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Mohd Mumtaz Ali

Academic Qualification

  • Islamic Studies - Doctor of Philosophy, Aligarh Muslim University
  • Islamic Studies - Masters Degree, Aligarh Muslim University
  • Modern Political Teory - Masters Degree, Aligarh Muslim University
  • Modern Western Poliitcal Thought - Bachelor Degree, Osmania University

Mohd Mumtaz Ali (Prof. Dr.)

IIUM Gombak Campus


Expert Profile

Professor Dr. Muhammad Mumtaz Ali was born in Hyderabad, India in 1955 and started his career as an Assistant Professor in International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in 1987. Since then, he has been serving in the same University. Currently, he is in the Department of Usul al-Din and Comparative Religion, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences. Initially, he taught the History of Modern Islamic Thought. Later, he developed interests in several areas of Islamic thought such as Developmental Studies, Modernization, Epistemological and Methodological Studies, Critical Thinking, Philosophy of Science and Modernity. He taught courses related to these areasat the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
He has produced several text books from Islamic perspectives. His books on Islamization of Knowledge are considered as best seller books in the campus. In 2014, he was awarded the National Book Award for his current book, Issues in Islamization of Human Knowledge: Civilization Building Discourse of Contemporary Muslim Thinkers. Prof. Ali is currently serving as the Chairman of the Committee for Postgraduate Studies and Committee for Seminars in the Department of Usul al-Din and Comparative Religion. He has presented several research papers in national and international conferences in more than 20 countries. Several of his articles have been published in journals which address the area of Islamic thought. He is the author of several books such as Islam and the Western Philosophy of Knowledge: Reflections on Some Aspects, The Philosophy of Science: Western and Islamic Perspectives on Certain Aspects, Islamic Critical Thinking, The Failure of Modernity and the Development of Contemporary Islamic Revivalist Discourse: Towards an Alternative Civilizational Development, The History and Philosophy of Islamization of Knowledge: A Preliminary Study of Pioneer's Thought, The Clash of Civilizations or Civilizational Peaceful Co-Existence: An Analysis of the Views of Huntington and Khurshid Ahmad.

Area of Specialisation

  • Humanities ~ Humanities ~ Religious Studies ~ Islamic Studies - Islamic Studies

Teaching Responsibilities


Research Projects

2015 - 2018 The Revival and Development of Islamic [Natural] Science: An Exploration and Analysis of Contemporary Islamic Thought
2012 - 2013 Da'wah and its Implication for Civilizational Development : An Analysis
2011 - 2011 The Study Of The Universal Principles Of Islamic Ethics
2010 - 2013 Morality and Natural Calamities: Is there A Relationship?
1998 - 1998 Faculty Survey on Information Use Skills Instruction for Students
2016 - Present An Investigation into the Foundation and Principles of Islamic Critical Thinking



