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Spahic Omer

Academic Qualification

  • Ph.D in Islamic History and Civilization - Doctor of Philosophy, Universiti Malaya (UM)
  • Master in Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Heritage - Masters Degree, International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Bachelor in Islamic Studies - Bachelor Degree, University Al-Azhar, Cairo

Spahic Omer (Assoc. Prof. Dr.)

Associate Professor
IIUM Gombak Campus

KULLIYYAH OF ISLAMIC REVEALED KNOWLEDGE AND HUMAN SCIENCES


ospahic@iium.edu.my
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Expert Profile


Dr. Spahic Omer is an Associate Professor at the Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He studied in Bosnia, Egypt and Malaysia. His research interests cover early Islamic history and civilization, as well as the history and theory of Islamic built environment.
He has published several books and a number of scholarly articles. He has also participated as a paper presenter in a number of international and local conferences and seminars. Currently, he teaches in the Department of Fundamental and Inter-Disciplinary Studies and researches topics relating to the islamization of architectural education and its sciences.


Area of Specialisation


  • Humanities ~ Humanities ~ Religious Studies ~ Islamic Studies


Teaching Responsibilities


A SURVEY IN ISLAMIC HISTORY & CIVILIZATION 2008/2009
COMPARATIVE BUSINESS ETHICS 2017/2018 2014/2015 2016/2017 2020/2021 2019/2020 2015/2016 2018/2019
ETHICS & FIQH FOR EVERYDAY LIFE 2014/2015 2007/2008 2008/2009 2011/2012 2009/2010 2015/2016 2006/2007 2016/2017 2013/2014 2012/2013 2002/2003 2005/2006 2010/2011
ETHICS AND FIQH IN EVERYDAY LIFE 2007/2008 2014/2015 2010/2011
FINAL YEAR PROJECT I 2020/2021
FINAL YEAR PROJECT II 2020/2021
FIQH FOR EVERYDAY LIFE 2001/2002
HISTORY OF ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE 2001/2002
HISTORY OF ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE II 2001/2002
INTRODUCTION TO HISTORY AND CIVILIZATION 2021/2022 2020/2021
ISLAM IN THE MODERN WORLD 2020/2021
ISLAM, KNOWLEDGE & CIVILIZATION 2003/2004 2002/2003 2001/2002 2016/2017
ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE 2020/2021
ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION 2020/2021 2021/2022
ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVES IN TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY 2015/2016 2014/2015
ISLAMIC PLANNING PRINCIPLES 2001/2002
ISLAMIC URBANISM 2001/2002
ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW 2007/2008 2009/2010 2010/2011 2013/2014 2011/2012 2008/2009
ISLAMIZATION OF KNOWLEDGE 2015/2016 2016/2017
QUR'AN, SUNNAH & BUILT ENVIRONMENT 2003/2004 2004/2005 2006/2007 2005/2006
QURAN, SUNNAH & BUILT ENVIRONMENT 2009/2010 2012/2013 2011/2012 2010/2011 2007/2008 2006/2007 2008/2009 2013/2014 2014/2015
RISE & FALL OF CIVILIZATIONS 2009/2010
SURVEY OF ISLAMIC HISTORY & CIVILISATION 2001/2002
SURVEY OF ISLAMIC HISTORY & CIVILIZATION 2002/2003 2001/2002
THE ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW 2015/2016 2014/2015 2001/2002 2002/2003
THE ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW, KNOWLEDGE AND CIVILIZATION 2018/2019 2019/2020 2017/2018
VALUES, ETHICS & BUILT ENVIRONMENT 2011/2012 2007/2008 2010/2011 2009/2010 2012/2013 2013/2014 2008/2009
VALUES, ETHICS AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT 2007/2008 2004/2005 2014/2015 2003/2004 2009/2010 2006/2007 2005/2006 2010/2011 2008/2009 2013/2014 2011/2012 2012/2013 2002/2003


