Mazhab Shafi’i Research Centre (MSRC), UNISSA was established on 1st January 2007 in conjunction with the establishment of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA). As one of the research centres under the administration of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), MSRC has a tremendous and noble responsibility. The constitution of Brunei Darussalam has clearly mentioned that the Shafi’i School of Thought is the official Mazhab for the Islamic Law and Jurisprudence in the country. The centre started offering Master of Mazhab Shafi’i and Doctor of Philosophy in Mazhab Shafi’i programmes in the 2016/2017 academic session. This is in line with the hopes and desires of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam to make this centre a regional and international hub of education and research in Islamic Studies.
- To boost research activities amongst the academia of UNISSA, in support of their role and responsibility in producing researches that are beneficial to the society in general, and the communities of Brunei Darussalam in specific;
- To enrich the heritage of Islamic knowledge with research in various disciplines within Mazhab Shafi’i, in line with the needs and interests of Muslims today;
- To uphold the integrity of Mazhab Shafi’i school in Brunei Darussalam and support its spreading in Southeast Asia; and
- To increase opportunities for collaborative research in Mazhab Shafi’i between UNISSA and other local and international Islamic Higher Education Institutions.