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Maulana Akbar Shah @ U Tun Aung

Academic Qualification

  • PhD in Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Heritage (Usul Al-Din and Comparartive Religion) - Doctor of Philosophy, International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Master Degree in Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Heritage - Masters Degree, International Islamic University Malaysia

Maulana Akbar Shah @ U Tun Aung (Assoc. Prof. Dr.)

Associate Professor
IIUM Gombak Campus


Expert Profile

Dr. Maulana Akbar Shah @ U Tun Aung, a national of Myanmar received his BSc. in Chemistry from Rangoon Arts and Science University in 1982, B.A. in Islamic Studies from Jamia Darul Uloom, Rangoon, 1998 and M.A. in Usuluddin and Comparative Religion form the Department of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Science, IIUM in 2010 and obtained his Ph. D from the same Kulliyyah of IIUM in 2013. He was a lecturer at Jamia Darul Uloom, Rangoon (1998 - 2004) and served as the Secretary General of the organization of Jamiatul Ulama al Islam, Myanmar (2002 – 2007). 

He has written 19 books relevant to Basic Islamic Education and Islamic Contemporary Issues.
He was also a United Nations Professional Staff with World Food Programme where he was engaged in the offices of UN in different posts such as Logistics Officer (1989 to 1992) UNHCR-WFP Repatriation Programme in Afghanistan, Repatriation Officer in Pakistan (1993-1994) Inter UN Agencies Programme, Administrative officer (P.2) WFP, Rome and Liaison & Repatriation Officer (1997-1998) WFP/UNDP, Myanmar.
He has been teaching Islamic courses at the Department of IRKHS, CFS for the last five years and recently, he was promoted to Assistant Professor at the Department of Fundamental and Inter-Disciplinary Studies, FIDS, IRKHS, IIUM. 

Apart from the above responsibilities, he volunteers as, Advisor for Global Community Club IIUM, Advisor for, Da'wah Programme for Muslims in South East Asia and Advisor for Myanmar Muslim Community Schools in KL, Malaysia. He is now the president of the Myanmar Muslims Intellectual Forum, Malaysia. He leads the organization, Jamiyatul Ulama Islam Myanmar in Malaysia. Assisting the Myanmar community in Malaysia, helps law and order of Myanmar community living in Malaysia through providing Islamic education, Shariah law and Discipline. 

He published several articles in International Scopus, Index Journals providing helpful information regarding parenting management, youth progamme, volunteerism, propagation of Islamic messages, Islamic social and contemporary Issues including lesbianism, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, abortion, surrogacy, euthanasia (ending the life of a patient who's recovery is impossible). And also he is currently the head of research of the Department of fundamental and Interdisciplinary studies, IRKHS, IIUM Malaysia.

Area of Specialisation

  • Humanities ~ Humanities ~ Historical and Civilisation Studies ~ Other Historical and Civilisation Studies n.e.c. - Organizations and community services
  • Social Science ~ Social Science ~ Syariah Law ~ Administration of Islamic Law - Al Quran & Sunna
  • Social Science ~ Social Science ~ Social Work ~ Volunteerism - Educational Support
  • Humanities ~ Humanities ~ Philosophy ~ Islamisation of Knowledge - Community Service

Teaching Responsibilities

BASIC PHILOSOPHY AND ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW 2024/2025 2023/2024 2022/2023
BASIC THEMES OF AL-QUR'AN 2013/2014 2011/2012 2010/2011 2009/2010
ETHICS & FIQH FOR EVERYDAY LIFE 2018/2019 2017/2018 2016/2017
ETHICS AND FIQH IN EVERYDAY LIFE 2017/2018 2015/2016 2014/2015 2013/2014 2012/2013
ETHICS AND FIQH OF CONTEMPORARY ISSUES 2024/2025 2023/2024 2022/2023 2021/2022 2020/2021 2019/2020 2018/2019 2017/2018
FAMILY MANAGEMENT & PARENTING 2018/2019 2017/2018 2016/2017 2015/2016 2013/2014 2012/2013
FARDHU AIN 2014/2015 2013/2014 2012/2013
ISLAM, KNOWLEDGE & CIVILIZATION 2017/2018 2016/2017 2015/2016 2014/2015 2013/2014 2012/2013
ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW 2017/2018 2015/2016 2014/2015
STUDY CIRCLE 2011/2012
THE ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW 2016/2017 2015/2016 2014/2015 2012/2013
THE ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW, KNOWLEDGE AND CIVILIZATION 2022/2023 2020/2021 2019/2020 2018/2019 2017/2018
UNDERSTANDING ISLAM 2014/2015 2013/2014 2012/2013 2011/2012 2010/2011 2009/2010
USRAH IN ACTION 1 2022/2023 2021/2022
USRAH IN ACTION 2 2022/2023


