Worldview of Islam Series WISE
Ta'dib International Foundation, through its associate Himpunan Keilmuan Muslim (HAKIM), has been organizing the Worldview of Islam Series (WISE) programme for about a decade now. The Series is open to all interested individuals from all walks of life. From an amazing start of 80 students in Kuala Lumpur in 2011, the programme has now been extended and conducted in Sweden (since 2016) and also in Egypt (since 2017). Since its inception WISE has attracted participants from various backgrounds, professions and age groups who came together to deepen their understanding of the worldview of Islam. The acronym “WISE” stands for “Worldview of Islam Series", which began as a year-long educational programme initiated by the Himpunan Keilmuan Muslim (HAKIM) in collaboration with Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) where participants from various backgrounds, professions and age groups came together to deepen their understanding of the worldview of Islam. This weekly seminar runs on Saturdays and spans three semesters every year. WISE has been running for over a decade since its first instalment in 2011, with close to 1,000 students successfully completed its programme. Some of WISE alumni continued their studies at graduate and post-graduate levels in various fields, while some others go back to their respective professions with clarity of perspective, a fresh outlook, and a sense of mission. One of the unique features of WISE is that it brings together people from different backgrounds and experiences to learn and engage in discourses pertaining to the various aspects of the worldview of Islam, through the Malay language as the medium of instruction. The sessions are conducted by a number of scholars who are close students of Tan Sri Prof. Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas. Previous participants of WISE include academics, civil servants, corporate managers, entrepreneurs, schoolteachers, businessmen, social and political activists, politicians, university and pre-university students, and freelance workers. Currently the WISE program has grown into several versions of itself: WISE 16-week program covering 8 modules with tutorial and discussion sessions, conducted in Malay. WISE-2 10-week program specially tailored for alumni of WISE covering 10 more advanced modules, conducted in Malay. WISE Summer School 1-week intensive in house program covering 8 modules with tutorial and discussion sessions, specially allocated reading and studying time with conducive and supporting environment and extra workshops and excursions, with English as the language of instruction. WISE Overseas Similar to WISE Summer School in collaboration with select local organisations. Appropriate adjustments are made to the structure of the modules and contents based on the needs of the locality. Conducted in English.
Specialisation and Application of the Specific Aspects on the Worldview
Offered as a third semester program in 2011 covering topics such as Logic and Islamic Epistemology, Islam in the Malay World, Islamic Philosophy of Science, Jawi as an Islamic Language, and others. To be revived in the near future.
Structure and Content
An Overview of the Worldview of Islam
This module serves as an introduction to the Islamic worldview, its features and fundamental elements such as the nature of God; of Relevation (i.e. the Holy Qur'an); of his Creation; of man and the psychology of the human soul; of knowledge; of religion; of freedom; and of values and virtues, in comparison with the dominant secular worldview. The profound and intimate relationship between the worldview and the language that projects it will also be explicated.
Internal Crisis of Muslims
This module aims to clarify the internal problem of the Muslims, which includes the corruption of knowledge, the loss of adab and the rise of false leaders. The factors that contribute to the emergence of such problems are explored and debated such as incessant sectarianism, the restriction of religious knowledge, the vilification of tasawwuf and the breach of trust and dereliction of duties in the political sphere.
The Concept of Knowledge
This module mainly seeks to describe the meaning, characteristics and purpose of knowledge; its ultimate source and main channels; as well as its classifications. In so doing, the relationship between knowledge and truth, the fundamental distinction between knowledge and information, the intimate link between knowledge, man and God, and the opposites of knowledge shall also be explored. Where appropriate, the aforementioned shall be discussed in comparison with the Western conceptions of, as well as approaches to, knowledge.
The Nature of Man
This module explores the true nature of man according to the Worldview of Islam. It will touch upon various key concepts pertaining to the manner of creation of man, of his dual nature as a physical being and spirit, the purpose of his existence, of his original responsibility and ultimate fate in this world, all of which will be contrasted against the concept of man in the Western secular tradition of anthropology and psychology. This module also explores the meaning and experience of happiness in relation to the twin concepts of virtue and freedom, which is closely connected to the original nature of man, and in contradistinction with the concept of misery which culminates in the notion of tragedy as acted out in the history of the Western civilization from past to present. The various degrees of happiness and the profound relationship between happiness with the truth and certainty will also be explained.
