In Bahasa Malaysia, the word 'iman' means 'faith'.

Religion is not only about faith and its practices. In Malaysia, it is also about economics and politics.

Are the headlines we see and read the reality of public life in Malaysia? What are the politics and agenda behind religious life in the country, and who are its influencers?

IMAN makes sense of all the above.

The team behind IMAN consists of academics, researchers, writers, journalists, policy specialists, and civil society activists with more than 10 years of work experience within the public and private sectors.

IMAN aspires to provide reliable information to a young Malaysia and the region on matters pertaining to society, religion and perception. This is crucial in the domains of peace and security, ethnic relations and religious harmony in multicultural societies. Malaysia is the ideal ecosystem to test out solutions between orthodoxy and modernity, Muslims and non-Muslims, and indigenous and immigrant populations. We aim to deliver sound policy solutions along with actions and measurable outcomes.

We realise that it is urgent to partner our friends and neighbours to build, manage, and sustain strong communities and cities. IMAN works and partners with civil society organisations, academic bodies, and institutions from around the world. We currently chair the Malaysian chapter of the Southeast Asian Network of Civil Society Organizations on Countering Violent Extremism (SEAN-CSO).


Work Areas

We work in these areas:

Ethno-religious Relations. Socio-political Risk. Perception and Public Opinion.

Our work entails:

Research and Analysis. Public Policy Formulation. Strategic Advisory.
Public Engagement. Capacity Building and Training. Media and Content.


Current Projects

The focus of our work currently revolves around Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Community Resilience.


1. The Assalamualaikum Project (2015 - present)

  • To investigate the level of radicalisation among Malay Muslim youths and to understand the reasons behind it. 
  • To moderate the growth of violent extremism in Malaysia through the formulation and effective dissemination of alternative and counter-narratives by employing non-state channels and strong civil society participation.

2. Women & Radicalisation (2016 - present)

  • To understand current sentiments towards violent extremism and terrorism among women in Malaysia.
  • To identify, analyse, and evaluate the risk of women in Malaysia getting radicalised into violent extremism and terrorism.
  • To understand specific push and pull factors behind the radicalisation of Malaysian women, and if and how this differs from the radicalisation of Malaysian men.
  • To recommend comprehensive policies on countering and preventing violent extremism among women in Malaysia.

3. Violent Extremism Sentiment Analysis and Intervention Programme in Sabah and Selangor (2017 to 2020)

  • This project is supported by the Government of the Kingdom of Netherlands.
  • Violent extremism in Malaysia is linked to a set of complex risk factors: repeated history of radicalisation, strategic location in Southeast Asia, uncertain political
    landscape and socio­e-conomic challenges. It not just restricted to Islamist terrorism.
  • IMAN's partners in this project as Malaysian civil society organisations who are part of the Southeast Asian Network of Civil Society Organisations, founded by Professor Greg Barton. IMAN is also working with lecturers from the Universiti Putra Malaysia on this project.