First issue of IJIA (International Journal of Islam in Asia) is out now.

Volume 1 (2020); Issue 1 (December 2020) in International Journal of Islam in Asia

The establishment of the International Journal of Islam in Asia (IJIA) aims to offer an academic platform for all aspects of research on Islam in Asia, particularly to shed light on understudied Muslim communities. The original intent of creating the journal was to promote scholarly endeavors and research works concentrating on the study of Islam and Muslim societies in Southeast Asia. The region was, and still is, sadly referred to as the periphery of the Muslim world even though it has one of the largest Muslim populations in the world. The Muslim Southeast Asian region manifests a sheer unparalleled diversity of cultures, traditions and mores which have survived for centuries despite the influence of Western modernity, coloniality, and the ascendance of the nation-state system. Through careful and long deliberation among us, the editors, and the publisher, it was decided to expand the regional scope of IJIA to cover the entire Asia and accommodate diverse epistemic backgrounds that could go beyond disciplinary boundaries.

Aside from academic articles, the journal will aim to include policy research that comprises historical and contemporary Muslim communities in Asia and the Asian Muslim diaspora. The journal also aims to cover an eclectic group of articles that vary in their topics such as but not limited to, theoretical, methodological, empirical, religious, spiritual, and critical studies of Islam, including mundane praxes and lived Islam. It is interesting to explore Islamic theories and how they fit or (dis)connected to the ground realities of Muslims’ everyday lives. Moreover, it is necessary to analyze the critical variations of Islamic views when we speak about belief, faith, credence, truth, religion, religious, religiosity, spiritual, and spirituality.

The editors encourage multi-, inter- and transdisciplinarity and eclectic contributions from both scholars and practitioners (e.g. preachers, spiritual/religious leaders, and policy makers) to facilitate a holistic approach towards the study of Islam and of Muslim societies in the entire continent. Although we welcome all research backgrounds and knowledge orientations, for example, a decolonial lens on Islam, we are particularly interested to receive submissions that are relevant to MENA-Asia relations, Islamic thought and intellectual history, Islamic philosophy, intra-Muslim (Sunni and Shi’i) relations, Sufism, canonical and periphery Islam, Islam and ethnicity, Islam and modernity, Islam and politics, Islam and the State, Islam and geopolitics, Islamic Studies and Area Studies, and relations between Muslims and non-Muslims across Asia.

Authors: Nassef Manabilang Adiong, Deina Abdelkader, and Raffaele Mauriello

Sinicizing Islam: Translating the Gulistan of Saʿdi in Modern China
Authors: Alexander Jabbari and Tiffany Yun-Chu Tsai

Islamic Feminism and Hegemonic Discourses on Faith and Gender in Islam
Author: Farah Shahin

Buddhism according to Modern Muslim Exegetes
Authors: Ahmad Faizuddin Ramli, Jaffary Awang, and Zaizul Ab Rahman

Religious Tolerance of Madrasa Students according to Their Religious Affiliation: An Empirical Investigation
Authors: Sadia Shaukat and Anthony William Pell

The Defence of National Identity as a Revolutionary Concept: Gharbzadigī, Islamic Modernisation, and Anticolonialism
Author: Alessia Tortolini

6th Islamic Governance Symposium

You are cordially invited to attend the 6th Islamic Governance Symposium with the theme, “Innovation and Technology in an Islamic System of Governance,” organized by the UBD Institute of Policy Studies and in collaboration with the Institute for Leadership, Innovation, and Advancement (ILIA) and with the Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies.

The event will be held on November 08, 2020 from 8:00am to 4:00pm at ILIA Room 1, ILIA building of the University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD). Click here to register.

For more information, kindly contact +673.832.9747 or email Thank you.

Routledge Virtual Book Launch: International Studies in the Philippines

Join us for a virtual book launch which will map horizons of non-Western approaches in Philippine experiences of International Relations.

About this Event

How can local experiences and the social transformation generated by modernity help to enrich our understanding of the international? What might a version of the much-discussed “non-Western International Relations (IR)” look like? What continuities and discontinuities from the Philippine experience in particular can be useful for understanding other post-colonial polities? The Philippines makes a fascinating case study of a medium-sized, developing, post-colonial, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural state in Southeast Asia.

Program Outline:

Welcome remarks by Taylor & Francis representative

Opening remarks by Rommel A. Curaming (University of Brunei Darussalam)

Introduction by Nassef Manabilang Adiong (University of the Philippines Diliman)

Panel discussion chaired by Frances Antoinette Cruz (University of the Philippines-Diliman)

  • Alan Chong, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU, Singapore

Topic: José Rizal Attacks Imperialism Softly: Comprehending the Depths of Psychological Conversion and the Temptations of Violent Solutions

  • Archill Niña Faller-Capistrano, University of the Philippines Cebu

Topic: Sexploitative Human Trafficking In, Out and Beyond the Philippines: A Liquid Problem in a Cosmopolar International System

  • Amador IV Peleo, independent scholar

Topic: Conclusion – Small Statism and the Non-issue of IR in the Philippines


Closing remarks by Aigul Kulnazarova (Tama University, Japan)


Click to register.

Successful registrants will receive a Microsoft Teams meeting link prior to the event.

Should you have any enquiries, please email us at

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Moral Governance presentation at DAP Graduate School of Public and Development Management

DAP-GSPDM in partnership with DAP sa Mindanao (DsM) conducted today, June 26, 2020, the Second Curriculum Co-Development Workshop for the Master in Public Management Major in Regional and Local Governance and Development (MPM-RLGD) for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).


The workshop focused on the development of a Framework on Moral Governance, with Dr. Nassef Manabilang Adiong, Professor of the UP Institute of Islamic Studies and Research Fellow of DAP-GSDPM, as main speaker. In his presentation, Dr. Adiong emphasized that the confluence of Faith, Freedom, Moral Authority, Common Good, and Social Ethics can produce a government that promotes Moral Governance. The framework will guide the content and delivery of the customized MPM program for the BARMM.


Reactors in this workshop included: BARMM Cabinet Secretary Hon. Mohd Asnin Pendatun, Prof. Alih Aiyub, Dr. Kamaruzzaman Bustamam-Ahmad, Mr. Antonio Kalaw, Jr., Dr. Maria Lourdes Rebullida, Dr. Teodoro Lloydon Bautista, Dr. Sukarno Tanggol and Mr. Mark Lemuel Garcia. The workshop was moderated by Dr. Bautista and Dr. Lizan E. Perante-Calina, Senior Vice President and Dean of DAP-GSPDM.

The project management teams of DAP-GSPDM and DsM for MPM-RLGD are led by Ms. CJ Almodal and Ms. Avon Sinajon, respectively. Both teams collaborated to make the second workshop a success.