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Imtiyaz Yusuf, Ph.D.

Head, Religion Department



B.A. Politics

M.A. Islamic Studies

M. A. Religion

Ph. D. Religion

Lecturer in Religion

Senior Fellow


Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal

Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

Georgetown University

Washington, DC 2005, USA



Graduate School of Philosophy and Religion
Assumption University
Hua Mak, Bangkok 10240

Telephone: (66-2) 300-4543 ext. 1325

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Research Interests
Islamic Studies, Study of Religion, Islam in Southeast Asia.

Islam and African Socialism: Study of Interaction between Islam and Ujamaa Socialism in Tanzania (1990)


A. Books and Special Journal Issue

Imtiyaz Yusuf, Special Editor, The Muslim World - A Special Issue on Islam and Buddhism Vol. 100, Nos 2-3 April/July 2010.

Imtiyaz Yusuf (ed.) Religion, Politics and Globalization – Implications for Thailand and Asia (Bangkok: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V., 2009).

Imtiyaz Yusuf (ed.) Religion and Democracy in Thailand (Bangkok: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V., 2008).

Imtiyaz Yusuf , (ed.) The Role of Religious and Philosophical Tradition in Promoting World Peace (Singapore: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V., 2007).

Imtiyaz Yusuf, Doing Cross-cultural Da’wah in Southeast Asia (Kuala Lumpur: A. S. Noordeen, 2007).

Imtiyaz Yusuf, Faces of Islam in Southern Thailand Working Paper no. 7, (Washington D. C.: East-West Center, 2007).
Available at: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/publications/search-for-publications/browse-alphabetic-list-of-titles/?class_call=view&pub_ID=2079&mode=view

Imtiyaz Yusuf , (ed.) Understanding Conflict and Approaching Peace in Southern Thailand (Bangkok: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V., 2006).

Imtiyaz Yusuf, (ed.) The Role of Civic Religions In Emerging Thai Civil Society (Bangkok: Graduate School of Philosophy and Religion, Assumption University and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V., 2004).

Imtiyaz Yusuf, (ed.) Measuring the Effect of Iranian Mysticism on Southeast Asia (Bangkok: Cultural Centre, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 2004).

Imtiyaz Yusuf et al. (eds.), Islamic Studies In ASEAN Presentations of an International Seminar (Pattani: College of Islamic Studies, Prince of Songkla University, 2000).

B. Articles Published in Encyclopedias and Dictionary

Entries on “Cambodia, Darul Arqam, Delhi Sultanate, Imam, Laylatul Qadar, Tawaf, Tanzania, Umrah, Zamzam” Oxford Encyclopedia of Islamic World. Editor in Chief, John Esposito (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).

Entries on “Kelantan, Mumin, Abdul Aziz bin Nik, Polytheists – Mushrikun, Satanic Verses, Shafaa, Sultanate, and Zanzibar” in Oxford Dictionary of Islam. Editor in Chief, John Esposito (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003).

“Imam” in Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an, Volume Two (E-I), General Editor, Jane Dammen McAuliffe, (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2002).

Entries on “Islamic Life Cycle Rites” and “Hijrah,” in Encyclopaedia of the Modern Islamic World Editor in Chief, John Esposito (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995).

C. Articles Published in Books

“Ethnoreligious and Political Dimensions of the Southern Thailand Conflict” in Amit Pandya and Ellen Laipson (eds.) Islam and Politics Renewal and Resistance in the Muslim World (Washington D.C.: The Henry L. Stimpson Center, 2009) pp. 43-55.

“The South Thailand Conflict and the Muslim Ummah” in Chaiwat Satha-Anand (ed.) Imagined Land? The State and Southern Violence in Thailand (Fuchu-city: Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, 2009) pp. 207-228.

“Democracy and Muslim Minority in Thailand” in Imtiyaz Yusuf (ed.) Religion and Democracy in Thailand (Bangkok: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V., 2008). pp. 131-147.

“The Ethno-Religious Dimension of Conflict in Southern Thailand” in Imtiyaz Yusuf , (ed.) Understanding Conflict and Approaching Peace in Southern Thailand (Bangkok: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V., 2007) pp. 169-190.

