Prof. Azizan Baharuddin
Professional title
Deputy Director-General,Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia, Institute of Islamic Understanding
Malaysia professor ,Department of Science & Technology Studies

Brief introduction
Received her BSc. (Hons) Biology, University of Tasmania, Australia in 1978, MSc. (Univ. College London) and PhD in Philosophy of Science, University of Lancaster, U.K.. She specializes in several areas such as environmental and bioethics, science, religion and development; interfaith and intercivilisational dialogue. She has published widely in all these areas (14 books & monographs and more than 100 articles). She is also active in several NGOs that are connected with development as well as being a member of various advisory and consultative committees for ministries such as Unity & National Integration, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Women’s and Social Development, Ministry of Science and Technology. Besides annually giving papers at various conferences locally and abroad, she is also invited regularly to give inputs through the local media regarding issues that are of relevance and connected to her areas of specialization. She was Director of the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue, University of Malaya (UM) (2000-2011). Currently she is professor at the Department of Science & Technology Studies at the UM as well Deputy Director-General at the *Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM); where one of her major functions is to supervise the research and publication divisions. Her own area of focus is science and religion.?Through IKIM she contributes regularly to the local STAR newspaper and goes on air live over IKIMfm (IKIM’s radio) on Science and Islam/religion.

?Examples of her recent publications include, Azizan Baharuddin “Guardianship of Nature, An Islamic Perspective in the Context of Religious Studies, Theology and Sustainable Development” in Michael Ipgrave and David Marshall (eds.), Humanity Texts and Contexts, Georgetown Unversity Press, 2011); Zeeda Fatimah, Norshahzila Idris, Azizan Baharuddin, Amran Mohammed, Nik Meriam Sulaiman, “The Role of Religious Communities in Recycling: Empirical Insights From Malaysia”, “Journal of Resources, Conservation and Recycling” 58 (2012) 143-151; Azizan Baharuddin & Y. Shimizu (eds.) 2009. Environmental Ethics Regulation & Economy, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science & University of Kyoto; Simon T.W. and Azizan B. (eds)(2008), Dialogue of Civilisations and the Construction of Peace. Centre for Civilisational Dialogue, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur; Islam and Dialogue of Civilisations, (2006), Science & Religion: An Islamic Perspective (2007) and Rediscovering the Resources of Religion in Sharon Harper, The Lab, Temple and the Market: Intersection of Science, Religion and Development, IDRC, Ottawa (2000); Islam and Ecology: a Bestowed Trust; co-edited with Richard Foltz and Azim Najim, University of Harvard Press (2003) and “Dialogue of Civilisations and the Construction of Peace”, co-edited with Thomas Simon and A. Gunn, CCD, University of Malaya (2007). She is also a member of the UNESCO International Network of Women Philosophers; member of the National Bioethics Committee, Malaysia; member of the Committee for the Promotion of Interreligious Harmony Malaysia as well as member of the National Research and Science Council.

* In Malay: Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia




Department of Religious Studies, Hsuan Chuang University

Life Conservationist Association

HongShi Buddhist Cultural and Educational Foundation


Ministry of Science and Technology,Republic of China

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.

Ministry of Education, R.O.C.

Hsuan Chuang University


Hsuan Chuang University Research Center For Applied Ethics

Buddhist HongShi College