2023 A people of devoid and reason. Radiance Viewsweekly, () pp.
2023 AI and Islam: navigating the path between progress and ethics. IslamiCity, () pp.
2023 Islamic thought from voices of resurgent Islam to the reformist voices of Islam: an analysis of new trends and themes in the Muslim world. Al-Qalam, 28 (1) pp. 1-22
2023 Issues of Islamic spirituality and moral excellence in higher education. Al-Itqan: Journal of Islamic Sciences and Comparative Studies, 7 (1) pp.
2023 Kamal Hassan, the pearl of Malay world. IIUM Today, () pp.
2023 The differences between ethics and morality: some reflection. AFKAR: Journal of Islamic & Religious Studies, 7 (2) pp. 1-16
2023 The progression of my ambitions in life. IIUM Today, 3 April 2023 () pp.
2022 A critical study of the views of Sayyed Hossein Nasr on the philosophical foundation of Islamic science. Trames, 26 () pp. 141-156
2022 New age in contemporary globalism: an Islamic response. Law, Policy and Social Science, 1 (1) pp. 47-57
2022 The Islamic root of sympathy based morality: a case study of Adam Smith, Darwin and their relation with the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). AFKAR Journal of Islamic and Religious Studies, 6 (1) pp. 15-32
2022 Why is the Quran- the guidance for mankind. Radiance Viewsweekly, LX (27) pp. 64-68
2021 A book that mentions you. Islamicity, 30 January 2021 () pp.
2021 Hajj: source of human unity and universality. Islamicity, 2 July 2021 () pp.
2021 Milestones for the development of the Muslim ummah. IslamiCity, 2 October 2021 () pp.
2021 Need to return to Allah-All-High, All-Glorious. Radiance viewsweekly, LVIII (44) pp.
2021 Reality of the Fear of Coronavirus. Islamicity, 15 January 2021 () pp.
2021 Religious issues and Islamic thought in contemporary world: a few reflections. Al-Milal: Journal of Religion and Thought, 3 (1) pp. 278-293
2021 The truth and reality of world views: methodological consideration. Islamic Perspective :Journal of the Islamic Studies and Humanities, 24 () pp. 69-75
2021 Who is my first teacher?. Islamicity, 29 January 2021 () pp.
2020 My relationship with the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The Freedom Press, Hyderabad, () pp. 4
2020 Purpose and Implications of Islamic Dawah. Purpose and Implications of Islamic Dawah, () pp.
2020 Religious harmony in India’s post-independence phase: a comparative study of the approach of Abul Hasan Ali Nadawi and Wahiduddin Khan. Al-Itqan : Journal of Islamic sciences and comparative studies, 4 (2) pp. 33-49
2020 The epistemological foundation of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies a critical analysis. Epistemology, 7 (8) pp. 130-157
2019 A new framework for the unity of Muslims: some reflections. AFKĀR Research Journal of Islamic Studies, 3 (2) pp. 43-58
2019 Islamic ethics in search: an analysis. The International Journal of Humanities & Social Studies, 7 (2) pp. 38-45
2019 The development of Islamic thought in post-independent India an appraisal of the views of Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi on multireligious harmony and Muslim identity = Perkembangan pemikiran Islam era pasca kemerdekaan India: penilaian pandangan Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi tentang keharmonian kepelbagaian agama dan identiti Muslim. Journal of Islam in Asia, 16 (2 Special Theme: Religion, Culture, and Globalization) pp. 301-320
2018 Empowerment of women: an analytical study from the Islamic perspective. The Islamic Quarterly, 62 (2) pp. 303-334
2018 Wasaṭiyyah (moderation) as the principle and objective of the Shariah as a solution for preventing violence and extremism = Wasatiyyah (kesederhanaan) sebagai satu prinsip dan objektif Shariah adalah satu solusi mencegah keganasan dan ekstrim. Journal of Islam in Asia, 15 (2) pp. 477-499
2017 The shariah and law : An analysis. International Journal of Law, Government and Communication, 2 (5) pp. 48-64
2017 Wasatiyya as a higher principle of the Shariah: a civilizational approach. Proceeding International Seminar on Islamic Civilization & Thoughts (INSIST) 2017, () pp. 12-23
2016 Rise and fall of civilization: causes from the perspective of the Qur'an. UMRAN International Journal of Islamic and Civilizational Studies, 3 (1) pp. 775-781
2016 The empowerment of women: Islamic and western perspectives. International Journal of Islamic Thoughts (IJITs), 5 (1) pp. 33-48
2016 The foundation and principles of critical thinking. American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, 33 (4) pp. 132-144
2015 The contemporary intelectual crisis and lack of clear perception of science and scientific thinking. Revelation and Science Inter-disciplinary Journal of Intellectual Revival, 05 (02) pp. 31-48
2011 Ijtihad: a reflection on its role and scope. Journal of Islam in Asia, Spcl (1) pp. 443-462
2011 Islamic da‘wah and civilizational development : a reflection. Journal of Islam in Asia, Spcl (4) pp. 325-343
2011 Issues in Muslim liberal and Islamic revivalist thought: an analysis of the views of Watt and Sikand. American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, 28 (4) pp. 89-116
2011 The compatibility of Islam with modernity : a brief discourse on Muslim reformists’ response . Journal of Islam in Asia, Spcl (2) pp. 317-336
Conference or Workshop Item

