Lecturer, Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies
Dr Amali Amin is a scholar of Islamic studies, focusing on the discipline through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches, with emphasis on empirical methods. He employs multiple lens in his work, primarily of theology and psychology to comprehend the complex nature of Muslims and societies in the contempory Islamic civilisation.
With over 7 years of experience, currently he is the Lecturer in Islamic Studies (History, Civilisation, and Shari’ah) at Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Presently, he is also the Programme Leader (Graduate Studies and Research) for the centre.
His research areas are within the field of psychology of religion, social/cultural/positive psychology, and behavioral sciences. He focuses on society, religion, individual, and behavior. Religion, specifically Islam, is a frequent theme in his research. A significant number of his publications concerns religion, work ethic, discrimination, and education. He had published in various prominent international journals, including Cogent Psychology, Psychological Thought, and Journal of Behavioral Science.
Presently, his research involves investigating the interplay of religion and personality in influencing various unethical behaviors, and in addition to well-being, dark triad traits, and other individual differences. Other projects that he is working on are on entrepreneurship and consumer behavior, which also overlap with personality and religiosity. He is also open to research concerning management, workplace, ethics, and human rights. Other research areas he is interested in are on young Muslims and their beliefs, and reconciliation between religion and the modern life. In sum, his works build and form a holistic understanding of Islamic civilisation in the contemporary world.
Prior to his doctorate in Brunei Studies (with a thesis on the influence of Islamic religiosity toward ethical work behavior with an emphasis on the theory of planned behaviour), he majored in political science with specialization in international relations at the undergraduate level at International Islamic University Malaysia. Then, at the master level, he did psychology, specializing in industry and organization. Currently, he is enrolled in a master’s program in Islamic finance, which will be completed soon.
Other than that, he taught core modules for undergraduates and handle other responsibilities, including administration and operation. During his PhD candidature, he was also involved with the teaching of the module Melayu Islam Beraja. He was awarded several competitive scholarships for his bachelor’s degree, master, and PhD from the government of Brunei Darussalam. Outside of the university, he is an active member of the Malaysian Psychological Association, as well as a member of the Asian Psychological Association. In the latter, he held the position of treasurer (2017-2019). He has also contributed as a reviewer for various journals, including Islamic Guidance and Counseling Journal, Psychological Thought, and Journal of Population and Social Studies.
• BHSc (Political Science) – International Islamic University Malaysia
• MHSc (Psychology) – International Islamic University Malaysia
• PhD (Brunei Studies) – Universiti Brunei Darussalam
• Psychology of Islam
• Islamic Psychology
• Religion, Culture, and Society
• Individual Differences
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