External Crisis of Muslims
This module discusses the definition and meaning of secularization as a philosophical program. The secularization of the natural world as it unfolded in the history of the Western civilization from the period of the ancient Greeks till the present day will be described. The process of secularization which affects political life by relativizing absolute values and denies religious truths will be explored. Several lessons offered by the attempts of Western Christianity to stem the tide of secularization will also be investigated. This module also describes the external challenges faced by the Muslims in the form of the dominant Western civilization, including the definition and characteristic features of the Western civilization and the numerous points of conflict between the Islamic and Western civilizations in terms of worldviews, militaristic occupation, political and economic hegemony, and ideological and cultural infiltration.
The Concept of Religion and the Foundation of Ethics and Morality
This module explores the meaning of the religion of Islam based upon the Holy Qur'an and the Hadith and through the lives of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) and the Companions. The study of religion from the perspectives of falsafah, kalam and tasawwuf will be described. A historical overview of the engagement between Islam and other religions will be provided. Several key issues in the field of comparative religion such as religious pluralism and interfaith dialogues from within the Islamic and Western frameworks will be touched upon.
Cosmos as Created Book
This module aims to (i) expound upon the Islamic conception of the Cosmos (al-‘alam) as the created Book of Divine Signs (ayatuLlah fi al-kawn) that expresses and explicates the Truth of the uncreated Book of Revelation (al-Qur’an); to (ii) sketch out the implications of such an understanding for the cultivation and direction of the various disciplines of knowledge in the Muslim community, especially that of the human and natural sciences (including, to some extent, the religious sciences); and hence to (iii) advocate for the tafsir and ta’wil interpretive framework in the study of the natural world, and thereby to (iv) counter the secularization of the sciences, leading to their systemic dewesternization and Islamization. Case studies from the fields of medicine, agriculture, physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, economics, ecology, psychology, politics and education (including fiqh and usul al-fiqh) shall be discussed briefly to illustrate the conceptual, structural and operational unfolding of this Dewesternization-Islamization project over the short, medium and long term.
Ta'dib as Education in Islam
The module will explore the meaning of ta’dib as the guiding principle in the formulation of a genuinely Islamic philosophy of education. The purpose and goals of education in Islam will be studied in order to arrive at a educational framework that is conceptually sound and can be translated into a systematic program in the form an Islamic education system.
WISE modules are generally structured according to the following themes:
Our team is a community of scholars, students, and administrators from a network of institutions working seamlessly in their various capacities to realise a common objective: An actualisation of Ta'dib as education in Islam.
Featured WISE Lecturer
Dr. Roslan Ab. Jelani
Roslan Abd Jailani is a former Deputy Director of Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT). Before that he served as Administrative and Diplomatic Officer (PTD) with the Government of Malaysia since 1992. He had previously served at the Institute of Language and Literature Malaysia (DBP), the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN), the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), the Ministry of Finance (MOF), and the Ministry of Housing and Local Government. He was also a Special Tasks Officer to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. He is frequently involved in delivering lectures in seminars and courses at national level in the fields of Islamic management, values and ethics, and had developed several comprehensive training modules to be incorporated in academic book publications under NADI programme, Institute of Language and Literature Malaysia (DBP). He is currently pursuing a doctorate degree at the Centre for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation (CASIS), UTM KL.
Featured WISE Lecturer
Dr. Asmaa’ Mohd Arshad
Dr. Asmaa' obtained B.A. Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences from the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), M.A. Islamic Civilization from the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) and P.hD Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of Malaya. She is currently a senior lecturer in Academy of Contemporary Islamic Studies (ACIS), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, specialising in Islamic Civilisation.
