Dr Azmi Mohamad


Lecturer, Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies



Dr. Azmi Mohamad is a lecturer at Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). He joined UBD in January 2015 after having passed his PhD in Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham in November 2014. Building on his doctoral work on European Islam and reform, Azmi conducts research primarily in the area of Contemporary Muslim Thought, focusing on modern readings of and approaches to Islam in the 21st century. As a multidisciplinary researcher, Azmi situates his work at the crossroads of Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, and Cultural Studies, with a firm grounding in Islamic scholarship.


BA Qur'an and Sunnah Studies (International Islamic University Malaysia)
MA Islamic Studies (University of Birmingham)
PhD Theology and Religion (University of Birmingham)


Contemporary Muslim Thought
Islamic Ethics
Islam and Society
Muslim Cultural Studies


Faith Communities and Everyday Environmental Stewardship (October 2019 - April 2021)

This project is a collaboration between academics at UBD and academics at Baylor University. It seeks to analyze the role that religious texts and leaders in Brunei (a) currently do and (b) ought to or could potentially play in shaping the practices of environmental stewardship in the Muslim-Bruneian context. Studies in Brunei suggest that Bruneian Muslims lack the knowledge, enthusiasm, and skills to lead environmentally-friendly and ecologically-responsible decisions and lifestyles despite being aware of environmental challenges (Cheong, 2002; Ahmad, 2015). As the project is interested in the everyday, on-the-ground reality of religious practices, it begins concretely in the practices and beliefs of these Muslims. The sampling population comprises Muslims living in three rural and three urban communities in the country. The purpose of the project is to discover or develop best practices for Bruneian Muslims as they seek to educate for everyday environmental stewardship. Ultimately, the project aims to contribute to a better understanding of how Bruneians as a whole regardless of religion can take steps towards living and flourishing in the face of the forecasted bleak environmental future.

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Islamic Intellectual Thought and Heritage in the Malay World

This project is a collaboration between academics from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPUSB), and Universitas Islam Indonesia (several branches). It aims to give an understanding of how the intellectual heritage of Islam has shaped the art, architecture, and culture of the people in Southeast Asia and in the Malay world in particular. To this end, the researchers seek to (a) identify the factors that led to the development of the rich intellectual Islamic heritage in this region and (b) study the intellectual contributions of great scholars in Malay-Islamic civilisation (e.g., Abd al-Samad al-Falimbani, Hamzah Fansuri, and Shamsuddin al-Sumatrani). This projects covers a wide range of themes to give room for a variety of approaches and contributions, such as follows: • Islamization in the Malay world • The Establishment of the Sultanates • The Network of Ulamas • The Lives and Thoughts of the Ulama • Malay-Islamic Intellectual Works • Education System of the Malay World • Malay-Islamic Architecture • Malay-Islam and its International Relations • Governance Structure of the Sultanates in the Malay World

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Scopus Publications


Fasting in Ramadan of Muslim patients with diabetes Mellitus, and knowledge and practice in relation to diabetes control in Brunei
C Tan, AML Yong, MAH Mohamad, HA Rahman, L Naing
Diabetes research and clinical practice 144, 171-176

An Intercultural Dialogue from within Muslim Communities: A Global Overview
Osman Bakar, Pg Norhazlin Muhammad, Jabal Buaben, Azmi Mohamad
Agree to Differ; UNESCO, 91-96