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International Seminar on Islam and Ecological Sustainability

Prof Kamali with Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, Minister in The Prime Minister’s Department at the seminar held at IAIS Malaysia on 03 December 2019.

Hadhari Global Award 2018

Professor Kamali receiving Hadhari Global Award at a ceremony in Putrajaya, Malaysia on 15 October 2019.

International Best Book of the Year Award

The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam: The Qur’anic Principle of Wasatiyyah was named as the Best Book of the Year for 2016 at the 24th Iran International Book Festival.

Presented keynote address

'Public Policy in Islam: Exploring Synergies Between Siyasah Shariyyah and Maqasid al-Shari’ah' at Conference on Maqasid al-Shari’ah, 15-16 June 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Award Winning Publication

In The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam, leading Islamic law expert Mohammad Hashim Kamali examines the concept of wasatiyyah, or moderation, arguing that scholars, religious communities, and policy .....

SC-OCIS Roundtable 2014 Proceedings

22-23 March 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

3rd Catholic-Muslim Forum

Vatican City, 12 November 2014.

 Latest Publications 

  • Separation of Powers From an Islamic Perspective Separation of powers is an important instrument of checks and balances in a democratic government. It takes its origin in the basic rationale that concentration of power in a single person or organisation is prone to corruption and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Separation of powers is a western constitutional law doctrine, but which also resonates well with many of the Islamic principles of government. Islamic law is firm on the independence of judges, and its commitment also to accountability and the rule of law. All the three organs of state have their recognised roles and functions free of interference…
  • Fatwa and Ijtihad in Malaysia: Juristic and Historical Perspectives The paper is presented in two parts, one of which explores the various dimensions of fatwa and ijtihad in Islamic jurisprudence and how they are applied in Malaysia and other Muslim countries whereas part two is devoted to fatwa-related developments in Malaysia. Fatwa and ijtihad are explored together as there are many commonalities between them and the source evidence concerning the one often converge with the other. The discussion begins with a comparative note on fatwa and ijtihad and some of the ways in which they differ. Whereas ijtihad is not regulated by any statutory instrument, various Muslims countries have…
  • Islam and Diplomacy: The Quest for Human Security Islam and Diplomacy provides a wide-ranging discourse on the relevance of Islam to global well-being and human security from legal, spiritual, moral and historical perspectives. As prevailing realities in the Middle East and many other parts of the world amply demonstrate, the tools of modern secular diplomacy are not always adequate to address violent sectarian or religious clashes and social tensions, nor to suggest long-term workable solutions for them. This book expounds the largely untapped potential of a faith-based diplomacy and suggests integrating religious norms as an added impetus to conventional diplomacy for the benefit of global peace and harmony.…
  • The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam In The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam, leading Islamic law expert Mohammad Hashim Kamali examines the concept of wasatiyyah, or moderation, arguing that scholars, religious communities, and policy circles alike must have access to this governing principle that drives the silent majority of Muslims, rather than focusing on the extremist fringe. Kamali explores wasatiyyah in both historical/conceptual terms and in contemporary/practical terms. Tracing the definition and scope of the concept from the foundational sources of Islam, the Qu'ran and Hadith, he demonstrates that wasatiyyah has a long and well-developed history in Islamic law and applies the concept to contemporary…

 Latest Articles 

  • Fresh interpretation needed
    Fresh interpretation needed It may be said at the outset that in discussing haj related issues, one runs the risk of touching on public sensitivities as haj is part of the devotional aspects (‘ibadat) of Islam and not as open to rational enquiry in the same way as are matters of concern to civil transactions (mu‘amalat). That said, raising questions over haj management matters tangential to the substance of worship should not be a problem. Islam does not even preclude religious matters from rational investigation in the spirit of healthy renewal and reform (tajdid). Earlier precedent confirms this when, for instance, caliph Umar al-Khattab…
    Written on Monday, 23 December 2019 10:00 Read 617 times
  • Fighting Corruption: An Islamic Perspective
    Fighting Corruption: An Islamic Perspective Due to the numerous forms it can take, corruption escapes the idea of a comprehensive definition. It knows no boundaries, applies to the rich and poor individuals, organisations and countries, and it is as old as human history itself. Corruption can include bribery, unlawful gifts and donations, extortion, nepotism, buying influence, favouritism, fraud, embezzlement and the like. They are all forbidden on the basis they seek to distort the course of justice. Differences in interpretation of a particular hadith (words of Prophet Muhammad) on the validity or otherwise of the declaration of personal assets of government officials have recently been featured…
    Written on Thursday, 25 July 2019 11:00 Read 739 times
  • Death penalty under criminal law and syariah
    Death penalty under criminal law and syariah Following the United Nations General Assembly’s call in June 2007 for the abolition of the death penalty on the grounds of protecting human rights, the then minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz, announced in October 2008 that the Malaysian government was considering withdrawing the mandatory death sentence for drug offences and replacing it with jail terms. Death punishment for murder, terrorist acts, treason, kidnapping, rape, possession of fire-arms and drug trafficking applies to this day in Malaysia. The Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 provides for the mandatory death sentence for possessing and distributing drugs. But total…
    Written on Sunday, 02 June 2019 10:00 Read 638 times
  • Tayyib and Fitrah: Food and Salvation
    Tayyib and Fitrah: Food and Salvation Tayyib is often used in juxtaposition with halal and often as synonymous with it. But a less well-known aspect of tayyib is its role as a conduit between the physical and the spiritual dimensions of halal, that of the body and the soul. “Intelligent people know that seeking salvation in the hereafter,” wrote the twelfth-century polymath, Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, “depends on learning and practice.” For only a healthy body can provide consistency for salvation of the soul. Al-Ghazali added that serenity of the body is not possible without food and nourishment. In the light of this wisdom, some pious ancestors…
    Written on Friday, 11 January 2019 11:11 Read 660 times
  • Female genital mutilation forbidden in Islam
    Female genital mutilation forbidden in Islam Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision, is the removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. FGM was practiced among the pre-Islamic Arabs and has survived among some Arab communities after the advent of Islam. Its practice today is widespread despite the generally negative opinion of Muslim scholars concerning it. FGM is seen as an injury and violation of the physical integrity of a female child. Islamic law and religion only validates circumcision of the male child. There have also been international efforts to persuade practitioners to abandon it, and in…
    Written on Monday, 17 December 2018 11:11 Read 876 times


  • What Everyone Needs to Know about Shariah
    The information on Shariah provided in this paper is organized in 52 pages and eight sections, all in question and answer format, and is reflective of the classical Shariah positions and how they are applied or feature in the present-day Muslim countries. Some of the areas where modern reforms and Islamic revivalism of the latter part of twentieth century might have introduced changes are also mentioned. Each section features a number of questions of general interest, some topical and others informative of the state of the art. The purpose is not to provide exhaustive details on any of the themes…
  • The Relationship Between Executive and Parliament and the Problem of Constitutional Interpretation and Adjudication During the Karzai Years
    This article advances an enquiry into President Hamid Karzai’s (r. 2001-2014) constitutional legacy with special reference to relations between the executive and legislature during his presidency. Before engaging in that enquiry, a brief account is given in the introduction of the developments during the months following Karzai’s exit from office. What happened during this period tends to accentuate the unresolved issues of Karzai’s presidency and put Afghanistan’s commitment to constitutionalism to the test. The events of the past six months also point to the need for clarity regarding the status of constitutional interpretation and judicial review, two necessary ingredients of…

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