Professor Amin Abdul Aziz

Director | Senior Professor

Professor Amin Abdul Aziz is Senior Professor of Islamic Governance at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and Consultant Professor at the Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA). He specialises in the Shari’ah Sciences (legal theory) and its application in political sociology. He teaches the modules ‘Islamic Governance’ and ‘Political Islam’ on the Master in Public Policy and Management as well as on the ‘Master of Government’ degree programmes. He has also taught extensively on the Executive Development Programme for Senior Government Officers (EDP SGO), the EDP for Middle Management Officers (EDP MMO), on the Young Executive Programme (YEP) at the Brunei Civil Service Institute, as well as at the RBAF Defence Academy.

Research interests:

Islamic Governance
Islamic Law
Political Islam
Applied Shari’ah


amin.abdulaziz @

Dr Hjh Asiyah Az-Zahra Hj Ahmad Kumpoh

Deputy Director | Assistant Professor

BA (History) - Universiti Brunei Darussalam.
MA (Asian Studies) - Australian National University.
PhD (Sociology) - University of Leicester.

Asiyah az-Zahra received her PhD in Sociology from University of Leicester in 2012, and now holds a position as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. She teaches historical methodology, tradition and modernisation in Brunei Darussalam, social and economic urbanisation in Southeast Asia, and the evolution of philosophy and theories in historical studies. Her current research focuses on conversion narratives, ethnic identity, Diaspora in Brunei and the historical evolution of religion, identity and culture in Brunei Darussalam and Southeast Asia.

Research interests:

Conversion narratives
Ethnic identity
Diaspora in Brunei
Historical evolution of religion, identity and culture


asiyah.kumpoh @

Associate Professor Dr Shaikh Abdul Mabud

Associate Professor

PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) - University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
PhD (Physics) - University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
MSc (Physics) - Rajshahi University, Bangladesh.
BSc (Honours in Physics, with Mathematics and Statistics) - Rajshahi University, Bangladesh.

Dr Shaikh Abdul Mabud, who earned a PhD from the University of Cambridge, is currently Associate Professor of Islamic Spirituality, Ethics and Education at SOASCIS, UBD. He was Professor of Islamic Studies at The Muslim College, London, UK (2015) and Professor of Islamic Philosophy at Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, UK (2005–2007). Prior to joining UBD he was Deputy Director General (1983–1999) of the Islamic Academy in Cambridge, UK and then he became its Director General in 1999. In his early academic career he taught Physics for ten years at the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh and the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA. His main areas of academic interest are: Western philosophies of education and their impact on the curriculum of Muslim countries; and the Islamic philosophy of education. 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 is an author/editor of five books and more than eighty other publications on various aspects of Islamic education, science and religion. Dr Abdul Mabud is a Fellow of the Royal Society of 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 7th and the 8th World Conferences on Muslim Education.

Research interests:

Educational Philosophy and Management
Islamic Education
Teacher Training
Islamic Philosophy
Science and Religion
Islam and the West


shaikh.mabud @

Dr Senad Mrahorović

BA (Usuluddin) - Universiti Brunei Darussalam
MA (Usuluddin) - Universiti Brunei Darussalam
PhD (Islamic Science) - International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation, International Islamic University, Malaysia

Dr Senad Mrahorović is a Bosnian, currently attached as a Distance Researcher and Advisor to Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID), a non-profit organization under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar. Mrahorović has obtained a PhD in Islamic Science, Philosophy, Ethics and Contemporary Issues from International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia. He holds a Master Degree from University Brunei Darussalam (UBD) with a specialization in Western Studies and Islam. At the same university, he completed an Undergraduate Program in Usuluddin. Mrahorović has edited four volumes of Conference Proceedings for DICD and published several academic articles in various publications. 

Research interests:

Islamic Religious Studies (Qur’an, Hadith etc.)
Islamic Science
Islamic Art
Current trends in the Muslim world
Interfaith Dialogue


senad.mrahorovic @

Dr Hj Md Majdey bin Hj Zawawi

Postdoctoral intern

BA (Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences) - International Islamic University, Malaysia
MA (Islamic Studies) - University of Birmingham 
PhD (Islamic Governance) - Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

Dr Majdey Zawawi holds a PhD in Islamic Governance from the Institute of Policy Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, and is one of the first in the world to have graduated with said degree and specialisation. His doctoral research titled “Power Dynamics between Religious and State Authorities: The Case of the Four Mujtahid Imams” employs the Islamic Governance Conceptual Matrix (IGC Matrix) as a conceptual tool for understanding the complex relational dynamics of power and authority between the four great mujtahids of Islam and their respective state authorities. His research findings on the “power currencies” that historically and contextually determined how the Ulama and the State responded to and influenced one another has spurred his interest in digging further into the nature and scope of power dimensions of Muslim politics, particularly through the lens of the Maqasid al-Shariah. Dr Majdey has a diverse academic background, having been trained in three different fields (Comparative Religion for his BA, Islamic Studies for his MA, and Islamic Governance for his PhD) at three different institutions (International Islamic University Malaysia, the University of Birmingham, and Universiti Brunei Darussalam) across the globe. His varied experiences allow him to make use of a broad range of approaches in his thinking on Islamic Governance and Muslim politics. Although his research interests mainly revolve around Islamic Governance, Dr Majdey is keen on interdisciplinary research that traverses many disciplines.

Research interests:

Classical Islam
Islamic Political Thought
Political Islam
Islamic Governance


majdey.zawawi @


Mohammad Zainul Akmal bin Zaini

Assistant Registrar

Email: zainul.zaini @

Muhammad Saiful Aizruddin bin Ismail

Nurul Atiqah binti Adam

Email: office.soascis @