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Dr Jabal Buaben Associate Professor, Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies

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Dr Jabal Buaben

Associate Professor, Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies jabal.buaben@ubd.edu.bn


ABOUT ME

Born in Ghana but now a British Citizen, Jabal began his career as a Trained Teacher and later underwent a Programme of Study for a Specialist Certificate in the Teaching of Science, and worked as a Science Education Organizer in the Berekum District of Ghana. He obtained his BA [Hons.] Dip. ED. Degree from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, in Religious Studies specializing in Islamic Studies. He pursued his MA and PhD at the University of Birmingham, U.K.

He taught for nine years at the International Islamic University, Malaysia before returning to join the Faculty at the University of Birmingham in 1996. Jabal taught at the Undergraduate, and MA Levels and Supervised many PhD Research Degrees at the University of Birmingham. He was the Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in the Department of Theology and Religion for four years. He is an active member of Key Interfaith Organisations in The United Kingdom and often gets invited to give Keynote Addresses at Conferences with bearings on Interfaith Dialogue, Education and Inter-Cultural Relations. He has been an International Speaker at Training Events in places like Hungary, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. He has been a Consultant for Online Research Projects including the 'Understanding Islam' funded by the Coexist Foundation, London. He joined the University Brunei Darussalam as an Associate Professor in 2012, where he has been the Programme Leader for Graduate Studies in Islamic Studies since then.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Islamic Studies
Comparative Religion
Science and Religion
Interfaith Relations
African Traditional Religious Thought
Islamic Da'wah
Postgraduate Research Supervision
Religion and The Arts


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

'Hassan Al-Turabi's Discourse on Faith, Renewal and Ijtihad' in: AJISS Vol.32, No.1, 2015, pp.75 -94.

'An Intercultural Dialogue from within Muslim Communities' A Book Chapter in: Agree to Differ. UNESCO Publishing, 2015 [Together with Prof.Dato Dr. Osman Bakar, Pg Dr Norhazlin and Dr Azmi Mohamad].

'Hassan Al-Turabi's Discourse on the Arts: Conservative Prohibitions and Cautious Permission' in: AJISS Vol. 32 No. 4 2015 pp.134 -46.

‘What makes a Good City? – A Muslim Perspective’. An Online article at: http://www.faithsforthecity.org.uk/Papers/Islam.pdf

'The Numbers Game: A Muslim Perspective on Immigration and Integration', London School of Theology, 2010.


TOP PUBLICATIONS

Image of the Prophet Muhammad in the West - A Study of Muir, Margoliouth and Watt. Leicester, The Islamic Foundation, 1996.

Islam Beyond the Stereotype; Collected Essays. Cambridge, Mandelbachtal, 2000.

'A Comparative Study of Islamic Law of Inheritance and Fante Customary Law of Inheritance'. ICMUR Vol. 4 No. 4 pp.1 -26.

‘What makes a Good City? – A Muslim Perspective’. An Online article at: http://www.faithsforthecity.org.uk/Papers/Islam.pdf

'The Numbers Game: A Muslim Perspective on Immigration and Integration', London School of Theology, 2010.


CONSULTANCY

2007–09: MEMBER OF TEAM OF FOUR CONSULTANTS FOR THE ONLINE PROJECT -‘UNDERSTANDING ISLAM’; Sponsored by the Coexist Foundation, London.

2008-10: MEMBER OF THE ‘FAITHS FOR THE CITY’ RESEARCH GROUP set up under the auspices of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, The University of Birmingham, U.K.


SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, or ACADEMIC BENEFITS

My Main Book on : 'Image of the Prophet Muhammad in the West...' has been actively used in many departments of Universities in Europe and researchers looking at the subject of Orientalism.