Dr Osman Bakar


Distinguished Professor, Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies and Director, Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies



Osman Bakar, who earned a doctorate in Islamic philosophy from Temple University, Philadelphia is currently Distinguished Professor and Director of Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. He was formerly Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & Research) of University of Malaya, Malaysia Chair of Southeast Asian Islam at the Prince Talal al-Waleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington DC and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, Malaysia (IAIS). An Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Science at the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Malaya, he was also the founder of the University’s Center for Civilizational Dialogue (1996). Dr Bakar is an author of 20 books and more than 300 articles on various aspects of Islamic thought and civilization, particularly Islamic science and philosophy and Islam in Southeast Asia. He was a member of the Council of 100 Leaders of the West-Islamic World Initiative for Dialogue founded by the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland. He has been named several times among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world (including the latest 2017 edition). His two most well-known books, 'Classification of Knowledge in Islam' and 'Tawhid and Science' have been translated into numerous languages. His latest books are 'Islamic Civilization and the Modern World: Thematic Essays' (2014), 'Quranic Pictures of the Cosmos: The Scriptural Foundation of Islamic Cosmology' (2016), and 'Islamic Perspectives on Science and Technology' (co-editor, 2016).


Temple University, Philadelphia, USA (1981-1986)
PhD (Religion, specializing on Islamic Philosophy of Science and Theology)
MA (Comparative Religion)

London University, Bedford College (1970-71)
MSc (Mathematics, specializing in Algebra)

London University, Woolwich Polytechnic (1967-1970)
BSc (Hons.) (Special Degree in Mathematics: Pure and Applied Mathematics)


Islamic Thought and Civilisation; History of Islamic Science; Islamic Philosophy of Science; Sufism; Islamic Theology and Philosophy; Interfaith Dialogue; Islam in Southeast Asia; Scientific Exegesis of the Qur'an; Islamic Cosmology; Islamic Epistemology; Comparative Religion; Islam and Environment; Islamic Bioethics.


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1) Osman Bakar, Quranic Pictures of the Universe: The Scriptural Foundation of Islamic Cosmology (Kuala Lumpur: UBD Press and IBT, 2016).
2) Mohamad Hashim Kamali, Osman Bakar, Daud Batchelor and Rogayah Hashim (Eds.), Islamic Perspectives on Science and Technology: Selected Conference Papers (Singapore: Springer, 2016).
3) Osman Bakar, “Understanding the Challenge of Global Warming in the Light of the Qur’anic Idea of Earth as Our Only Planetary Home,” in Imtiyaz Yusuf (Ed.), A Planetary and Global Ethics for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (Bangkok: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, 2016), pp. 117-141.
4) Osman Bakar, Islamic Civilization and the Modern World: Thematic Essays (Bandar Seri Begawan: UBD PRESS, 2014).
5) Osman Bakar, ‘Islam: Science, Technology, and Ethics from an Islamic Perspective,’ Encyclopaedia of Ethics, Science, Technology and Engineering, Macmillan Reference USA, 2014 (2nd edition), pp. 605 – 611.


1) 1998. Classification of Knowledge in Islam. Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge (UK); 1992 edition published by Institute for Policy Studies, Kuala Lumpur.
2) 1999. The History and Philosophy of Islamic Science. Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge (UK); 1991 edition published by Secretariat for Islamic Philosophy and Science, Science University of Penang and Nurin Enterprise, Kuala Lumpur under the title Tawhid and Science.
3) 2008. Tawhid and Science: Islamic Perspectives on Religion and Science. Arah Publications, Kuala Lumpur. New (2nd) edition.
4) 2014. Islamic Civilisation and the Modern World: Thematic Essays (Brunei Darussalam: UBD Press).
5) 2007. Environmental Wisdom for the Planet Earth: The Islamic Heritage. University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.