Irwandi Jaswir was born in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, in 1970. He read Food Technology and Human Nutrition at Bogor Agriculture University (IPB), Indonesia, and received his bachelor’s degree in 1993. He conferred a Master of Science in Food Science and Biotechnology in 1996 and a Ph.D in Food Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2000 at Universiti Putra Malaysia. In the year 1998 to 1999, Universiti Putra Malaysia has given him the opportunity to participate in the Ph.D exchange program at the Department of Food, Nutrition and Health of the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. He continued his pursuit of knowledge at a Diploma in Islamic Revealed Knowledge at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in 2003. Then he obtained a fellowship in Lipid Biochemistry at the National Food Research Institute in Tsukuba, Japan, 2006-2008.
With his present appointment as the Deputy Dean for Academic, Research, and Publication at INHART at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Professor Jaswir was appointed various administrative and academic positions, including, Secretary of IIUM Council of Professors from 2014 to present, Senior Professor of Food Chemistry and Biochemistry at IIUM from 2015 to present, Chairman of the Korea-INHART Halal Certification Authority in Korea from 2016 to present.
Professor Irwandi Jaswir’s contributions to the Islamic World has uniquely carved an edge in the development of scientific knowledge by establishing and developing a new discipline termed “Halal Science”. This cutting-edge research reveals a significant relationship between Halal and Haram in Islamic jurisprudences and science. Through this new discipline, he is in a position to incorporate Halal Science as a tool to complement the opinions held by Fiqh scholars.
Professor Jaswir dedication to the scientific research is shown in the publication of over 120 articles in scientific journals, 30 Book Chapters, completed over 30 research projects and presented more than 250 papers in International Conferences. He is a member of the Editorial Board of many reputable scientific journals. Professor Jaswir’s achievement and dedication in the scientific research of Halal Science culminated with receiving 60 international awards and honors.
Professor Irwandi Jaswir, has been awarded the 2018 King Faisal Prize in Service to Islam for his outstanding services to Islam and Muslims, which includes:
- His contribution to the establishment and development of “Halal Science” through various publications and research studies.
- His valuable efforts in leading the International Institute for Halal Research, of the International Islamic University in Malaysia, to become a renowned center for research and services related to Halal food and consumer goods;
- His work in developing new methods for analyzing substances used in the manufacturing of ‘Halal Food Alternatives’, as well as practical procedures for producing Halal Gelatin from various Halal (non-porcine) sources, such as camel and fish;
- His collaboration with other scientists to develop new methods for quick detection of non-Halal substances in food, cosmetics and other consumer goods used by Muslims. An instance of such methods is the ‘Portable Electronic Nose’ which detects within seconds the presence of alcohol and lard (porcine-derived fat) in food and beverages.