The Socio-Political And Economic Role Of Ethno-Religious Minorities In Bangladesh, 1971-2020.
Ph.D Completed 2023 Co-supervisor
الفرق المنتسبة إلى الإسلام وتحدياتها للدعوة الإسلامية في ميانما: دراسة وصفية تحليلية.
A Study Of Different Sects Associated With Islam And Their Challenges To Islamic Da'Wah In Myanmar.
Ph.D Completed 2022 Member Supervisory Committee
Socio-Economic Transitions In Bengal And Their Impacts On Muslims, 1700-1800.
Ph.D Completed 2022 Co-supervisor
الإسهامات الحضارية للمرأة في العصر الأموي: دراسة وصفية تحليلية.
Civilisational Contributions Of Women In The Umayyad Era : A Descriptive Analytical Study.
Ph.D Completed 2022 Co-supervisor
الدبلوماسية الثقافية العمانية ودورها يف تعزيز العالقات الدولية 2000 – 2020م: دراسة حتليلية .
Omani Cultural Diplomacy And Its Role In Promoting International Relations 2000 - 2020 : An Analytical Study.
Ph.D Completed 2021 Main Supervisor
Hijrah And Identity Tranformation Among The Vietnamese Cham Muslims In Malaysia.
Ph.D In Progress Co-supervisor
دور الأسطول العماني في المحيط الهندي زمن حكم أسرة اليعاربة (1624/1744-1033/1156) The Role of the Omani Fleet in the Indian Ocean under the al-Yaarbah Dynasty (1034-1156 AH/ 1624-1744 CE).
The Role Of The Omani Fleet In The Indian Ocean Under The Al-Yaarbah Dynasty (1034-1156 Ah/ 1624-1744 Ce).
Master Completed 2021 Co-supervisor
Islam In India Through The Silk Route.
Master In Progress Main Supervisor
Burmese Muslim In Myanmar Politics(2010-2022).
Master In Progress Main Supervisor

Research Projects

2022 - 2023 Key Factors for Development of Youth
2020 - 2022 A Professional Guide to Skills in Family Management
2017 - 2020 Revisiting Ideas of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi pertaining to the Muslim Youth (Hayrat Foundation, Turkey)
2017 - 2020 Da'wah, Propagation of Islamic Message in Contemporary 21st Century
2017 - 2022 Amanah (Trust) in Islam, Its Dimensions and Implications
2016 - 2019 Rights of Detainees and Prisoners in Islam
2016 - 2018 Peaceful Coexistence Between Muslims and Buddhist in Myanmar; Looking into Singapore as the Role-Model
2016 - 2019 Modern Application of Bai'Murabahah, Bai'Mu'ajjal And Bai'al-Sarf in the Light of Maqasid Shariah
2024 - Present Nourishing Faith: Unveiling the Crucial Role and Modern Challenges of Halal Food Consumption in the 21st Century