Research Projects


Completed
2019 - 2021 Appreciating the Architecture of Madinah
2017 - 2019 Lesson is Islamic Architecture from the History and Development of the Prophet's Mosque
2015 - 2017 Appreciating the Architecture of Shamiyyah
2013 - 2014 From Mosques to Khanqahs: The Origins and Rise of Sufi Institutions
2010 - 2012 Islam, Muslims and The Mosque Institution: Ideologi Institutional Harmony in Islamic Society
2010 - 2012 The Mosque Institution in History: Lessons for Today
2008 - 2011 The Lessons of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) in Housing
2007 - 2011 Integrating Islamic Values into the Functions of Muslim Dwellings.
2006 - 2008 THE EVOLUTION OF ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE FROM THE TINE OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD TILL THE END OF THE ABASSID PERIOD
2004 - 2006 Original Title: The Origins and Functions of Courtyards in Islamic Architecture New Title: The Origins and Functions of Courtyards in Islamic Domestic Courtyards
- READING OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF RICH DECORATION IN ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE
On-Going
2021 - Present Tradition vs Modernity in Islamic Architecture: The Case of Jeddah


Award & Recognition


16 Nov, 2015 - National
22 Feb, 2004 Quality Research Award (Kulliyyah) - International Islamic University Malaysia Kulliyyah
04 Mar, 2003 Excellent Researcher Award - International Islamic University Malaysia Kulliyyah
04 Mar, 2003 Ismail Al'Faruqi Publications Award - International Islamic University Malaysia Kulliyyah


