The Qur’an is the supreme authority in Islam. It is the fundamental and paramount source of the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of the Islamic religion. It is the book that differentiates between right and wrong, so that nowadays, when the Muslim world is dealing such universal issues as globalization, the environment, combating terrorism and drugs, issues of medical ethics, feminism, evidence to support the various arguments is sought in the Qur’an. 

M.A.S. Abdul Haleem

I am an Indonesian, a husband, a father of three, and currently doing my Ph.D. research under Fulbright Scholar Program at Graduate Program for International Studies (GPIS) of Old Dominion University (ODU), Norfolk, Virginia. My study interest focuses on the theme of how religious communities respond to globalization. I am also Lecturer on (study) leave at International Relations Study Program at President University of Indonesia. Currently, I am working on my Ph.D. dissertation on the topic of Takaful or Islamic Insurance Development while working as a Graduate Assistant (GA) as WebTech of College Arts and Letters of ODU.

I earned my BA in Political Science from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia in 2005 with a BA thesis on a neo-Gramscian analysis of the Zapatista movement in Mexico. I received my MA in International Relations from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands supported by the StuNed program in 2010. My MA thesis examines the role of China as a responsible stakeholder in the International Financial System.

I am also actively involved in Muslim Students Association of ODU where I have served as its President from 2014 to 2016. We utilize systemic thinking and social innovation to address our problems especially in building social justice and inclusion as an effort to challenge the current discourse of Islamophobia.

2018 Teacher of The Year Al-Iman Islamic Sunday School
2016 IIIT Student Research Fellowship
2014 PhD Fulbright Scholar
2010 Study Association Clio’s International Research by Students Programme 2009-2010, University of Groningen and sponsored by Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation.
2009 StuNed Master Scholarship Program
2004 DAAD Group Visits to Germany by Foreign Students

2018 CPR/AED/FA Lay Responder Course, American Red Cross
2018 CLT Workshop Foundational Strategies for Effective Online Teaching, Old Dominion University
2018 Big Data Workshop
2018 Diversability Training, Old Dominion University.
2016 International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) Summer Student Program

Computer Skills: R, ArcGIS, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Publisher, AEM.

Languages Skills: Arabic (intermediate), Bahasa Indonesia (native), English (fluent), Javanese (native), Mandarin (basic).

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