2023 Mohammad Nejatullah Siddiqi's intellectual contributions. In: International Webinar King Faisal Laurate Mohammad Nejatullah Siddiqi's Intellectual Contributions,
2023 Quranic worldview: complementarity in the views of Iqbal and AbuSulayman. In: International Conference on AbdulHamid AbuSulayman and his contemporary contributions to intellectual and educational reform,
2023 The nature of the relationship between Epistemology and Ijtihad in the writings of AbdulHamid AbuSulayman: an analysis. In: International Conference On Abdulhamid AbuSulayman and His Contributions to Intellectual and Educational Reform,
2022 1st International Conference Seerat-un- Nabi. In: 1st International Conference Seerat-un- Nabi,
2022 Global and regional epidemics and their effects. In: 1st International Conference on Global Epidemic Environment & Medical Laws in the light of Seerat-e-Tayyaba,
2022 Islam and Modernization. In: International Conference on Islam and Modernzation (ICIM 2022),
2021 Abdul Hamid Abu Sulayman’s Contributions to Islamisation of Knowledge. In: AHAS Lecture Series,
2021 Al-Masiri’s framework in understanding and examining the Jewish communities. In: 2nd International Multidisciplinary Conference on Education, Innovation and Social Sciences 2021,
2021 Crisis in knowledge and education. In: Summer School in August 2021,
2021 Critical thinking: an Islamic perspective. In: Summer School in August 2021,
2021 In memory of Dr. Abdul Hamid Abu Sulayman. In: Special Lecture on “In Memory of Dr. Abdul Hamid Abu Sulayman” (1936-2021).,
2021 Islamic perspective on leadership: a framework for practice in the contemporary world. In: 2nd International Conference of Islamic Studies-2021 (ICIS-2021),
2021 Islamic scientific development and innovation: the COVID-19 pandemic. In: Sarasehan Webinar and the Pandemic,
2021 Islamization of knowledge: general principles and work plan — 1982 and 1989. In: Summer School in August 2021,
2021 Memorial webinar honoring Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Abdul Hamid Abu Sulayman.. In: Memorial Webinar Honoring Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Abdul Hamid Abu Sulayman.,
2021 Muslim tradition of the study of religion: past, present and future. In: Muslim Tradition of the Study of Religion: Past, Present and Future,
2021 Need for rethinking knowledge and education. In: Summer School in August 2021,
2021 New perspective for education. In: Summer School in August 2021,
2021 Reinvigoration of the Islamic Civilization. In: Aligarh Literary Festival,
2021 Rethinking epistemology: reflections on some Quranic statements. In: Organizes Extension Lecture Series (Lecture 8).,
2021 Rethinking modern science. In: Summer School in August 2021,
2021 Special lecture on History and Philosophy of IOK. In: Special Lecture on History and Philosophy of IOK,
2021 Tazkiyat al-nafs & scientific worldview: contrast and critique. In: International Virtual Conference on Business, Education, Society and Technology 2021,
2021 The Islamic movement in the West: vision and mission. In: 19th Motivational Speech,
2020 Facing COVID-19 in the light of the maxim “No harm shall be inflicted or reciprocated”. In: International Seminar on Syariah and Law (INSLA) 2020,
2019 Religious issues and Islamic thought in contemporary world: a few reflections. In: International Conference on Religious Issues in Indonesia and Malaysia 2019,
2015 The contemporary intellectual crisis and lack of clear perception of science and scientific thinking: the challenge of the Quran . In: Seminar Wahyu Asas Tamadun IV Peringkat Antarabangsa (SWAT 2015),

2022 Islamic research. theory, methodology and thesis writing: a milestone for sustainable development. Islamic Book Trust, ISBN: 978-967-2795-07-0
2019 The history and philosophy of Islamization of knowledge: a preliminary study of pioneers' thought. IIUM Press, ISBN: 978-967-5272-67-7
2017 Contemporary discourse on gender equality in Indonesia: an analysis of the views of Siti Musdah Mulia. IIUM Press, International Islamic University Malaysia, ISBN: 978-967-418-582-4
2017 Da'wah in contemporary Japanese society: a case study of Tokyo mosque. IIUM Press, International Islamic University Malaysia, ISBN: 978-967-418-598-5
2017 Islamization of human knowledge: an overview of the concept, scope and method. IIUM Press, International Islamic University Malaysia, ISBN: 978-967-418-581-7
2017 Murad Wilfried Hofmann's views of the western worldview on religon: an analysis. IIUM Press, International Islamic University Malaysia, ISBN: 978-967-418-579-4
2016 Islamization of modern science and its philosophy: a contemporary civilizational discourse. IIUM Press, ISBN: 978-967-418-436-0
2014 Issues in Islamization of human knowledge: civilization building discourse of contemporary Muslim thinkers. IIUM Press, ISBN: 978-967-418-314-1
1994 Islam and the western philosophy of knowledge : reflections on some aspects: contemporary methodological issues. Pelanduk Publications, ISBN: 9789679785043
Book Section

2023 A firm mountain for the revival of Islamic Thought and Civilisation. In: AHAS Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences & International Institute of Islamic Thought East and Southeast Asia Office, ISBN: 978-967-19812-7-6, pp. 93-105
2023 توحید تنقیدی اور تخلیقی اسلوب فکر کا ماخذ و مرجع: ڈاکٹر نجات اللہ صدیقی کے افکار کا جائزہ. In: White Dot Publishers, ISBN: , pp. 181-202
2021 One fate, one humanity: lessons from Coronavirus. In: KIRKHS, IIUM & Majlis Keselamatan Negara, ISBN: 978-967-19812-0-7, pp. 20-23
2009 The methodological principles of Da'wah of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w). In: IIUM Press, ISBN: 9789675272349, pp. 37-58