Alexander Wain

Alexander Wain


  • KY16 9JU

    United Kingdom

Personal profile


Alexander (Amin) Wain joined the School of Divinity in 2021. A specialist in the eastern Islamic world, his interests lie primarily in the theological, historical, and literary traditions of the Malay Muslim world (modern-day Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore), with an ancillary focus on China’s hui-hui Muslim ethnic grouping. After obtaining his DPhil in Theology from the University of Oxford in 2015 with a thesis focused on the role Sino-Muslims played in the conversion of Maritime Southeast Asia to Islam between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries, Alexander joined the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) in Kuala Lumpur, where he stayed as a Research Fellow for six years. In addition to his work on the St Andrews Encyclopaedia of Theology, he is currently engaged in a major research project exploring and re-evaluating the early history and Muslim culture of Melaka, Southeast Asia’s first great sultanate. A practicing Muslim, he has been involved in numerous community outreach programmes, both in the UK and Malaysia.

Research interests

Islam in the Malay world

Islam in China 

Islamic Theology

Islamic Historiography

The archaeology of the Islamic world

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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