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Osman Bin Bakar

Academic Qualification

  • Philosophy in Sciences - Doctor of Philosophy, Temple University, Philadelphia
  • Mathematics (Algebra) - Masters Degree, Univesity of London
  • Mathematic - Bachelor Degree, University of London

Osman Bin Bakar (Prof. Datuk Dr.)

Professor
IIUM KL Campus

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC THOUGHT AND CIVILISATION


osmanbakar@iium.edu.my
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Expert Profile


Osman Bakar, a doctorate in Islamic philosophy from Temple University, Philadelphia (USA) is currently Holder of Al-Ghazali Chair of Epistemology and Civilizational Studies and Renewal at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He is also Emeritus Professor in Philosophy of Science at University of Malaya. He was formerly Distinguished Professor and Director of Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Dr Osman was also formerly Malaysia Chair of Islam in Southeast Asia at the Prince Talal al-Waleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington DC, and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Research) at University of Malaya. Dr Osman is author and editor of 40 books and more than 300 articles on various aspects of Islamic thought and civilization, particularly Islamic science and philosophy in which he is a leading authority. His most well-known books are Classification of Knowledge in Islam (1992) and Tawhid and Science (1992). His latest books are titled Al-Farabi: Life, Works and Significance (2018) (new second edition) and Colonialism in the Malay Archipelago: Civilizational Encounters (co-editor) (2020). He has been named among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world since 2009. He was made a Dato’ in 1994 by HRH Sultan of Pahang and a Datuk by HM the King of Malaysia in 2000.


Area of Specialisation


  • Humanities ~ Humanities ~ Religious Studies ~ Religion and Civilisation - Islamic Thought and Civilisation
  • Humanities ~ Humanities ~ Philosophy ~ History and Philosophy of Ideas - Islamic and Modern Science
  • Humanities ~ Humanities ~ Philosophy ~ Epistemology - Epistemology and Spirituality


Professional Membership


  • 2019: Member of Profesional Body / Association: (Felo Kehormat), Akademi Profesor Malaysia
  • 2022 - 2024: Member of Profesional Body / Association: (Fellow), Academy of Science of Malaysia (Akademi Sains Malaysia)


Teaching Responsibilities


RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 2023/2024
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AND THESIS WRITING 2022/2023 2021/2022
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT IN ISLAMIC CIVILISATION 2023/2024


Supervision


Metaphysics Of Abu Barakat Al-Baghdadi: An Annotayed Translation With An Introduction And Notes Of Kitab Al-Mu'Tabar: Al-Ilahiyat Maqalah Al-Ula .
Ph.D Completed 2011 Co-supervisor
Symbolism Of The Keris In The Malay Archipelago: The Religous Significance Attributed By The Muslim-Malays To The Keris In Malaysia.
Ph.D In Progress Main Supervisor
An In -Depth Study Of The Origin, Growth And Expansion Of Usury (Riba') Industry In Malaysia: A Proposal For Change .
Ph.D In Progress Main Supervisor
The Importance Of I’Im Kalam In The Critiques Of Modernism: An Analysis Of Sheikh Mustafa Sabri’S Mawqif Al-Aql Wal I’Im.
Ph.D In Progress Main Supervisor
Developing Spiritual Knowledge Through Creative Practive Among Contemporary Muslim Artists In Malaysia.
Ph.D In Progress Main Supervisor
Tawhidic Synthesis For Immunology And Microbiology Education.
Ph.D In Progress Main Supervisor
Kalam Perspective On The Interpretations Of Quantum Mechanics.
Ph.D In Progress Main Supervisor
Islamic Pneumatology & The Phenomenology Of Beauty.
Ph.D In Progress Main Supervisor
Al-Imarah In Hadith Scholarship: An Analytical Study Of Sahi`H. Al Bukh`Ari And Ibn Taymiyy'S Polical Thought..
Ph.D In Progress Main Supervisor
Islam Of Malaysian Borneo: A Proposal For Re-Centering The Political Epistemology Of Multicultural Tolerance.
Ph.D In Progress Main Supervisor
Cognitive Principle Of Ilm Al-Tawhid Based On Analysis Of Mujaddidi Thinking.
Ph.D In Progress Main Supervisor
Between Modern Neuroscience And Islamic Philosophy: A Comparative Study Of Cognitive And Affective Powers.
Master Completed 2023 Main Supervisor
Adam (A.S.) And The Origin Of Man: Reconciling The Conflict Between Religious And Scientic Narratives .
Master Completed 2023 Main Supervisor
A Study Of Adorno'S Response To Modernity In The Light Of Nasr'S Critique Of Modern Western Philosophy..
Master Completed 2023 Main Supervisor