“Faces of Islamic Culture, Facing Contemporary Change” in Cultural Traditions and Contemporary Challenges in Southeast Asia: Hindu and Buddhist edited by Warayuth Sriwarakuel et al. (Washington, D.C: The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2005) pp. 333-350.

“Dialogue Between Sufism and Buddhism: The Concepts of al-Insân al-Kamîl and Bodhisattva” in Imtiyaz Yusuf, (ed.) Measuring the Effect of Iranian Mysticism on Southeast Asia (Bangkok: Cultural Centre, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 2004) pp.207-221.

“Remarks on Islam, Democracy and Human Rights” State of the Muslim World Today (New York: Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, 2003) pp. 27-29.

“Muslim-Buddhist Relations” Islam and the Future of World Peace, (New York: Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, 2002) pp. 84-89.

“Presenting Islam to the Buddhists” in Readings in Cross-Cultural Dawah (Singapore, Darul Arqam Muslim Converts Association of Singapore, 2001).

“Information Sources on Muslim Minorities in the ASEAN Countries” Proceedings of the International Symposium On Islamic World Information Sources organized by the King Abdulaziz Public Library, 30 Oct - 3 Nov 1999, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

“Religion and Education,” Challenge of Pluralism Report of the Christian-Muslim Colloquium (World Council of Churches, 1988) pp. 53-55.

D. Refereed Articles Published in Journals

“Islamic Theology of Religious Pluralism: Quran’s Attitude Towards Other Religions” Prajna Vihara Vol. 11 No. 1 January-June 2010 : 123-140.

“The Role of the Chularajmontri (Shaykh al-Islam) in Resolving Ethno-religious Conflict in Southern Thailand.” American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences Vol. 27 No. 1 (2010) : 31-53.

“Dialogue Between Islam and Buddhism through the Concepts Ummatan Wasatan (The Middle Nation) and Majjhima-Patipada (The Middle Way)” Islamic Studies 48:3 (2009) pp. 367–394.

“The Thai Muslims and the Participation in the Democratic Process: The Case of 2007 Elections” Journal of Muslim Minority AffairsVol. 29, No. 3, September 2009: 325-336.

“The Southern Thailand Conflict and the Muslim World” Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs Vol. 27, No. 2, August 2007 pp. 319-339.

“Islam and Social Communication” Religion and Social Communication Vol. 3 No. 2 (2005) : 107-114.

“Dialogue between Islam and Buddhism Through The Concepts of Tathagata and Nur Muhammadi” in International Journal of Buddhist Thought and Culture, Vol. 5, February 2005 : 103-114.

“Cross-cultural Dawah and Pluralism in Pluralist Countries” in ICIP Journal, Vol 2 No. 1, January 2005, 1-13 available at :

“Religious Diversity in a Buddhist Majority Country: The Case of Islam in Thailand” in International Journal of Buddhist Thought and Culture, Vol. 3, September 2003 : 131-143.

“The Pursuit of Peace Between Religions from the Perspective of Religious Studies” Dialogue and Alliance Vol. 16 No. 1, 2002 : 38-42.

“History of Islam on the East African Coast: Composition of the Tanzanian Muslim” Korea Journal of Islamic Culture Vol. V-1, August 2002 : 69-114.

“Bediuzzaman Said Nursi’s Discourse on Belief in Allah: A Study of Texts from Risale-i Nur Collection” The Muslim World vol. LXXXIX no. 3-4 (July-October, 1999) : 336- 349.

“Aspects of Islam in Thailand Today” Newsletter- Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (Leiden University) 3/1999 : 19.

“Islam and Democracy in Thailand: Reforming the Office of Chularajamontri/Shaikh al-Islam” Journal of Islamic Studies (Published by Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies) vol. 9 no. 2 (July 1998) : 277-298.

“Unity and Diversity in the Muslim World” Songklanakarin Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities vol. 4 no. 1 (Jan-April) 1998 : 69-80.

“Islamic Revivalism in Contemporary Southeast Asia” ASEAN FORUM vol. II no. 2 (1998) : 1- 21.

“Islam and Christianity in Asia: Remarks on the Cultural Dimensions of Relationship” in Islam I Chrzescijanstwo edited by Andrzeja Zaborskiego (Krakow, Poland: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Papieskiej Akademii Teologicznej, 1995) pp. 117‑123.

