Dr. Nik Roskiman Abdul Samad


After graduating from IIUM with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1994, he embarked on his Master’s at International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), a prestigious and renown centre of learning on Islamic thought founded by eminent scholar, Tan Sri Professor Dr. Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas. He successfully completed his M.A. in 2000. In 1997, Dr. Roskiman left for Sudan to enhance his mastery of Arabic Language at the Centre of Arabic Studies, International University of Africa, Khartoum.

He then spent four years from 2004 at the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, pursuing his doctoral studies (PhD). There, he was under the supervision of renown Orientalist in the History of Malaya, Professor Dr. William Roff (now late); as well as Professor Dr. Carol Hillenbrand and Dr. Ayman Shihadeh. However, he obtained his doctoral degree (PhD) from the Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur with a dissertation entitled “Some aspects of spiritual thoughts of Shaykh ‘Abd al-Samad al-Falimbānī (d.1243/1828)” in 2013.

His M.A. thesis, which he completed under the supervision of the Turkish historian, Professor Dr. Mehmet Ipşirli, was selected for publication by ISTAC-­‐ IIUM as a book titled, The Administrative Ethics of Al-­‐Ghazzālī  with Reference to His Naṣīhat al-­‐Mulūk.  Dr. Roskiman regularly contributes his writings to the press and magazines and radio programmes. Currently he serves as Senior Research Fellow of Centre for Syariah, Law and Politics, Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM) after serving 8 years as Director of Media Centre IKIM