Dr Osman Bakar is Distinguished Prof and Al-Ghazzali Chair of Epistemology and Civilizational Studies and Renewal at ISTAC, International Islamic University, Malaysia. He was formerly Director of the Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS), Univeristi Brunei Darussalam. He is concurrently Emeritus Prof of Philosophy of Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. He has published 22 books and over 300 articles on Islamic thought and civilization, particularly on Islamic philosophy and science. He also writes on contemporary Islam and inter-religious and inter-civilizational dialogue. His writings have been translated into many languages. He has served as advisor and consultant to a variety of international academic and professional organizations and institutions, including UNESCO and The Qatar Foundation. He served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Malaya (1995-2000) and was awarded a Datukship by the Malaysian King in 2000.