Publications


Article

2021 Examining the concept of Pan-Islamism. AL-ITQAN - JOURNAL OF ISLAMIC SCIENCES AND COMPARATIVE STUDIES, 5 (2) pp. 21-51
2021 Historic Jeddah as a Unique Islamic City. IIUM Journal of Religion and Civilizational Studies, 4 (1) pp. 60-81
2021 Lessons in decoration from the Qur’ānic Sūrah al-Zukhruf (Gold Adornments). al-Burhān: Journal of Qurʾān and Sunnah Studies, 5 (1) pp. 1-18
2021 Lessons in decoration from the Qurʾanic Sūrah al-Zukhruf (Gold Adornments). Al-Burhan: Journal of Qurʾān and Sunnah Studies, 5 (1) pp. 1-16
2021 Misconceptions about Islamic architecture: the role of Richard Francis Burton. Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society (Historicus), 69 (1) pp. 7-35
2021 Vincent le Blanc as the second non-muslim in Makkah and Madinah. Islamic Thought and Civilization (JITC), 11 (2) pp. 270-289
2020 The profundity and dynamism of Islamic architecture. Al-Itqan: Journal of Islamic Sciences And Comparative Studies, 4 (1) pp. 51-77
2019 14 lessons from the story of Qabil and Habil. IIUMToday, () pp.
2019 Abdullah b. Rawahah - as an embodiment of heavenly justice. AboutIslam, () pp.
2019 All Islam ever wanted was freedom. IIUMToday, () pp.
2019 An anatomy of murder. IslamiCity, () pp.
2019 Are we achieving or missing the objectives of fasting?. islamicity.org, () pp.
2019 Be a soldier of truth. IIUMToday, () pp.
2019 Beauty versus ugliness. IIUMToday, () pp.
2019 Can man ever be rich?. IslamiCity, () pp.
2019 Communicating with Allah. islamicity, () pp.
2019 Confrontations between good and evil are here to stay. AboutIslam, () pp.
2019 Has modern architecture failed?. IIUM Today, () pp.
2019 Integration of knowledge as a way forward. IIUMToday, () pp.
2019 Lessons in art and architecture from the Qur’anic surah al-Shu’ara’ (the Poets). KEMANUSIAAN The Asian Journal of Humanities, 26 (1) pp. 113-141
2019 Let’s examine our relationship with the Qur'an. islamicity.org, () pp.
2019 Man is created to love. IslamiCity, () pp.
2019 Masjid al-Haram expansion: acceptance or criticism?. islamiCity, () pp.
2019 Need for sustainable architecture. IIUMToday, () pp.
2019 Preserving traditional mosques in Madinah. islamicity.org, () pp.
2019 Publish and cherish. IIUMToday, () pp.
2019 Rationalizing Islam’s prohibition of drawing images and erecting statues of humans. IIUMToday, () pp.
2019 Reconciling the views of ‘Umar b. ‘Abd al-‘Aziz (d. 101 AH/720 CE) on mosque decoration. Hamdard Islamicus, XLII (1 & 2) pp. 57-81
2019 Sustainability and piety. IIUMToday, () pp.
2019 The beauty of Allah's creation. IslamiCity, () pp.
2019 The modernity that Islam wants. AboutIslam.net, () pp. 1-17
2019 The mosque of the Two Qiblahs in Madinah. IslamiCity, () pp.
2019 The Qur’ān and Sunnah as a conceptual foundation of Islamic architecture. The Islamic Quarterly, 63 (1) pp. 85-114
2019 The Srebrenica genocide: lest we forget. Islamicity, () pp.
2019 Two sides of modernity and its architecture = Dua sisi kemodenan dan senibina. Journal of Islam in Asia, 16 (2) pp. 273-299
2019 While the dust is settling in New Zealand. IslamiCity, () pp.
2019 While the dust is settling in New Zealand. AboutIslam, () pp.
2019 Why can’t we see Allah?. IIUMToday, () pp.
2018 Live and die with dignity. islamicity.org, () pp.
2018 Need for sustainable architecture. IslamiCity, () pp.
2018 Old versus new in the Sa'udi expansions of the mosque of the Prophet (S.A.W). Hamdard Islamicus, XLI (1&2) pp. 227-266
2018 The contributions of the Mamluks to the architecture of the Prophet’s Mosque = Sumbangan dinasti Mamluk kepada senibina Masjid Nabawi. Journal of Islam in Asia, 15 (2) pp. 329-362
2018 The Islamic worldview, knowledge and civilization: implementing the vision and mission of IIUM. islamicity.org, () pp.
2018 Towards an Islamic application of visual privacy principles on Malaysian terrace housing: a conceptual framework. Planning Malaysia: Journal of the Malaysian Institute of Planners, 16 (2) pp. 1-11
2018 Why all Muslims should know the Islamic worldview. islamicity.org, () pp.