“Towards Post‑Modernism in Islamic Thought: The Contribution of Mohammed Arkoun” in Asian Review 8 (1994) 41‑65.

“The Present State of Theology/Doctrine of Religions in Southeast Asia,” (translated into Bahasa Indonesia “Keadaan Theologis/Doktriner Agama-agama di Asia Tengarra Tentangan dan Prospek”) in GEMA-Jurnal Teologi Duta Wacana, 47 (1994): 82-93.

“An Analysis of Swahili Exegesis of Surah al-Shams in Shaykh Abdullah Saleh al-Farsy=s Qurani Takatifu,” Journal of Religion in Africa 22 (1992): 350-366.

“Jihad- The Transformation in Meanings,” The Texas Christian University Magazine, September 1991, pp. 14-17

“Islam in America: A Historical-Social Perspective,” Hamdard Islamicus 12 (1990): 79-86.

“Mixed Marriage from the Standpoint of Religion and Human Rights: A Perspective from Islam,” Newsletter of the Office of the Christian-Muslim Relations (Hartford Seminary) 40 (1989) 1-8.

“Dr. Ali Shariati’s Islamic Critique of Marxism and the Development of Contemporary Islamic Thought,” Hamdard Islamicus 10 (1987): 47-69.

“Discussion Between al-Ghazzali and Ibn Rushd about the Nature of Resurrection,” Islamic Studies 25 (1986): 181-195.

E. Articles in Newspapers and Magazines

“Will the winds of the Arab Spring die down in Egypt?”

“Winds of the Arab Spring blow into unyielding states”

“The Arab Spring Offers New Space to Politics and Sharia”

“Turkey: Influencing the Arab Spring and Mideast freedom”

“Arab Spring will take on many shapes and colours”

“A Mideast of secularists, Islamists or democrats?”

“What the world needs today is more religious pluralism”

“The Sultans of Arabia now face the judgement of Ramadan”

“Globalisation and the need to form world citizens”

“Muslim women and the demand for equality in the Middle East”

“Ramadan will give Mideast regimes breathing space”

Democracy need not always follow the western model

The world will not allow democracy for Syrians

The sectarian dimension of political turmoil in the Middle East

The West's intervention: Democracy discrimination in the Middle East

The Middle Eastern political sandstorm

Overcoming authoritarian regimes in the Muslim world
(Part 2)

Overcoming authoritarian regimes in the Muslim world
(Part 1)

“The Changing Face of American Islam” Bangkok Post Perspective Section 8 June 2008.

“Many faces of ISLAM” Bangkok Post Perspective Section Sunday, October 7, 2007, p. 12, 8.
Available at: http://www.silkwormbooks.com/pdf_file/Article/ManyFacesOfIslam.pdf

“Communicating Islam” The Muslim Reader (Singapore) Vol 24 No. 3,
September-December 2006, pp. 4-8.

“Women’s Place in Islam Debated” Bangkok Post Perspective Section Sunday, May 8, 2005, p. 3.

“Muslims and the World Cultural Heritage: Need for Tolerant Approach” The Muslim Reader (Singapore) Vol 19 No. 3, Sep-Dec 2001, pp. 8-13.

“Pilgrim’s Progress” Bangkok Post Perspective Section Sunday, July 16, 2000, p. 6.

“Electing new Chularatchamontri will be most Significant to Date” Bangkok Post Perspective Section, Sunday, October 12, 1997, p. 6.

“Issues raised by Thai Muslims” Bangkok Post Perspective Section, Sunday, July 6, 1997,
p. 5.

“Muslim Call must be Heard” Bangkok Post Perspective Section, Sunday, July 6, 1997, p. 5.

“Encounter Between Islam and Buddhism” The Muslim Reader (Singapore) Vol 13 No. 2,
April-July 1995, pp. 33-38.

“Voting for Candidates who Deliver on their Promises” Bangkok Post Perspective Section Sunday, November 10, 1997, p. 3.

“Learning to Live in Harmony” Bangkok Post Perspective Section Sunday, September 15, 1997, p. 6.

“The Faithful Prepare For Joyous Celebration” Bangkok Post Outlook Section 10 February 1996, p. 32.

“The Future of Thai Islam: Reform or Stagnation?” Bangkok Post December 17, (1993): 4.