamic University of Malaysia in 2003. Her master Research project was on a Comparative Study between Al-Ghazzali and John Dewey’s Philosophies of Education. In 2010, she awarded doctorate in Islamic Studies from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom in the area of Educational System in Brunei Darussalam in the light of Al-Attas’ Philosophy of Education.

She has previous experienced as the Islamic Education Coordinator and Breadth Module Convenor at Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education, Research Coordinator and Deputy Director for five years at SOASCIS, UBD and currently as a Member and the Country Representative for The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) based in Southeast Asia. She has also previously experienced as invited Lecturer for several years at Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College, Brunei Darussalam. In 2013, Pg Dr Norhazlin was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, United Kingdom. Her research was titled Transitional Learning of Islamic Studies in the West: Its Philosophy, Curriculum, and Challenges and in 2014 she attached to Prince Al-Waleed Centre of Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. USA for three months as a Visiting Research Fellow conducting further research on her project on a comparative study of Islamic studies in Britain and America.

She specializes in Islamic Philosophy of Education, Islamic Studies, Islamic Curriculum, Pedagogy of Teaching Islamic Education and System of Education in Brunei Darussalam. Her research interests include, comparative study between Islamic and Western philosophies of education, study on traditional and contemporary Muslim scholars’ model of thoughts, Muslim and Western patterns of education, Brunei Law and Islamic Law, Islam and Women Issues Child Protection in Islamic perspective and Waqf in Brunei Darussalam. Her latest publication include the Empowerment of Women and Girls in Southeast Asia, UNESCO, A Better World: Actions and Commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals, London: Tudor Rose by Osman Bakar, Norhazlin Muhammad & Ariffin Abu Bakar, 2016. She can be reached at norhazlin.muhammad@ubd.edu.bn.


Implementation of the “Integrated Education System in Brunei Darussalam: Issues and Challenges

Norhazlin Binti Pg Haji Muhammad, Dato Osman Bakar & Basil Mustafa

Universiti Brunei Darussalam,  Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies &
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (in Asia) Vol.7, No. 4, 2013




Email: norhazlin.muhammad@ubd.edu.bn
Ext: 1444
Room No: 2.19

Professor Datuk Dr Osman Bakar

UntitledProfessor Datuk Dr Osman Bakar was appointed Chair Professor at SOASCIS, UBD on 5th September, 2012 and its first full-time Director on 1st January, 2013. A former mathematician, he earned a doctorate in Islamic philosophy from Temple University, Philadelphia, USA. An Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, he was also its former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) (1995-2000), Malaysia Chair of Southeast Asian Islam (2000-2005) at the Prince Talal al-Waleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington DC, Professor of Islamic Thought and Civilisation at ISTAC, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) (2005-2008), and Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO), International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, Malaysia (IAIS) (2008-2012).

A Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Department of History of Science, Harvard University (1992), Dr Bakar is an author of 18 books and more than 300 articles on various aspects of Islamic thought and civilization, particularly Islamic science and philosophy and Islam in Southeast Asia. Several of his writings have been translated into numerous languages, including Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, Chinese, Persian, Indonesian Malay, Urdu, and Bosnian. He was a member of the Council of 100 Leaders of the West-Islamic World Initiative for Dialogue founded by the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland. In 2009 he was included in the list of Malaysia’s twenty leading intellectuals and in 2010 and 2012 he was named among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world. In 1994, he was made a Dato’ by HH the Sultan of Pahang, and in 2000 a Datuk by DYMM the Malaysian King.




Email:  osman.bakar@ubd.edu.bn
Ext: 1901
Room No: 2.02

Post Conference Seminar | 2

Integrated Education System: Its Philosophy and Implementation

in Brunei Darussalam”


 Pg Dr Norhazlin Pg Hj Muhammad

Deputy Director, SOASCIS


The issue of a dualist system of education has been largely discussed among Muslim scholars and intellectuals all over the world. Efforts have been made by scholars by proposing different ideas and approaches towards achieving an ideal Islamic curriculum.

This seminar aims to share the experience of Brunei Darussalam in implementing a design model of Islamic curriculum. The idea of designing Islamic curriculum model was formally discussed among educationists in 1998, although the issue of dualism of education in Brunei was raised much earlier, in the 1970s.

Towards achieving this, on January 3, 2004, the Ministry of Education in Brunei Darussalam implemented the ‘Integrated Education System’ in all primary schools in Brunei Darussalam. This system was implemented for only two years (2004-2005).

A fieldwork research study using a survey questionnaire was conducted in 2008 with 114 general primary school teachers to explore the issues and challenges in implementing the system.

The findings have shown that although the issue of dualism in education is currently a significant topic of discussion within Muslim societies, the teachers educationist are far behind in realizing this issue, ostensibly because they have not been exposed to the matter.

There are also other issues and challenges in implementing this system, which will be discussed in the seminar.

MOU | SOASCIS – CILE | 25th May 2013

(Left to right) Pg Dr Norhazlin Pg Hj Muhammad, Professor Datuk Osman Bakar, Professor Dr Tariq Ramadan, and Dr Albakry

(Left to right) Pg Dr Norhazlin Pg Hj Muhammad, Professor Datuk Osman Bakar, Professor Dr Tariq Ramadan, and Dr Albakry