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AP Dr Shaikh Abdul Mabud

Dr Shaikh Abdul Mabud is Associate Professor at SOASCIS, UBD. Prior to joining UBD he was Deputy Director General (1983-1999) and then Director General (1999-2015) of the Islamic Academy in Cambridge, United Kingdom working in the area of Islamic education, science and religion for over 30 years. In his early academic career he taught Physics for 10 years at the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh and the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA. His main areas of interest are (1) Western philosophies of education and their impact on the curriculum of Muslim countries; and (2) the Islamic philosophy of education. During his tenure at the Islamic Academy he has organised many educational seminars in collaboration with the Department of Education, University of Cambridge. He is the editor of Cambridge-based educational journal, Muslim Education Quarterly, which deals with the problems of Muslim education in various countries of the world. He has published many articles in scientific and educational journals, and is the author of several books. He holds a PhD in Physics and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, both from the University of Cambridge.

Dr Abdul Mabud is a Fellow of the Royal Society Arts (FRSA); a Life Fellow of Cambridge Philosophical Society; Member of the Steering Committee of the Peace Education Standing Commission (PESC) which is a branch of the World Conference on Religion and Peace (WCRP), New York, USA; Corresponding Editor of PANORAMA: International Journal of Comparative Religious Education and Values published from Germany; and a Member of the International Advisory Board for the Journal of Islamic and Arabic Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia). He has visited many countries of the world and delivered papers and lectures at international conferences.

He was one of the organisers of the 5th, 6th, 7th and the 8th World Conferences on Muslim Education.


Email: shaikh.mabud@ubd.edu.bn
Ext: 2821
Room No: 2.21

Dr Gibril Fouad Haddad

Dr. Gibril Fouad Haddad is a Senior Assistant Professor at SOASCIS in Applied Comparative Tafsir. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon and studied in the UK, US, France, Lebanon and Syria. He holds a Doctorate from Kolej Universiti Insaniah, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York where he was the recipient of several fellowships including one at the prestigious École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. He also graduated summa cum laude from the New York University Latin and Greek Institute. Dr. Haddad spent nine years of study in Damascus, Syria (1997-2006) and has received ijaza (certificates) from over 150 shaykhs.

He has lectured on Qur’an, Hadith, Prophetic Biography (Sīra) and Sufism in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the US, UK, Sweden, Lebanon, Syria, Morocco, the Republic of South Africa and Mauritius. He is the author of over three dozen books, most recently the first critical edition and transla­tion and first book-length study in Eng­lish on the first Ḥizb of Tafsir al-Baydawi, a 900-page work published jointly by UBD Press and Beacon Books (UK). Published works include The Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur’an, The Encyclopedia of Hadith Forgeries, and The Muhammadan Light in the Qur’an and Hadith as well as hundreds of articles, most recently “Tropology and Inimitability: Ibn ʿĀshūr’s Theory of Tafsīr in the Ten Prolegomena to al-Taḥrīr wal-Tanwīr” and “Quietism and end-time reclusion in the Qur’ān and Hadith: al-Nābulusī and his book Takmīl al-nuʿūt within the ʿuzla genre” (forthcoming). Dr. Haddad was hailed in the inaugural edition of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World as “one of the clearest voices of traditional Islam in the West.” He is presently working on the first critical edition and translation of Ahmed Ziyâeddin al-Gümüşhanevi’s Hadith source-index entitled Rāmūz al-Aādīth.



Email: gabriel.haddad@ubd.edu.bn
Ext: 2822
Room No: 2.25

Dr Surin Pitsuwan

Distinguished Professor in Studies of Islam and the ASEAN Community


Dr Surin Pitsuwan received his primary and secondary education in his home province of Nakorn Sri Thammarat, Southern Thailand. Except for his first two years of study as an undergraduate at Thammasat University in Bangkok, one of Thailand’s best known universities, Dr Surin Pitsuwan spent his entire tertiary education in the United States. He earned his MA and PhD in political science from Harvard University. His entire Harvard career was supported by the Winston S. Churchill Association, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation Fellowships. He also spent a year and a half studying Arabic and conducting his research at the American University in Cairo, 1975-1977, while concurrently a fellow at the Higher Council for Islamic Research, Cairo, Egypt.

Dr Surin spent his post-doctoral academic career at the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University from 1978 to 1986 rising through the ranks to become a full Professor. Later he joined politics and rose to the position of Thailand’s Foreign Minister, the highest in his political career (1997 – 2001). Dr Surin became the 12th Secretary-General of ASEAN (2008 – 2012).  He contributed so much to the development of ASEAN not only when he was its Secretary-General but also when he was the Foreign Minister of Thailand.

Two of his most recognized accomplishments in dealing with ASEAN affairs were [1] first, spearheading the Asian countries to help restore law and order in East Timor during the violent uprising in the aftermath of the Referendum in August 1999, and [2] second, leading the ASEAN Member States and the United Nations and other international institutions such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and various other International NGOs to enter Myanmar to rescue that country from the catastrophe of Cyclone Nargis in May 2008 and remained there until the mission was accomplished in December 2010.

In recognition of his many contributions to society, national and international, Dr Surin Pitsuwan has been conferred numerous awards, including a dozen or so honorary doctorate degrees from universities both in the East and in the West.


Associate Professor Dr Jabal Buaben

Website - 50Associate Professor Dr Jabal M. Buaben began his academic career as a trained teacher and underwent a Programme of Study for a Specialist Certificate in the Teaching of Science and later worked as a Science Education Organiser within the Ministry of Education in the Berekum District of Ghana. With underlying interest in Religious Studies, he obtained his B.A [Hons.] Dip. Ed. Degree from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, specialising in Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion. He pursued his MA and PhD in the University of Birmingham, U.K., in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, then later taught for nine years at the International Islamic University, Malaysia. He joined the Faculty at the University of Birmingham in 1996 and was the Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, for four years. Jabal taught at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate MA levels and supervised 24 Doctoral Research Degrees in Islamic Studies and Theology at the University of Birmingham.


He has been involved in public lectures on Islam in countries including: The United Kingdom, Germany, Hungary, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, The Seychelles, The Philippines and South Africa. He has also attended and given papers at many International Conferences / Seminars especially in the field of Islamic Studies, Interfaith/ Intercultural Dialogue and Religion and Science.


Membership of Academic organisations: Association of Muslim Social Scientists [U.K.]; Science and Religion Forum [U.K.]; The Shap Working Committee on World Religions and Education [U.K.]; The Interfaith Network [U.K.]  1998 -2008; Christian-Muslim Forum under the auspices of the Archbishop of Canterbury, London, 2007 – 2009; Board Member of the Standing Conference of Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe for Inter-Religious Dialogue[JCM]  1998 – to date.


Areas of Interest in Teaching, Research and Graduate Research Supervision include:

  • Islamic Studies, [Especially in the areas of the Seerah and Islamic Da‘wah],
  • Religion and Science, Interfaith / Intercivilizational Dialogue, and African Traditional Religious Thought.


Contact detail:

Email: jabal.buaben@ubd.edu.bn
Ext: 2823
Room No: 2.23

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