Kuala Lumpur, 24 September 2012

USIM lecturer selected as the first Visiting Fellow of the SC-OCIS Scholar-in-Residence Programme

The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) is pleased to announce that Dr Amir Shaharuddin from the Islamic Science University of Malaysia (USIM) has been selected as the first Visiting Fellow of the SC-OCIS Scholar-in-Residence Programme. This programme is part of an ongoing collaboration between the SC and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS), UK.

The collaboration between the SC and OCIS was established in 2010, with the objective of promoting intellectual discourse and research on applied and contemporary issues with respect to global Islamic finance. The SC-OCIS Scholar-in-Residence programme complements the flagship programme under this collaboration which is the annual SC-OCIS Roundtable, a thought-leadership platform for distinguished Shariah scholars, academicians, regulators and Islamic finance practitioners to discuss and exchange views on contemporary issues in Islamic finance.

Dr Amir, 34, is currently the Deputy Dean (Academic & Research) at the Faculty of Economics and Muamalat, USIM. He has a Ph.D in Islamic Studies from Exeter University, UK and over the course of his career, has conducted numerous researches on various aspects of Islamic financing.

As a Visiting Fellow, Dr Amir will be conducting a research on `Developing a Model for Harmonisation of Shariah Rulings in Islamic Finance’ to analyse the differences in practices between jurisdictions, and will attempt to formulate the basis upon which contemporary fiqh issues in Islamic finance can be resolved with minimal discrepancy. Upon completion of the period of residence, Dr Amir will present his research findings at an international forum that will be jointly identified by the SC and OCIS. It is hoped that Dr Amir’s research will help to promote greater cross-border transactions and activities to spur further growth of Islamic finance in Malaysia as well as internationally.

The inaugural SC-OCIS Scholar-in-Residence programme opened for nominations in April this year and had attracted 12 applications from Islamic finance practitioners and academicians from around the world.