Featured WISE Lecturer
Dr. Mohd Sani Badron
Mohd Sani Badron was awarded Bachelor Degree of Laws (LLB) from IIUM in 1993; M.A. and Ph.D in Islamic Thought, ISTAC each respectively in 1998 and 2006. His M.A. thesis subject was Ibn al-'Arabi's Conception of Religion while his Ph.D dissertation was titled Ibn al-'Arabi on Divine Unity. His career began at ISTAC as Research Assistant (1993-1998) followed by Research Fellow (1998-2002). After IIUM repealed the authority of the Institute, he then held the position as Lecturer at the same Institute (2002-2003), and then at the Department of Usuluddin and Comparative Religion, IIUM (2003-2006). Starting April 2006, he has worked as Senior Fellow, Center for Economic and Social Studies, IKIM, and was entrusted as the Center's Director since January 2007. He assisted Prof. Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas in the publication of Risalah untuk Kaum Muslimin (2001), Tinjauan Ringkas Peri Ilmu dan Pandangan Alam (2007), and the typing for manuscript of Islam and the Malay World.
Featured WISE Lecturer
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wan Suhaimi Wan Abdullah
Associate Professor Dr. Wan Suhaimi Wan Abdullah obtained his B.A. (Hons.) in Usuluddin (Aqidah and Philosophy), from Faculty of Theology, Al-Azhar University, Cairo (1992) and proceeded to do his M.A. in Islamic Sciences (Islamic Philosophy) from Faculty of Dar al-Ulum, Cairo University, Cairo (1998). Later he joined ISTAC for his PhD in Islamic Thought with his thesis entitled “Abu al-Barakat’s Psychology: Critical Edition of the Section on Soul (al-Nafs) from al-Mu‘tabar fi al-Hikmah with Analysis and Translation of Selected Texts” (2007). Dr Wan Suhaimi started from being a tutor in 1994 at Faculty of Usuluddin, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (UM) and extended his service to UM to become a Lecturer at the Department of ‘Aqidah and Islamic Thought, Academy of Islamic Studies in 1998, a Senior Lecturer 2005 and an Associate Professor in 2007. Among subjects taught for under and post-graduate courses during his time in UM are Islamic Thought, Islamic Philosophy, Kalam, Sufism, Arabic and Malay Manuscript Studies. During his time in UM, he initiated the publication of Journal of Aqidah and Islamic Thought (AFKAR) and was the Founder and General Editor of Aqidah and Islamic Thought Series. Dr. Wan Suhaimi is currently an Associate Professor in CASIS, UTM, KL (February 2013). He published numerous academic articles in various local and international journals. He also published books like Adab Dan Peradaban: Karya Pengiktirafan Untuk Syed Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas (Kuala Lumpur: MPH Publishing, 2012) with Mohd Zaidi Ismail and Wan Suhaimi Wan Abdullah (Eds.), Konsep Asas Islam dan Hubungan Antara Agama (Kuala Lumpur: Department of Aqidah and Islamic Thought, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya, 2007) by Wan Suhaimi Wan Abdullah and Mohd Fauzi Hamat (Eds.), Tasawwuf dan Ummah (Kuala Lumpur: Department of Aqidah and Islamic Thought, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya, 2004) by Wan Suhaimi Wan Abdullah and Che Zarrina Sa’ari (Eds.)
Our tutors are there to help with any further questions the participants may have. They are there to help with the reading materials, clarify concepts, and point to the appropriate sources. They work closely with the instructors to strive for the most effective educational program possible.
WISE Summer School
WISE Collaborators - Past and Present
WISE in all its variants and instalments have been a result of active and meaningful collaboration between different organisations who share similar aspirations and objectives with mutual trust and commitment.
Raja Zarith Sofiah Centre for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science, and Civilisation (CASIS) is a centre of excellence at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). CASIS seeks to promote post-graduate scholarship and learning for the advancement of knowledge in the fields of study relating to Islam, Science, and Civilisation and their allied sciences under the ambit of the worldview of Islam in full cognisance of relevant developments in other civilisations, especially in the contemporary world.
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