Kamal Hassan

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Kamal Hassan (born 27 October 1942) is a renowned Muslim academic and Islamic scholar, specializing in Contemporary Islamic Thought, particularly pertaining to the Southeast Asia region. He was the Rector of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) from 1999 to 2006.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Kamal Hassan was born in Pasir Mas, Kelantan and attended an English school (Sultan Ismail School) in Kota Bharu. He attained his Bachelor degree in Islamic Studies from Universiti Malaya (UM) in 1965. Later, he received his Masters (MA) and PhD (1975) from Columbia University, New York.[2][3]

Academic career[edit]

He was professor and head the 9th g of the Department of Usuluddin and Philosophy at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1979, after which he moved to International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in 1983. After becoming the first Dean of the Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences at IIUM, he served as the Rector of IIUM for seven years from 1999 to 2006.[1][2][4]

In 2010, Kamal Hassan was among three who were awarded the title of the distinguished professor, also known as Professor Ulung, by the Department of Education, Malaysia.[5]


Kamal Hassan is widely published and quoted, and is considered among the foremost authorities on Islam in the Malay world. His books include:

  • Voice of Islamic moderation from the Malay World. (2011) EMIR - Emerging Markets Innovative Research (M) Sdn. Bhd. , Kuala Lumpur . ISBN 978967107000 Parameter error in {{isbn}}: Invalid ISBN..
  • Globalisasi: cabaran kepada kedudukan pendidikan bangsa Melayu (2002) Institut Perkembangan Minda (INMIND) , Petaling Jaya, Selangor . ISBN 983918461X.
  • Moral and ethical issues in human resource development: old problems and new challenges (2003) Institut Kajian Dasar Malaysia , Kuala Lumpur . ISBN 9838840092.


  1. ^ a b "Distinguished Prof. Tan Sri Dr. Mohd. Kamal Hassan". University Kebangsaan Malaysia. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "World Islamic Countries University Leaders Summit 2016: Dr. Kamal Hassan". WICULS. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Universiti Islam Malaysia: Who's who". Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "MAS ICNA: Prof. Dr. Kamal Hassan". MAS-ICNA. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "3 named distinguished professors". The Sun Daily. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 

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