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Imtiaz Ahmed Shaukat Ali Yusuf

Academic Qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Doctor of Philosophy, Temple University, Philadelphia

Imtiaz Ahmed Shaukat Ali Yusuf (Assoc. Prof. Dr.)

Associate Professor
IIUM KL Campus


Other's position:

Coordinator, International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation

Expert Profile

Dr. Imtiyaz Yusuf is Associate Professor and the Coordinator for the Islamization of Knowledge Programme and also Islam and Buddhism Programme at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC-IIUM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dr. Yusuf is currently non-Resident Research Fellow at the Center for Contemporary Islamic World (CICW), Shenandoah University, Leesburg, USA and former Senior Fellow at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, (ACMCU) Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA. He is also the former Director, Center for Buddhist-Muslim Understanding, College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University, Salaya, Thailand.
He specializes in the study of Religion with a focus on Muslim-Buddhist relations and dialogue, Islam in Thailand and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Yusuf‘s most recent publications are:
"Nūr Muḥammadī, Muhammadan Light, and Amitābha/Amida Buddha, the Buddha of Infinite Light - A Muslim's Comparative Theological Perspective." Buddhist-Christian Studies, vol. 42, October 2022, p. 347-358(Scopus and Web of Science (WOS) Indexed); “Muslims as Thailand's Largest Religious Minority” in Routledge Handbook of Islam in Southeast Asia edited by Syed Muhammad Khairudin Aljunied (London: Routledge, 2022) pp. 234-249; “Building Muslim-Buddhist Understanding: The Parallels of Taqwa/Allah Consciousness in the Qur'an and Satipatthana/Mindfulness in Anapanasati Suttain Overcoming Orientalism - Essays in Honor of John L. Esposito edited by Tamara Sonn (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021) pp. 173-190; “Islamic Theology of Religious Pluralism:  Building Islam-Buddhism Understanding” in Pluralism in Islamic Contexts - Ethics, Politics and Modern Challenges edited by Mohammed Hashas, (Springer Nature Switzerland AG, 2021) pp. 201-219; Essential Writings Ismail Al Faruqi  (Kuala Lumpur: Center for Islam in the Contemporary World at Shenandoah University, USA and Islamic Book Trust, Malaysia, 2021); “A Muslim’s Reflections on Saddharamapundariksutra—The Lotus Sutra” in Buddhist-Christian Studies 40 (2020)  pp. 79 –104 (Scopus and Web of Science (WOS) Indexed).        

Area of Specialisation

  • Humanities ~ Humanities ~ Religious Studies ~ Islamic Studies - Islam in Southeast Asia, Thailand, Muslim-Buddhist Relations

Teaching Responsibilities

ISLAMIC REVIVALISM:CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS 2022/2023 2021/2022 2020/2021 2019/2020

Research Projects

No data
2020 - Present Islam and Buddhism in Myanmar and Malaysia



2022 Nūr Muḥammadī, Muhammadan light, and Amitābha/Amida Buddha, the Buddha of infinite light - a muslim's comparative theological perspective. Buddhist-Christian Studies, 42 (Annual one issue per year) pp. 347-358
2021 Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) in Malaysia politics: a history of Tuan Guru Nik Aziz’s scholarship and leadership in establishing an Islamic state in Kelantan. Ulumuna: Journal of Islamic Studies, 25 (1) pp. 108-136
2020 A Muslim’s reflections on Saddharamapundariksutra: the Lotus Sutra. Buddhist-Christian Studies, 40 (Annual (2020)) pp. 79-104
2020 Sanctity of human life, corpse’s reverence and abortion in Islam and Buddhism: comparative study. Research Journal ĪQĀN, 02 () pp. 27-38
2020 Shaykh Ahmadou Bamba: a peacemaker for our time. Al-Shajarah, 25 (1) pp. 210-214
2019 Book Review - Charles Fletcher. Muslim-Christian engagement in the twentieth century: the principles of Inter-faith dialogue and the work of Ismail al-Faruqi.(London: I. B. Tauris, 2015.). Islamic Studies, 58 (1) pp. 155-158
2019 The nabi-rasul in Arabian/semitic religious tradition: Qur’anic monotheism, Prophet Muhammad and the shaping of Muslim world view. Islamic Studies, 58 (4) pp. 519-533
Conference or Workshop Item

2020 A Muslim’s Reflections on Saddharamapundariksutra—The Lotus Sutra. In: 24th Annual International Lotus Sutra “Illuminating One Another in Dialogue: Interreligious Perspectives through the Prism of the Lotus Sutra”,
2020 Globalization and Islam-Buddhist relations in Nusantara. In: Islam, Globalization and Human Sustainability,
2019 Progressive Islam in the Asian context: need for building Islam and Buddhism relations. In: International Conference on Islamic Studies (ICIS),
2019 Strengthening Buddhist-Muslim Relations in Southeast Asia: Islam and Buddhism as unifying forces for peace and harmony in ASEAN region. In: International Buddhist Conference Indonesia: International Conference on Strengthening Buddhist-Muslim Relations in Southeast Asia,

2021 Essential writings Ismail al Faruqi. Center for Islam in Contemporary World Shenandoah University, ISBN: 9789670526928
2019 Perjumpaan Islam & Buddhisme. Kertarajasa Buddhist College, Batu Malang, Indonesia. (2020), ISBN: 9786239200008
2012 Islam and knowledge: Al Faruqi's concept of religion in Islamic thought: essays in Honor of Isma'il Al Faruqi. I.B. Tauris, ISBN: 978 1 78076 068 1
2012 Islam: religion, practice, culture & world order. International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), ISBN: 978–1–56564–587–5
Book Section

2022 Ismail Raji al-Faruqi. In: Brill, ISBN: 978-90-04-46463-6, pp. 37-41
2022 Muslims as Thailand’s largest religious minority. In: Routledge, ISBN: 9780367225377, pp. 234-249
2021 Building Muslim-Buddhist understanding: the parallels of Taqwa/Allah consciousness in the Qur'an and satipatthana/mindfulness in Anapanasati Sutta. In: Oxford University Press, ISBN: 978-0-19-005415-1, pp. 173-190
2021 Islamic theology of religious pluralism: building Islam-Buddhism understanding. In: Springer, Cham, ISBN: 978-3-030-66088-8, pp. 210-219
2019 Ismail al Faruqi: the link between Tudor and the Muslim world. In: iPub Global Connection, LLC, ISBN: 9781948575225, pp. 179-199