Research Projects


Completed
No data
On-Going
2022 - Present Al-Ghazali's Influence and Impact on the Malay World: An Annotated Bibliographical Study
2020 - Present A Preliminary Study of the Content of a 13th Century Manuscript Titled Nafa'is al-Funun fi 'Ara'is Al'Uyun (Treasures of Sciences in the Lovely Realm of Sights) (Persian Manuscript)
2020 - Present Traditional Soul Biology and Modern Evolutionary Biology


Award & Recognition


01 Dec, 2019 Global Humanities Award, International Department - Supreme Council of the Islamic Humanities, Tehran International
01 Jan, 2007 Best Teacher Award, Quality Day - ISTAC, IIUM KCDIO
01 Jan, 2006 Best Researcher Award, Quality Day - ISTAC, IIUM KCDIO
01 Jan, 1994 Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang - Others State


Publications


Article

2023 Beza Hadhari Abdullah Badawi dengan Madani Anwar Ibrahim. Sumberkini, 21 January 2023 () pp.
2023 Central Asian Waqf studies during colonial soviet, and independence periods: a literature review. Al-Shajarah: Journal of The International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), 28 (1) pp. 97-117
2023 Central Asian Waqf studies during colonial, Soviet, and independence periods: a literature review. Al-Shajarah, 28 (1) pp. 97-117
2023 Colonialism in the Malay Archipelago: civilisational encounters. Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia, 179 (2) pp. 275-278
2023 Khonghucu dan Kebudayaan Tiongkok di Asia Tenggara -Perspektif Muslim. International Media, () pp.
2023 Misinterpretations of syariah may lead to violence. New Straits Times, 10 March 2023 () pp. 11-11
2023 Muhammad the ultimate leader: from Western business perspectives by Daud Batchelor. Al-Shajarah, () pp. 190-196
2023 My Say: addressing the lacuna in youth education. The Edge Malaysia, 20 March 2023 () pp. 48-49
2023 My Say: Islam and youth empowerment in Malaysia Madani. The Edge Malaysia, () pp. 1-4
2023 The genesis of Islamic science: the contribution of classical Indian science revisited. Al-Shajarah, 28 (1) pp. 175-185
2023 The middle way is antidote to extremism. New Straits Times, 31 March 2023 () pp.
2022 Book Review: Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics, Vol 2: The Mind. Al-Shajarah: Journal of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), 27 (1) pp. 200-204
2022 Religious authority, Iftā’ culture, and Sectarianism in modern Pakistan: the impact of its intra-Islamic pluralism. Al-Shajarah: Journal of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), 27 (1) pp. 53-75
2022 Scientific history in pre-modern civilizations: a critical review. Al-Shajarah, 27 (2) pp. 351-369
2021 Book Review: Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics, Vol. 1: The Physical World. Al-Shajarah: Journal of ISTAC, 26 (1) pp. 136-140
2021 Syed Ahmad Khan’s twin objectives of educational reforms in British India: muslim advancement and Hindu-Muslim unity. Al-Shajarah: Journal of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), 26 (1) pp. 49-70
2020 Covid-19 and Darwin: a response to Pervez Hoodbhoy. Emotional and Psychological Support, () pp.
2020 Interreligious dialogues in Malaysia. Oxford Islamic Studies Online, () pp.
2020 Issues of Hindu-Muslim relations in the works of Syed Ahmad Khan. Al-Shajarah, 25 (2) pp. 315-334
2020 The link between coronavirus and Darwin according to Pervez Hoodbhoy: a critical response. Intellectual Discourse, 28 (2) pp. 365-386
Book

