Name                           : Prof Dr Arndt Graf
Institution                   : Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany
Date of Visit(s)           : 1 – 31 March 2013
E-mail                         : arndtgraf@yahoo.de

Brief Biodata
Prof. Arndt GRAF (PhD Hamburg 1998, second PhD “habilitation” Hamburg 2004) is the Chair of Southeast Asian Studies at the Goethe-University of Frankfurt, Germany, since 2009, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Center of East Asian Studies (IZO) of the State of Hesse at that same university, since 2010. Previously, he served at Universiti Sains Malaysia (2007–2009) and the University of Hamburg (1999–2006). He also held visiting positions at Cornell University, the State Islamic University Jakarta and the University de La Rochelle, France. Arndt Graf’s publications mostly cover aspects of rhetoric, media, and political communication in insular Southeast Asia.


Name                         : Prof Dr Samuel Oluoch Imbo

Institution                   : Hamline University, Minnesota, USA

Date of Visit(s)          : 15 June – 3 September 2010

                                       2 May – 16 July 2011

                                       29 June – 17 August 2012

                                      15 May – 16 June 2013

E-mail                         : simbo@gw.hamline.edu


Brief Biodata

Sam Imbo is Kenyan by birth and American by choice. He is a professor of philosophy and the director of the African American Studies Program at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A. He also held the Hanna Chair in Philosophy at Hamline University from September 2005 until May 2009. He earned his B.A. (Hons) in 1985 from the University of Nairobi in Kenya. He received both his M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1995) degrees from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.A. His teaching, writing and research interests are in the areas of comparative philosophy, Africana philosophy, and social and political philosophy. He is the author of two books. His first book, An Introduction to African Philosophy, was published in 1998. His second book, Oral Traditions as Philosophy: Okot p’Bitek’s Legacy for African Philosophy, was published in 2002. His interest in Islam was sparked by teaching a philosophy of religion course and by an international faculty seminar in June 2007. The seminar, organized by the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) took 14 American professors to France and The Netherlands with a focus on the theme of contemporary European Muslims. In 2008, Professor Imbo taught a seminar at Trier University in Germany on the theme of American Islam.



Name                         : Prof Dr Golam Dastagir

Institution                   : University of Toronto, Canada

Date of Visit(s)          : 7 July – 26 September 2012

                                       8 April – 25 October 2013

E-mail                         : dastagir02@yahoo.com


Brief Biodata

Born in 1962, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dr Golam Dastagir is Professor of Islamic Philosophy at Jahangir Nagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He started his teaching career in January, 1990. Over the last four years, he has been affiliated with the University of Toronto as a Visiting Professor. Prof Golam Dastagir did his B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in Philosophy in 1985 and 1986 respectively with First Class from the University of Dhaka. In 1992, he was awarded a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue higher studies. In 1993, he went to England on a Commonwealth Scholarship and did PhD in Islamic Philosophy at the University of Hull, England in 1998. Dr Dastagir was immensely helped by Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr, while he was researching for his PhD dissertation on Ibn Sina. In 2008, he was nominated for the award of ‘Fulbright Visiting Specialist Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World’ sponsored by the US State Department. Prof Golam Dastagir is former Chairman of the Department of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Philosophical Research and Activities, Bangladesh. At the invitation of Professor George McLean, Dr Dastagir participated in a month-long Islamic Seminar on ‘Faith and Reason Today: Fidelity in Our Time’ sponsored by Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington, D.C. With his initiatives, the International Society for Islamic Philosophy (ISIP) was launched at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC in 2008. Prof Dastagir is former Secretary General of the Bangladesh chapter of Asian Conference of Religions for Peace (ACRP), a sister concern of Religions for Peace, NY, USA. He is Vice President of Bangladesh Philosophical Association and Country Representative of International Association of Sufism (IAS), California.