2017 An analysis of the expansion of the mosque of the prophet by caliph 'Umar B. Al-KhattāB (d. 24 A.H./744 C.E.). Hamdard Islamicus, 40 (1) pp. 31-50
2017 Islamic housing between yesterday and today = Perumahan Islam antara semalam dan hari ini. Islam in Asia, 14 (1) pp. 200-247
2017 The expansion of the Prophet’s mosque in Madinah by Caliph al-Walīd (d. 97 AH/ 715 CE) as an epitome of the evolution of Muslim architecture. The Islamic Quarterly, 61 (2) pp. 209-235
2016 An analysis of the expansion of the prophet’s mosque by Caliph ‘Uthman b. ‘Affan (d. 36 AH/656 CE). al-Shajarah, 21 (2) pp. 135-156
2016 Rationalizing the permissibility of mosque decoration. JOURNAL OF ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE, 4 (1) pp. 14-26
2016 Rationalizing the phenomenon of converting Hindu temples into mosques. Islam in Asia, 13 (2) pp. 169-207
2016 Sustainability in Islamic architecture. Islamic Quarterly, 60 (1) pp. 79-107
2016 The Abbasids and the Architectural Development of the Prophet’s Mosque: the Consequences of a Political Disintegration. Ilahiyat Studies: A Journal on Islamic and Religious Studies, 7 (2) pp. 207-231
2016 Towards an islamization of housing = Menuju ke arah Islamisasi Perumahan. Journal of Islam in Asia, 13 (1) pp. 160-193
2015 A conceptual Framework for sustainability in Islamic architecture: the significance of the concepts of man and the environment. Journal of Islamic Thought and Civilization, 5 (2) pp. 1-14
2015 al-Wasatiyyah and some of its implications for Islamic built environment. Pertanika Journal of Social Science & Humanities, 23 (4) pp. 995-1014
2015 God as the only creator: some implications for conceptualising Islamic architecture. KEMANUSIAAN The Asian Journal of Humanities, 22 (1) pp. 101-126
2015 Issues in contemporary Islamic housing. Journal of Islam in Asia, 12 (2) pp. 172-218
2015 Mosque decoration between acceptance and rejection. The Islamic Quarterly, 59 (4) pp. 401-422
2015 Some observations on the origins of the Dome of the Rock. Journal of Architecture, Planning and Construction Management, 5 (1) pp. 13-21
2015 The dome of the rock: an analysis of its origins . Journal of Islam in Asia, 12 (1) pp. 200-214
2015 The social significance of Mr. Nazeer Khan’s architecture. Journal of Islamic Architecture, 3 (4) pp. 154-170
2014 From mosques to khanqahs: the origins and rise of Sufi institutions. KEMANUSIAAN The Asian Journal of Humanities, 21 (1) pp. 1-19
2014 Observations on housing planning and development in Madinah during the Prophet’s time. The Islamic Quarterly, 58 (3) pp. 239-257
2013 The ahl al-sunnah wa al-jama’ah factor and the rise of sufi institutions. Journal of Islam in Asia, 10 (1) pp. 151-175
2012 Tawhid and its implications for Islamic architecture. Journal of Architecture, Planning and Construction Management, 1 (2) pp. 21-35
2011 Appreciating beauty in Islam. Al-Shajarah , 16 (1) pp. 47-84
2011 Islamic architecture and the prospect of its revival today. Journal of Architecture, Planning and Construction Management, 1 (1) pp. 1-17
2011 Prophet Muhammad’s observations and guidance on the construction of buildings . Insights, () pp.
2010 A conceptual framework for sustainability in Islamic architecture: the significance of the concepts of man and the environment. TAFHIM: IKIM Journal of Islam and the Contemporary World, 3 () pp. 49-74
2010 Conceptualizing Islamic architecture. Al-Shajarah , 15 (2) pp. 199-228
2010 Sectional analysis of pendentive dome mosques during Ottoman era= Analyse sectionalle des mosquees a dome pendentif pendant l'epoque Ottomane. Journal of Canadian Social Science, 6 (5) pp. 124-136
2010 Some lessons from Prophet Muhammad(SAW) in architecture: the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah. Intellectual Discourse, 18 (1) pp. 115-140
2009 Some lessons from the holy Qur'an on housing . Al-Shajarah , 14 (1) pp. 59-93
2009 The evolution of the identity of Islamic architecture after prophet Muhammad(PBUH):some observations. Al-Shajarah , 14 (2) pp. 207-241
Conference or Workshop Item