Award & Recognition

21 Jan, 2022 Golden Award for Active Researcher 2021 - Internal University Scholarship, IIUM University



2023 A close study on domestic violence against women: Islamic perspectives and remedies. Al-Burhan: Journal of Qur'an and Sunnah Studies, 7 (2) pp. 137-151
2023 Editorial. Al-Burhan: Journal of Qur'an and Sunnah Studies, 7 (2) pp. i-iv
2023 Exclusive interview with Prof. Dato' Dr. Koutoubou Moustapha Sano, Secretary General of International Islamic Fiqh Academy, OIC, Saudi Arabia, (PhD., AIKOL 1996). Reach, 1/2023 (1) pp. 1-66
2022 Spiritual development in family management. Al Hikmah International Journal of Islamic Studies and Human Sciences, 5 (4) pp. 89-107
2021 Creating sustainable development at Kampung Tengah, Gombak. Creating sustainable development at Kampung Tengah, Gombak, 16 October 2021 () pp.
2021 دور الدبلوماسية الثقافية العمانية في تعزيز الهوية العربية الإسلامية. = The role of Omani cultural diplomacy in promoting Arab-Islamic identity.. Tawasol Magazine, 31 () pp. 1-36
2020 Developing future leaders, responsibilities of parents and the society. Times Mirror : English Section, () pp. 174-188
2020 Interpretation of youth from the thinking of Badiuzzaman said Nursi. Journal of Islam in Asia, 17 (4) pp. 220-239
2019 Transformation of Myanmar Muslim community: Singapore as a role-model. Journal of Muslims Minority Affairs-Transformation of Myanmar Muslim Community: Singapore as a Role-Model, 39 () pp. 1-20
2019 Violations of basic rights of prisoners in conventional and Islamic law: theory and practice. Intellectual Discourse, 27 (2) pp. 455-474
2018 Brief on waqf, its substitution (Istibdāl), and selected resolutions of Islāmic Fiqh Academy India: a maqāṣid al-sharī’ah perspective. Intellectual Discourse, 26 (Special Issue) pp. 1093-1108
2018 Creative methodologies of da’wah through different phases of a human’s life = Metodologi dakwah secara kreatif mengikut fasa kehidupan manusia. Journal of Islam in Asia, 15 (1) pp. 271-293
2018 Genocide of Rohingya Muslims: a classical model of ethnic cleansing. Al-Shajarah: Journal of The International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), () pp. 215-235
2018 Islam in China seas: Islam and Muslims in Myanmar. Journal of Islam in Asia, () pp. 1-16
2018 Philanthropy (tabarru’at) in Islam and its four shari’ah objectives. World Journal of Islamic History and Civilization, 8 (2) pp. 49-56
2018 Waqf, its substitution (istibdal), and selected resolutions of Islamic Fiqh Academy India : a maqasid al-shari'ah perspective. Intellectual Discourse, 26 (Special Issue) pp. 1093-1108
2017 Agree to disagree: towards a peaceful co-existence amongst multi-religious community = Setuju untuk tidak bersetuju: kearah kehidupan aman bersama dikalangan masyarakat berbilang agama. Journal of Islam in Asia, 14 (1) pp. 248-267
2017 Creative methodology of da’wah through different phases of human’s life. Journal of Islam in Asia, () pp. 1-17
2017 Da’wah, propagation of Islamic message through marshalling constructive bahavours and positive attidutes. Journal Of Education and Social Science, 6 (1) pp. 58-64
2017 Euthanasia from Islamic perspective: ending life of a patient who's recovery is absolutely impossible. International Medical journal Malaysia (IMJM), () pp. 1-17
2016 Islamic da'wah through a creative ideological approach. Journal of Education and Social Science, 4 (1) pp. 194-202
2015 Internet usage from Islamic perspective: a preliminary survey with first year medical students, Kuantan Campus, Pahang 2015. International Journal on Recent and Innovation Trends in Computing and Communication, 5 (2) pp. 207-213
Conference or Workshop Item

