Fauwaz Abdul Aziz
Islamic studies, history, political thought, political anthropology, economic anthropology, economic sociology, political economy
Southeast Asian Studies, Philippine Studies, Malaysian Studies
Fauwaz Abdul Aziz holds an MA degree in Muslim World Issues from the Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). After completing his bachelor’s degree in political science and Islamic studies at IIUM in 2001, Abdul Aziz taught history and geography at the secondary school level at a private religious school in Kuala Lumpur. He then worked with the independent news organization Malaysiakini for a total of six years, first as a journalist and then as assistant news editor, during which time he covered a range of issues of social and political importance. Abdul Aziz left Malaysiakini in 2011.
In between his stints as a reporter and an editor, Abdul Aziz also worked in a research capacity for a number of non-governmental organizations, including the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), Monitoring the Sustainability of Globalization (MSN), the Penang Research Centre in Socio-Economy (Precise), Citizens International (CI), and the Malay Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Penang and national levels).
In 2012 he joined Third World Network (TWN), an international research and advocacy NGO, as a researcher specializing in trade and investment agreements. He was also involved in a number of environmental issues, including climate change-related topics. In 2014 and 2015, Abdul Aziz also worked with the Malay Economic Action Council as its head of research on range of political-economic and socio-economic issues.
Abdul Aziz’s MA thesis, ‘Islamic Economic Thought in Malaysia (1900–1980): Ideas, Setting, Interaction’, looked at the economic ideas of religious scholars and intellectuals within the social, political and cultural context of their times. He was awarded Best Overall Student in the 2013 graduating cohort of the Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization.
Abdul Aziz’s current research within the Emmy Noether research project ‘The Bureaucratization of Islam and its Socio-Legal Dimensions in Southeast Asia’ investigates the National Commission of Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) – a state institution mandated to administer the affairs of the Muslims of the Philippines and to advise the government on matters pertaining to its Muslim population – and how it is bureaucratizing the discourse on Islam and Muslims. He is particularly interested in looking at how those discourse and bureaucratization processes are framed by the forces and dynamics of neoliberalism, macro- and micro-politics, and religion.