These are some of the interesting answers you will find in Rihlah Ilmiah:
1. What motivated the author to pursue studying under Fazlur Rahman when he could have continued doing Science?
2. What is the author's opinion on the usage of the word "Allah" in Malaysia?
3. How does the author rationalize the teachings of Fazlur Rahman with Syed Naquib al-Attas?
4. What would the author have done differently in his student and career life if given the chance?
5. How can we fully optimize Usrah sessions?
6. What is the meaning of Happiness in Islam?
7. Why was Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) i.e. the National University of Malaysia established?
8. Why is the use of Bahasa Malaysia so important?
9. Read the heartfelt and stimulating speech by His Excellency Raja Dr Nazrin Shah (the Crown Prince of Perak) at Prof Dr Syed Naquib al-Attas's book launch "Knowledge, Language, Thought and the Civilization of Islam: Essays in Honour of Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas."
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Title: Rihlah Ilmiah: Dari Neomodernisme ke Islamisasi Ilmu Kontemporer
Publication Date: March, 2012
Publisher: Self Published
Language: Malaysian Language (Bahasa Malaysia)
The book, which contains 19
chapters, tells the experience and reflections of the author living and studying
in Kelantan, Pakistan and the US. Readers get a closer look at his stint as the
co-founder and President of the Malaysian Islamic Study Group (MISG) as well as
the Muslim Students’ Association of US and Canada, as a student at Northern
Illinois University and the University of Chicago where we can understand his
interactions with various renowned scholars such as Fazlur Rahman, Syed
Muhammad Naquib al-Attas, Ismail Raji al-Faruqi, Seyyed Hosein Nasr, Alparsalan
Acikgenc, Nurcholisch Madjid, Amein Rais, Syafii Maarif, Imadudin Ab Rahim and
many more; his co-founding and development of the International Institute of
Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), his knowledge-driven travels to
Africa, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Iran, Pakistan, Japan, Turkey, Russia and
Indonesia. Included are 3 of his never-released poems on knowledge and
education and 50 pictures in color.
Prof. Dr. Wan Mohd Nor Wan Daud is a scholar, educational administrator, intellectual activist and motivator, and poet.
From Feb 2011 he was appointed Director of the Center for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilization (CASIS), a post graduate center of excellence at the University of Technology Malaysia (UTM), International Campus, Kuala Lumpur.
In June 2011, he was appointed as Distinguished Fellow at the Academy of National Affairs (Akademi Kenegaraan), Bureau of Civic Consciousness, Prime Minister’s Department.
2008-2010 he was a Principal Research Fellow at the Institute of the Malay World and Civilization, the National University of Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia. At this Institute he headed the Theory Construction and Epistemology Group.
He was formerly the Deputy Director, International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, (ISTAC), International Islamic University Malaysia when ISTAC was led by its Founder-Director and one of the most creative scholars in the contemporary Muslim world; Prof Dr Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas. There he to assisted Prof al-Attas in all aspects of curricular planning and instruction, student development and supervision, library acquisition, publication, seminars, public relation and significantly contributed towards making ISTAC as Islamic research and post graduate centre of highest international repute. As deputy director, his rank was equivalent to that of deputy vice chancellor of a public university in the country.
Prof. Dr. Wan Mohd Nor has written more than 16 books and monographs as well as more than 40 academic articles in local and international journals, of which the major ones are: "The Concept of Knowledge in Islam: Its Implications for Education in a Developing Country" (New York and London,1989); "The Beacon on the Crest of a Hill" (ISTAC, 1991); "Penjelasan Budaya Ilmu" (A Commentary on the Culture of Knowledge) (Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 1990); [the second edition published by Pustaka Nasional Singapore 2003 has two additional chapters]; "The Educational Philosophy and Practice of Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas : An Exposition of the Original Concept of Islamization" (ISTAC, 1998); "Pembangunan di Malaysia: Ke Arah Satu Kefahaman Baru yang Lebih Sempurna" (Development in Malaysia: Towards a Holistic Understanding (ISTAC, 2000); Mutiara Taman Adabi: Sebuah Puisi Mengenai Agama, Filsafat dan Masyarakat (Pearls from the Garden of Adab: A Philosophical and Historical Poem on Religion and Society) ( Kota Bharu, Dian Darulnaim, 2003); and Dalam Terang : Sebuah Puisi Mentafsirkan Amanah Insan (Under the Light: An Interpretation of Human Destiny) (Petaling Jaya:Tradisi Ilmu, 2004); Hadhari Muslim Society: An Epistemological and Educational Approach Towards National Unity, was published by the National Literary Council (Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka), in 2006.
He also co-authored a book with Prof Dr Syed M Naquib al-Attas, The ICLIF Leadership Competency Model: An Islamic Alternative, was published by the International Centre for Leadership in Finance (ICLIF), KL, in 2007. He also co-edited with Muhammad Zainiy Uthman, Language, Thought and Knowledge and the Civilization of Islam: Essays in Honour of Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas, is published by University of Technology Malaysia (UTM), in 2010. His other book, Budaya Ilmu dan Gagasan 1Malaysia (Akademic Kenegaraan and CASIS, 2011). His latest book, an intellectual biography, Rihlah Ilmiah : dari Neomodernisme ke Islamisasi Ilmu Kontemporer (Jakarta, 2012).
Several of his books, articles and monographs have been translated into Malay, Indonesian, Turkish, Japanese, Persian, Russia, Bosnian, Arabic and Macedonian
My name is Asma Wan. This blog is a temporary blog to assist with Prof Dr Wan Mohd Nor Wan Daud in getting his newly published book: Rihlah Ilmiah to the masses. Once I start-up a proper e-store with more of his and other scholars' works, I will let you know. Stay tuned for more updates.