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Dr. Alwani Ghazali

  • Islam
  • Malaysia
  • Female
  • Malaysia
  • South East Asia
  • KAICIID Fellows

Biography Narrative

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Aqidah and Islamic Thought at the Academy of Islamic Studies and Deputy Director of Center for Civilizational Dialogue, University of Malaya

Alwani is a senior lecturer in the Department of Aqidah and Islamic Thought at the Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya. She teaches courses such as comparative religion and interfaith dialogue. Since March 2020, she has been appointed as the Deputy Director at the Universiti Malaya Centre for Civilisational Dialogue. As an academic, her research interest is in the area of dialogue, which started with her specialisation during the PhD in which she studied the Prophet Muhammad’s dialogue with Jews and Christians. She helps to organise programmes of interfaith dialogue such as the forum on religious extremism, environmental issues and unity dialogue on national principles. She has also been on the main panel in a small scriptural reasoning session between Muslims and Christians. In the future, she hopes to successfully organise dialogue training to enhance interpersonal communication among multiracial Malaysians.

Interreligious Activities and Initiatives

The Launching of Navigating Diversity through Dialogue: An Online Module for Malaysian Youth
The “Launching of Navigating Diversity Through Dialogue: An Online Module for Malaysian Youth” is an initiative that aimed at providing dialogue training online. 12 topics were written, by modifying some contents from KAICIID fellowship training and adding some to enhance the psychological aspects involved in dialogue. 20 short videos were curated to produce an interactive module. The poster was prepared by the designer but further improvement is needed at the moment. Once all members of Centre for Civilisational Dialogue Universiti Malaya are satisfied with the poster, it can be blasted to Malaysian youth. This online training is expected to start in July 2022 for the duration of 12 weeks. 6 of the topics will be held synchronously online with the involvement of KAICIID alumni in UM. The target participants of this module is around 20 (per cohort) Malaysian youth aged 18-36. The effectiveness and impact are going to be evaluated every 3 weeks.