Dato’ Dr Afifi al-Akiti is the Kuwait Fellow in Islamic Studies at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and Lecturer in Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Theology – Oxford University’s oldest faculty. His areas of expertise are Islamic theology, philosophy and science. As the first ever Malaysian Oxford don, Dr Afifi continues breaking boundaries, reaching out far beyond the dreaming spires. He was educated originally at the feet of the ulama of the Muslim world, and in 2010 he was made a Member of the Ulama Council by the Ruler of Perak, Malaysia, HRH Sultan Nazrin Shah. In 2012, he was made an Orang Besar 8 of Perak, and elected into the Privy Council of the state, the Dewan Negara, as a Life Peer. Since 2010, he has been listed in The Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims.