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.
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