Muhammad Haniff Hassan

Muhammad Haniff Bin Hassan is a Fellow. He holds a PhD and M.Sc. in Strategic Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (previously known as the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies), Nanyang Technological University. He received his early education in Aljunied Islamic School. He then continued his tertiary education at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, National University of Malaysia, with honours in Syar`iah and Civil law. Mr. Haniff is also active in social activities as a member of the Islamic Religious Council Appeal Board, HSBC Insurance Islamic Advisory Board from 2000 to 2014, Association of Islamic Religious Teachers and Scholars of Singapore (PERGAS) and Management Committee of Al-Irsyad Islamic School. He writes extensively in Berita Harian (a local Malay newspaper) and has also published articles in The Straits Times. He has published six books in his name, co-authored a monograph and helped publish two books for PERGAS and the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore. His personal website in Malay is at
Muhammad Haniff Hassan has written 697 posts for counterideology 2

My Book (Co-Edited Volume) – Countering Islamic State Ideology: Voices of Singapore Religious Scholars

To order, click here. Click here, for overview (Content, Preface, Foreword and Introduction)

My article (republished) – Rethinking ‘Hostile’ Verses from the Quran

Click here for part 1 and here for part 2.

My book chapter – Reconciling Islam and Pacifism: A Traditionalist Approach

 This book chapter is published in Nassef Manabilang Adiong, Raffaele Mauriello and Deina Abdelkader (eds.) (2018). Islam in International Relations: Politics and Paradigms. New York: Routledge. Click here to access the article. Purchase the book here.

My article – Refuting Islamic State (IS) Jihad Propaganda With the Story of Uwais Al-Qarni

Published in Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses, vol. 10, no. 10, October 2018, pp. 12-6. Click here. Introduction                                       One of the arguments that was put forth by the so-called Islamic State (IS) to attract Muslim youths to wage jihad … Continue reading

Book Review – Abd Allah Azzam: The Father of Jihad

John C. Zimmerman (2018). The Father of Jihad: Abd Allah Azzam’s Jihad Ideas and Implications for National Security, Muhammad Haniff Hassan, New Jersey: Imperial College Press, 2014, 350 pp., Hardcover, $115.00, ISBN 978-1783262878. Terrorism and Political Violence, 30:3, pp. 564-565. Click here to read the review. Click here for information about the book.

Just sharing – RSIS Commentary – Puritanical Reformists & Liberal Modernists: Two Sides, Same Coin

RSIS Commentary is a platform to provide timely and, where appropriate, policy-relevant commentary and analysis of topical and contemporary issues. The authors’ views are their own and do not represent the official position of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU. These commentaries may be reproduced with prior permission from RSIS and due recognition … Continue reading

A Rebuttal of Al-Qaeda and IS’s Theological Justification of Suicide Bombing

Muhammad Haniff Hassan (2017), “A Rebuttal of Al-Qaeda and IS’s Theological Justification of Suicide Bombing”, Counter Terrorist Trends and Analysis, vol. 9, no. 7, July. Click here to download or read. Included in the file an article, Abrogation and the Verse of Sword: Countering Extremists’ Justification of Violence, by Mahfuh Halimi, as supplementary reading.

Just sharing – Theory of the rise of al-Qaeda

S. Yaqub Ibrahimi (2017), “Theory of the Rise of al-Qaeda”, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 28 April. Click here for link to original article. ABSTRACT Since the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, DC, al-Qaeda and other extremist Islamist groups have become a focal point of international security debates. Drawing on … Continue reading

Just sharing – How Muslim Defenders Became “Blood Spilling” Crusaders: Adam Gadahn’s Critique of the “Jihadist” Subversion of Al Qaeda’s Media Warfare Strategy

Paul Kamolnick (2017), “How Muslim Defenders Became “Blood Spilling” Crusaders: Adam Gadahn’s Critique of the “Jihadist” Subversion of Al Qaeda’s Media Warfare Strategy”, Terrorism and Political Violence, 29:3, 444-463. Abstract Adam Gadahn’s Abbottabad letter offers a rare opportunity to examine how this Al Qaeda Senior Leadership (AQSL) media operative and spokesman conceptualizes and executes media warfare. In … Continue reading

Just sharing – Reemergence of Jemaah Islamiyah

Institute for Policy Analysis for Conflict Report no. 36, 27 April 2017. Click here to read or download Synopsis The report looks at the decline of JI after 2007 and the quiet rebuilding that has taken place since 2010 under the leadership of Para Wijayanto, a long-time JI member from Kudus who placed more emphasis … Continue reading


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