2023 The concept of ethics and fiqh. In: 1st International Conference of Social Sciences Research (ICSSR 2023),
2023 Towards establishing an Integrated Educational System in Madarasas of Myanmar. In: Symposium on Education & Economic Development Plan for the Young Myanmar Muslims (2023),
2023 What is economy, the Islamic Economy and Muamalat. In: The International Conference on Islamic Thought (PEMIKIR 3),
2022 Empowering women: developing social status of women refugees living in Malaysia. In: International Conference: Empowering Women: Developing Social Status of Women Refugees living in Malaysia.,
2022 Observation of ethical values promoting Human Psychology from the panorama of Revelation and Tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (saw). In: SAP 2021,
2021 A philosophical approach to spiritual development in family management. In: SAP 2021:,
2020 Embracing diversity in Islam. In: Darul Arqam, Convert Association of Singapore Online Sharing Session,
2019 Colours of humanity. In: Series of Public Talks,
2019 Empowering youth: developing spiritual and intellectual enhancement in youth. In: International Conference on Religion, Governance and Sustainable Development (ICRGD 2019),
2019 Ethics, fiqh and contemporary issues. In: Intensive Integration of Knowledge Retreat for Southern Thailand Post Graduate Students,
2018 Islam in China Seas:Islam and Muslims in Myammar. In: International Conference on Islam in the China Seas,
2018 Talks on comparative study on Muslim community in Myanmar. In: Talks on comparative study on Muslim community in Myanmar,
2018 Waqf, its substitution ( istibdal) and maqasid al-shariah. In: International Conference On History and Governance of AWQAF (ICHGA),
2017 Da’wah, propagation of Islamic message through marshalling constructive bahaviours and positive attitudes. In: Kuala Lumpur International Islamic Studies and Civilisations Conference (KLIISC 2017),
2017 Factors behind the rise of Islamic civilization: in the light of Badiuzzaman said Nursi’s thought. In: The International Conference on Bediuzzaman Said Nursi's Thought on Wasatiyyah and Exemplary Society,
2017 The impact of early Muslim thoughts on the renaissance movement in the west. In: The International Conference on Interdisciplinary Quranic Studies,
2017 The world most oppressed community, Rohingya. In: International Conference on Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Issues and Shifting Paradigms (ICMR 2017),
2016 A study of culture of Muslims in Myanmar: collection of cultural resources for national identity. In: 3rd International Conference on Language, Innovation, Culture and Education (ICLICE 2016),
2016 Internet usage from Islamic perspective: a preliminary survey with first year medical students, Kuantan Campus, Pahang 2015. In: 2nd World Congress on Integration Islamicisation: Focus On Medical & Health Care Sciences 2016 (2WCII-2016),
2016 Islamic da'wah through a creative ideological approach. In: Kuala Lumpur International Islamic Studies and Civilisations (KLiISC) 2016,
2016 Medical profession and practices of intentionally ending a life from Islamic perspective. In: 2nd World Congress on Integration and Islamicisation: Focus on Medical and Healthcare Science (2WCII 2016),
2015 Agree to disagree: in the context of on going global religious conflicts. In: Myanmar Muslim Association Malaysia Educational Programme 2014,
2015 Are Rohingya citizens of Myanmar?. In: Rohingya: Whose Responsibility to Protect?,
2015 Why we are not satisfied: in the context of declining factors of ummah. In: Seminar Wahyu Asas Tamadun IV Peringkat Antarabangsa (SWAT 2015),

2023 Enhancing the spiritual & physical development of children. International Institute for Muslim Unity (IIMU), IIUM, ISBN: 978-967-25504-7-1
2023 Key factors for developing progressive youth. AHAS KIRKHS, IIUM, ISBN:
2018 Muslims in Myanmar. IIUM Press, ISBN: 978-967-418-584-8
Book Section

2023 Child health care. In: International Institute for Muslim Unity, ISBN: 978-967-25504-7-1, pp. 163-201
2021 Islam, state, security and peaceful co-existence in Myanmar. In: Francis & Taylor Informa UK Limited Trading, Routledge, ISBN: ISBN 9780367712792, pp.
2017 Euthanasia, abortion, in vitro fertilization, LGBT. In: International Institute of Islamic Civilisation and Malay World (ISTAC), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), ISBN: 978-967-14480-9-0, pp. 236-281
2017 The factors for the rise of the Islamic civilization. In: International Institute of Islamic Thought East and South East Asia & International Islamic University Malaysia, ISBN: 978-976-15622-6-0, pp. 219-254