Name                         : Assoc Prof Dr Stefan Bucher

Institution                   : Sultan Idris Education University (UPSI), Malaysia

Date of Visit(s)          : 2 October – 31 December 2006

                                      10 April – 11 July 2007

                                       29 March 2012 – 30 September 2013

E-mail                         : st_bu@yahoo.com


Brief Biodata

Dr. Stefan Bucher received his PhD (magna cum laude) in philosophy in 1989 at the University of Münster (Germany). He has been an Asst./Assoc. Professor at Kyungbuk National University (Korea), the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tamkang University (Taiwan) and Sultan Idris Education University. He has served on committees and boards in universities, academic associations and an NGO. In Malaysia, he has been collaborating with SUHAKAM in organising Human Rights Days and researching Human Rights education. He has been lecturing and giving talks in numerous countries across Europe, Asia and America covering moral, social and intercultural issues and conducted research on peace, human rights and education while being affiliated with academic research centres in Europe and Asia. One of them is the UM Centre for Civilisational Dialogue, where he had two short-term attachments in 2006 and 2007 and where he serves currently as a Senior Research Fellow, since March 2012.



Name                         : Dr Zobaida Akhter

Institution                   : Bangladesh Open University, Bangladesh

Date of Visit(s)          : 26 April – 25 October 2013

                                       28 October 2013 – 27 October 2014

E-mail                         : zobaida@gmail.com


Brief Biodata

Zobaida Akhter, Ph.D,  is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Civilisational Dialogue, University of Malaya. She was working for Bangladesh Open University. Dr Akhter also worked as Social and Gender Development Specialist (National Consultant) for Public Awareness Campaign of Multi-Sectoral Programme on Violence Against Women in Bangladesh (MSP-VAW), Ministry of Women and Children Affairs; as Female Education Specialist for Female Secondary School Assistance Project (FSSAP-II), Ministry of Education and as Gender and Development Specialist for Second Primary Education Program (PEDP-II), Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, Government of Bangladesh, Secondary Education Sector Development Pro-gram (SESDP-11), Consultant of Royal Nethderland Embassy.She has many articles in National and International journals , her most of the writings are on women rights and gender issues. She always gives emphasis on socio-cultural impact on women against any mal practice. Dr Akhter presented papers in many International Conference on Gender issues towards women empowerment. In international platform, she always takes the opportunity to raise the voice on behalf of women in Bangladesh. She is also a member of “Women for Women” which is one of the largest research organization of Bangladesh. Dr Zobaida Akhter did her Ph.D. in “Women and Equality: The Context of Bangladesh” from the University of Dhaka and completed Post-Graduation course on Gender and Body Language from the University of Hannover, Germany. In Ph.D. dissertation she explained how education and culture affects women’s lives. She established in her thesis that mistaken education are the real cause behind women disempowerment. She did research based on case study on women empowerment in collaboration with International Research Foundation of Open Learning (Cambridge) She loves to teach, and to build awareness through research. She believes that research is the most essential and important vehicle for any educationist to enrich one’s own knowledge and she strongly believes that sharing that knowledge in international platform could enhance the experience of the researcher in a maximum level.


Name                         : Dr Nahid Ferdousi
Institution                   : Bangladesh Open University, Bangladesh
Date of Visit(s)          : 2 September – 30 November 2013
E-mail                         : nahid329@yahoo.com

Brief Biodata

Dr. Nahid Ferdousi is a Research Fellow, Centre for Civilisational Dialogue, University of Malaya. She was working as an Associate Professor of Law in the School of Social Science, Humanities and Languages (SSHL) at Bangladesh Open University. She worked on Juvenile Justice System in Bangladesh: An Analytical Study in her PhD research. She has published books at university level and many articles on the field of women and children rights, environmental issues and open distance learning in various national and international journals. She received an award from University Grant Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh in 2011 for research article on Juvenile Delinquency and Correctional Services in Bangladesh: A Critical Review. Her research interest is related to the field of child rights, women rights and gender issues.


Name                         : Dr Hilal Ahmad Wani
Institution                   : University of Ilorin, Nigeria
Date of Visit(s)          : 22 October 2013 – 21 October 2014
E-mail                         : wanihilal@gmail.com

Brief Biodata
Dr. Hilal Ahmad Wani was born on 10 April, 1980, at Loliporapora, Pattan, District Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, in India. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree B.A. (Hons) in Political Science, with first class, at the Aligarh Muslim University in year 2005 and later Master degree in Political Science with first class, at the Aligarh Muslim University in 2007. Later he did his PHD in Political Science from the Department of Political Science, Aligarh Muslim University. After being awarded by his Doctorate degree in, July, 2012.His topic of PHD was ‘’Conflict Resolution in Jammu & Kashmir: Issues and Challenges’’. He also did his Certificate Course of Proficiency in Language [Kashmiri], Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India in 2004. And Diploma of Proficiency Language [Kashmiri], Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India, in 2006.

