Welcoming Address

to CASIS-HAK Seminar on Imam Abdullah al-Haddad by Current Director of CASIS, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Khalif Muammar

Our Mission

We seek to promote advanced scholarship and learning for the advancement of knowledge in the field of studies 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, along with the educational philosophy and practice espoused by Tan Sri Professor Dr. Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas.

SMN al-Attas Chair

SMN Al-Attas Chair is a distinguished chair established at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s Raja Zarith Sofiah Centre for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science, and Civilization. The Chair is named in honor of Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas, world-renowned Malay thinker in the contemporary world. The Chair is endowed by Yayasan Raja Zarith Sofiah Negeri Johor and conducts, inter alia, RZS CASIS Saturday Night Lecture Series, scholarly dialogues, and seminars.

Saturday Night Lecture (SNL) Series

The longest lecture series ever held in the Malay World. It has received tremendous support from all walks of life; its audience includes academics, diplomats, politicians, administrators, public servants, professionals, educators, activists and students alike, regardless of age. It began since the inception of ISTAC in the early 90s by its Founder-Director, Tan Sri Professor Dr. Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas, till 2002. Now CASIS is continuing the estafette. 


Your assistance in the forms of dedicated zakat, wakaf, and sadaqah contributions will accelerate our institution to become an excellent centre of scholarship and learning with the highest quality of intellectual and academic faculty, and an excellent library.

Royal Address

By Her Majesty Raja Zarith Sofiah Binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah Permaisuri Johor and Chancellor of UTM, 10th February 2018, CASIS UTM Kuala Lumpur.


Since the concept of ‘faculty’ (quwwah) refers to a living being in whom the attribute of ‘knowledge’ subsists, and this knowledge is the governing principle of his thought and action, the university must have been conceived in emulation of the general structure, in form, function and purpose of man. It was meant to be a microcosmic representation of man –indeed, of the Universal Man (al-Insān al-Kullī). 

Tan Sri Professor Dr. Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas

(Islam and Secularism, 1978, 154)

Nilai mementingkan ilmu sebagai kebaikan utama, sumber segala kebaikan (yakni jika disertakan dengan kehendak gigih dan niat ikhlas) telah melahirkan sikap memberatkan pendidikan sebagai kaedah utama. Bagi diri dan masyarakat berbudaya ilmu, tujuan utama pendidikan bukanlah untuk mendapatkan pekerjaan bergaji lumayan atau melahirkan tenaga kerja cekap tetapi untuk menanam sikap memuliakan ilmu, menuntutnya dan terus menghayatinya seumur hidup.

Wan Mohd Nor Wan Daud

(Penjelasan Budaya Ilmu, 1997, 56)

Postgraduate Programs

CASIS offers two research programmes: Master of Philosophy in Islamic Civilisation, and Doctor of Philosophy in Islamic Civilisation. Both programmes are research-based, which means students are required to produce a thesis reflecting an academic work worthy of such degrees.

Program Structure

The Master and Doctoral Program offered by CASIS are a Research only by definition. But to ensure our students to follow and understand the philosophy of education promoted by CASIS, we provide pre-requisite coursework throughout the study. Students are required to take some courses with the HW (check the list of courses) status with the intention to complete and strengthen some fundamental understandings in order to ensure success in their research. 

Professor Dr. Wan Mohd Nor Wan Daud

Founder and Former Director

Professor Dr. Muhammad Zainiy Uthman

Former Director and Lecturer

Associate Professor Dr. Khalif Muammar A. Harris

Current Director and Lecturer

Professor Dr. Tatiana Denisova


Associate Professor Dr. Wan Suhaimi Wan Abdullah


Dr. Suleiman Mohammed Hussein Boayo

Adjunct Professor

Associate Professor Dr. Wan Azhar Wan Ahmad


Dr. H.A. Hellyer

Adjunct Professor