2017 Revolutionizing Malaysian terrace housing design by adopting Islamic visual privacy principles: a pilot study on Malay occupants. In: Dakam's International Architecture Studies Meeting March 2017,
2008 Issues, problems and strategies of waqf land development in Malaysia literature review. In: 7th Annual Conference Management in Construction Researchers’ Associations MICRA 2008,
Book

2021 Appreciating the architecture of Madinah. Dar Al Wahi Publication, ISBN: 978-967-0729-37-4
2021 Islam, Ethics and Civilization. Dar Al Wahi Publication, ISBN: 978-967-0729-43-5
2021 Islamic Spirituality and Modern Challenges. Dar Al Wahi Publication, ISBN: 978-967-0729-41-1
2021 The Qur'an on art, architecture & built environment. IIUM Press, IIUM; UNISSA Press, UNISSA, ISBN: 978-967-491-137-9
2020 Decoration in Islamic architecture. International Islamic Publishing House (IIPH), ISBN:
2020 Islamic domestic courtyards. International Islamic Publishing House (IIPH), ISBN:
2019 Appreciating the architecture of Shamiyyah. Dar Al Wahi Publication, ISBN: 978-967-2008-94-1
2019 History and theory of Islamic architecture. IIUM Press, International Islamic University Malaysia, ISBN: 978-967-491-003-7
2019 Islamic spirituality and civilization. Dar al-Wahi, ISBN: 978-967-0729-35-0
2018 History and architecture of the Prophet’s Mosque. Dar Al Wahi Publication, ISBN: 9789830729251
2018 The history and architecture of Al-Masjid Al-Haram. Institut Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia (ITBM), ISBN: 978-967-460-785-2
2017 A conceptual framework for Islamic architecture. Alhassanain (p) Network for Islamic Heritage and Thought, ISBN: 1546718184
2016 The origins of the concepts of Shi'ism and Sunnism. Amana Publications, ISBN: 9781590080832
2015 Architecture and society: some lessons on Muslim architecture from India. IIUM Press, ISBN: 9789674184025
2015 From mosques to Khanqahs: the origins and rise of sufism and sufi institutions . IIUM Press, ISBN: 9789674184148
2014 The Mosque as a Community Center: A Concept and Evolution. AS Noordeen, ISBN: 9789830653587
2013 Studies in the Islamic built environment . IIUM Press, ISBN: 9789674182564
2013 The prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and urbanization of Madinah. IIUM Press, ISBN: 978-983-295-727-3
2010 Islam & housing. A.S. Noordeen, ISBN: 9789830653051
2009 Islam, architecture & urban planning. Arah Pendidikan Sdn Bhd., ISBN: 978-967-323-109-6
2009 Islamic architecture : its philosophy, spiritual significance & some early developments. A.S. Noordeen, ISBN: 978-983-065-286-3
2009 The history and character of the Islamic built environment. Arah Pendidikan Sdn Bhd., ISBN: 9789673231522
2009 The philosophy of decoration in Islamic architecture. Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, IIUM, ISBN: 9789675272158
2009 The prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and development of Madinah. Arah Pendidikan Sdn Bhd., ISBN: 9789673231539
2008 Death, graveyards and funerary architecture in Islam. A.S.Nordeen, ISBN: 9789830652757
2008 Death, graveyards and funerary architecture in Islamic civilization. AS Noordeen, ISBN: 9789830652757
2008 The origins and functions of Islamic domestic courtyards. IIUM, ISBN: 983-3855-20-9
2005 Issues in the history and character of the Islamic built environment. IIUM, ISBN: 983-2957-49-4
Book Section

2017 Relationship between man and the environment in Islam. In: The International Institute of Islamic Thought (East and South East Asia) & International Islamic University Malaysia, ISBN: 978-967-14480-9-0, pp. 282-301
2011 Islamic domestic courtyards as an avenue to peaceful coexistence with the environment . In: IIUM Press, ISBN: 9789674180515, pp. 125-134
2011 Tawhid and its implications for Islamic architecture. In: IIUM Press, ISBN: 9789674180584, pp. 1-10
2011 The concepts of God, man and the environment in Islam: implications for Islamic architecture. In: IIUM Press, ISBN: 9789670225678, pp. 1-22
2011 The concepts of man and the environment in Islam: implications for sustainability in Islamic architecture . In: IIUM Press, ISBN: 9789674180515, pp. 110-123
2011 The lessons of Prophet Muhammad in urban planning and development. In: IIUM Press, ISBN: 9789670225678, pp. 23-42
2011 The role of spirituality in Islamic housing: some observations . In: IIUM Press, ISBN: 9789674180515, pp. 135-147
2009 Integrating Islamic values in an ecological outlook of the built environment: a perspective. In: Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, IIUM, ISBN: 9833855575, pp. 19-35
2009 Integrating Islamic values in an ecological outlook of the built environment: a perspective. In: Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, IIUM, ISBN: 9833855575, pp. 19-35