His field of research are Peace and Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management, Conflict Transformation, Kashmir Conflict, Federalism, Globalization, Minority Rights and Multiculturalism, Islamic issues, Ethnic Conflict and Management, Civil Society and Good Governance, etc. 

He got an appointment as one year Post-Doctoral Fellowship, at the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria in 2012 September. With his research at the CPSS, he is also teaching a paper “good governance and development. His title of Post Doctorate is ‘’Ethnic Conflict and Management in Federal Nations: A Comparative Study of Nigeria and India’’. He is a member of International Advisory Board, of the International Journal of Management Sciences and Business Research [IJMSBR], Manchester, England. He is also member of the Editorial Board, SOSIOHUMANIKA: Jurnal Pendidikan Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan (Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences Education), Indonesia. Besides, he presented his papers in many conferences be it national and international. He has published about twenty papers in well reputed Journals. His PHD thesis is also going to be published from Germany very soon. He is also the member of the peace organizations such as Society for Peace Studies and Practice, (SPSP), Nigeria. Moreover, he participated in several workshops at different Universities.


Name                           : Dr Mohammad Ismath Ramzy
Institution                   : International Islamic University Malaysia
Date of Visit(s)           : 1 October 2012 – 31 May 2013 (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow)
                                       3 June 2013 – 2 June 2014 (Research Fellow)
                                       10 June – 9 December 2014 (Research Fellow)
                                       10 December 2014 – 9 June 2015 (Research Fellow)
                                       10 August – 9 November 2015 (Research Fellow)
E-mail                         : ismathramzy@gmail.com

Brief Biodata
Dr. Mohammad Ismath Ramzy received PhD in Comparative Religion from International Islamic University Malaysia in 2012. Ismath Ramzy’s publications cover women and peace, peace education, legacy of Ven. Walpola Rahula and Muslim-Buddhist co-existence. His interest extends over the aspects of peace, multiculturalism, co-existence, interfaith dialogue, contemporary Asian religious thoughts and Islamization of Knowledge.


Name                         : Emeritus Prof Dr Shaharir Md Zain
Institution                   : University Kebangsaan Malaysia
Date of Visit(s)          : 12 January 2011 – 11 January 2012
                                       13 January 2012 – 12 January 2013
                                       4 February 2013 – 3 February 2014
                                       10 March 2014 – 9 March 2015
E-mail                         : riramzain@yahoo.com

Brief Biodata
2011- now: Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue, UM 
1983-2008: Professor of Mathematics at UMT (2006-2008) and 
Professor of Mathematical Physics at Univ. Kebangsaan Malaysia since 1983 
1988-1994: Deputy Vice Chancellor at Univ. Kebangsaan Malaysia

Fellowship, Scholarship and Memberhip: 
2006: Felo Persatuan Sains Matematik Malaysia (Offered) 
1996: Felo Akademi Sains Malaysia 
1990: Fellow of the Institute Mathematics and Its Applications, UK 
1992:Honorary Member of The Muslim Assoc. for the Advancement of Science (MAAS) India 
1988: Felo Institut Fizik Malaysia 1987:Fellow of the Islamic Academy, UK 
1987: Listed as a Mathematician by IMU (International Mathematical Union) 
1985/86: Fulbright Scholar , USA 
1979: Commonwealth exchange scholar 
1967-1974: Colombo Plan Scholar 

Received an education in a Malay Medium School up to Sixth Form (Arts Stream up to Form Five; Science Stream from Sixth Form onwards). B.Sc. Hons (in Pure and applied Maths) and Ph.D (in Quantum Mechanics) at Lat Trobe Univ. Melbourne, Australia under the Colombo Plan Scholarship 

General Aims and Purposes in Scientific Activities: 
To produce scientific knowledge based on local values and culture and to strengthen Malay as one of languages of science and mathematics. 

Scientific Products: 
Several yearly articles in Mathematical Physics, Finance & Management Science, History and Philosophy of Mathematical Science, Indigenisation & Islamisation of Mathematical Science, Mathematical Education, Discourses and Engineering in Malay Language, 

Have produced more than 30 university text and reference books in Malay, Hundreds of articles in Malay & English.