2023 Islam-Buddhism Eco Dialogue (IBED): application of religion and science to ecology and sustainability. Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM), Vajrayana Buddhist Council of Malaysia (VBCM), Tibetan Buddhist Culture Centre of Malaysia (TBCC), Centre for Civilisational Dialogue (UMCCD), UM, ISBN: 978-983-3070-57-2
2022 Environmental wisdom for Planet Earth: the Islamic heritage. Centre for Civilisational Dialogue, University of Malaya, and Islamic Book Trust, ISBN: 9789672795001
2019 Al-Ghazali Chair of Islamic Thought Inaugural Lecture: advancing comparative epistemology and civilisational and futures studies. ISTAC-IIUM Publications, ISBN: 978-983-9379-64-8
2019 Classifications of knowledge in Islam: a study in Islamic schools of epistemology (reprint with new preface). Islamic Book Trust, ISBN: 9789670526645
Book Section

2023 Foreword. In: The Other Press, ISBN: 9789670957500, pp. ix-xii
2023 Introductory speech. In: Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM), Vajrayana Buddhist Council of Malaysia (VBCM), Tibetan Buddhist Culture Centre of Malaysia (TBCC), Centre for Civilisational Dialogue (UMCCD)., ISBN: 978-983-3070-57-2, pp. 1-5
2023 Islamic philosophy, Prophetic Intelligence, and the AI agenda. In: The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, ISBN: 978-9957-635-69-5, pp. 197-201
2023 Ke arah memperluaskan wawasan dan agenda pendidikan umat Islam Kampuchea: sebuah saranan strategik. In: Ikatan Pembangunan Muslim Selangor - ASMAK, ISBN: 978-623-8091-17-1, pp. 144-164
2023 Quranic ecology: key ideas. In: Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM), Vajrayana Buddhist Council of Malaysia (VBCM), Tibetan Buddhist Culture Centre of Malaysia (TBCC), Centre for Civilisational Dialogue (UMCCD), UM, ISBN: 978-983-3070-57-2, pp. 25-38
2022 Kata Pengantar. In: Inisiatif Buku Darul Ehsan, ISBN: 9789672672319, pp. xii-xx
2022 New Preface. In: Centre for Civilisational Dialogue, University of Malaya, and Islamic Book Trust, ISBN: 9789672795001, pp. vii-viii
2022 The clash of artificial and natural intelligences: will it impoverish wisdom?. In: The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, ISBN: 978-9957-635-64-0, pp. 218-222
2022 The concept of human microcosm: Exploring possibilities of a synthesis of traditional and modern biomedicine. In: Springer Cham, ISBN: 978-3-030-53800-2, pp. 63-77
2021 Coronavirus in the light of traditional integral ecology. In: The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, ISBN: 978-9957-635-61-9, pp. 209-213
2021 Kata Pengantar. In: The Biblio Press Enterprise, ISBN: 978-967-18976-6-9, pp. iii-x
2021 The concept of human microcosm: exploring possibilities of a synthesis of traditional and modern biomedicine. In: Springer International Publishing, ISBN: 978-3-030-53800-2, pp.
2021 The concept of human microcosm: exploring possibilities of a synthesis of traditional and modern biomedicine. In: Springer International Publishing, ISBN: 978-3-030-53800-2, pp.
2020 Enhancing dialogue between religious traditions: an Islamic perspective. In: Amsterdam University Press, ISBN: 978-94-6298-759-3, pp. 215-234
2020 Islam in China and the challenge of sinicization of religion—past and present. In: The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, ISBN: 978-9957-635-44-2, pp. 233-237
2020 Portugal’s conquest of Malacca and spice monopoly: Manueline imperial policy as the motivating factor. In: ISTAC-IIUM Publications, ISBN: 978-983-9379-70-9, pp. 1-32
2020 Prakata. In: ISTAC-IIUM Publications, ISBN: , pp. iii-v
2020 The civilisational history of the Malay archipelago: arguing for a new narrative. In: ISTAC-IIUM Publications, ISBN: 978-983-9379-70-9, pp. ix-xx
2019 Aspek kesejagatan dan peradaban Falsafah Pendidikan Kebangsaan. In: IIUM Press, ISBN: 978-967-491-028-0, pp. 34-51
2019 Introduction to New 2019 Edition. In: ISTAC-IIUM Publications, ISBN: 978-983-9379-65-5, pp. 1-12
2019 Kata Pengantar. In: Maqasid Institute Malaysia, ISBN: 9789671558935, pp. vii-xiv
2019 Towards a postmodern synthesis of Islamic science and modern science: The epistemological groundwork. In: The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, ISBN: 978-9957-635-44-2, pp. 197-201
2018 Multiculturalism: a Malaysian perspective. In: College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University & Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, ISBN: 978-616-443-241-3, pp. 88-108