Dr. Aiedah Khalek
Dr. Aiedah is a Senior Lecturer and Convenor for General Studies at the Malaysia Immersion Hub, Monash University Malaysia. Her research expertise ranges in the field of religion and society, with specific interests in Muslim societies, halal consumption, ethnic relations, religious tolerance, and social cohesion. Her Doctorate of Philosophy conferred by the University of Malaya was on halal consumption among Generation Y Muslims. Her study has generated interest in the halal dining experience in a multicultural setting and social cohesion. She leads the General Studies Units at the Malaysia Immersion Hub.
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (GCHE), Monash University
Ph.D. (Social Science), University of Malaya
Master of Shariah (Politics), University of Malaya
Bachelor of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Heritage, International Islamic University Malaysia (Major: Islamic Jurisprudence, Minor: Political Science)
Member, The Malaysian Social Science Association, (present)
Member, The European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) (present)
Aiedah's research interest lies broadly in the study of religion, Muslim societies, ethnicities, and nation-building. She investigates the dynamic interaction between religion, cultures, and nation-building in various contexts. Her recent work unfolds halal commensality practices and social cohesion in Malaysia. Moreover, her study extends to the role of NGOs in national integration and unity.
She also currently works on multidisciplinary research which is established on the intersection of medicine, religion, and social sciences. Her team looks at the level of trust toward religious leaders and medical practitioners on stigmatised diseases such as epilepsy and HIV, and the engagement efforts undertaken by non-governmental organisations to combat such stigmatization.
She has presented her research findings at many international conferences and published her work in reputable journals. Various aspects of her research have reached multiple audiences from local conferences, NGO seminars to international platforms.
Aiedah teaches the General Studies Units including Ethnic Relations as well as Islamic and Asian Civilizations. She adopts engaging online learning strategies in delivering her Units which involve a lot of interactive online learning activities and stimulate learners' thinking. These are employed through her interactive learning modules, video lectures, forums, and online assessments. Her current roles include being Unit Coordinator and Chief Examiner for the General Studies Units.
She is an Early Career Researcher Committee at the Campus level. Externally, she serves as an External Committee Member in the Curriculum Development Committee at the Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek (2018), Entrepreneurship and the Halal Wave in Malaysia in Norhayati Zakaria and Kaushal Leena (Ed.) Global Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation in Sharing economy, Hershey USA: IGI Global.
Aiedah AK, Mmi Kamilah, Lkc Audrey (2015). E-Learning Pilot Project: Challenges And Initiatives In The Implementation Of E-Learning In The Malaysian Studies Module At Taylor’s University In Sf Tang, L Logannathan (Ed.), Taylor's 7th Teaching And Learning Conference 2014: Holistic Education: Enacting Change (247-255). Singapore: Springer.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek and Ros Aiza Mokhtar. 2021. Religious Tolerance Through the Lens of Halal Dining Experience in Malaysia, Kajian Malaysia (in press).
Aiedah Abdul Khalek, Ros Aiza Mohd Mokhtar, Adrian Yao (2019) Exploring Halal Dining Experience and Its Influence on Social Cohesion in Malaysia, Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (in press).
Sarjit S. Gill & Ahmad Tarmizi Talib Ros Aiza Mohd Mokhtar, Abd Hakim Mohad, Aiedah Abdul Khalek (2019), Penglibatan Belia dalam Program Perpaduan Anjuran NGO Belia di Sabah, Malaysian Journal of Youth Studies 19 (1), 93-106.
Ros Aiza Mohd Mokhtar, Aiedah Abdul Khalek, Che Zarina Shaari., Abdul Hakim Mohad (2018) Factors Influencing The Intention Of Kedayan Muslims To Perform The Traditional Culture Associated With Syncretism, Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities 26 (2), 705-716.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek And Ros Aiza Mohd Mokhtar (2017). With Or Without Halal Logo? A Descriptive Analysis Of The Generation Y Perceptions On The National Halal Certification Malaysia, Asia Pacific Journal of Advanced Business and Social Studies Vol. 3(1), 242-249.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek and Sharifah Hayaati Syed Ismail (2015), Why are We Eating Halal? Using the Theory of Planned Behavior in Predicting Halal Food Consumption among Generation Y in Malaysia, International Journal of Social Science and Humanity (ISSN2010-3646), Vol. 5 No 7, 608-614.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek and Sharifah Hayaati Syed Ismail (2015), A Conceptual Framework On The Factors Influencing Halal Consumption: An Exploratory Study Among Muslim Consumers In Malaysia, Online Journal of Research in Islamic Studies 2 (3), ISSN 2289-6821,1-12.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek (2015), Syarifah Hayaati Syed Ismail and Hairunnisa Mohamad Ibrahim Sharifah (2015), A Study On The Factors Influencing Young Muslims’ Behavioral Intention In Consuming Halal Food In Malaysia, Jurnal Syariah, Vol 23, No 1, 53-74.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek (2014), Young Consumers’ Attitude towards Halal Food Outlets and JAKIM’s Halal Certification in Malaysia.Procedia Social and Behavioral Science, Science Direct, Volume 121, 19 March 2014, Pages 26–34.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek (2012), Exploring the Use Project-Based Learning on Students’ Engagement at Taylors’ University, Malaysia. Jurnal BITARA UPSI, Vol 5/ 2012, ISSN 1394-7176, pp. 17-29.
Aiedah Binti Abdul Khalek and Audrey Lee (2012), The Application Of Project-Based Learning In Enhancing Students’ Engagement In Malaysian Studies And English Language At Taylors’ College School Of Hospitality And Tourism, Malaysia. Journal of Interdisciplinary Research in Education (ISSN 1985-9414), Vol. 2 Issue 1 Aug 2012.
Selected Conferences Presentations
Tan Meng Yoe, Farooq Sheikh and Aiedah Abdul Khalek, 3rd Best Presentation in the First Malaysian Epilepsy Congress 2021, A Preliminary Study on Tackling Epilepsy Associated Stigma Through Religion: Misinformation, Trust, and Empowerment, 18th March - 21st March 2021.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek, Halal Commensality Experiences in a Multireligious Society: A Mixed Method Approach, the European Social Science Conference, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 10-13 September 2019.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek,Speaker and Judge, Seminar, Art Performance and Paper Presentation Competition, ASEAN Youth Cultural Exposure 2019, Indonesian Youth Center to Act for Nation, University of Malaya, 22 March 2019.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek, Keynote Speaker, Malaysian Cultural Heritage: Baba Nyonya, ASEAN Youth Cultural Exposure#5 2018, Indonesian Youth Center to Act for Nation, University of Malaya, 6th July 2018.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek, Keynote Speaker, Ethnic Relations in Malaysia, International Conference on Cultural and Tourism, ASEAN Youth Cultural Exposure#3 2017, Indonesian Youth Center to Act for Nation, University of Malaya, 14th October 2017.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek, A Comparative Study between East and West Malaysia: Exploring Halal Dining Experience in a Multi-religious Society and its Impact on Social Cohesion, Religion and Society Conference, University Malaysia Sabah, 22nd August 2017.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek and Ros Aiza Mokhtar, Managing Differences in Food Consumption in a Multi Religious Society, 1st International Halal Management Conference, Sejong University Korea, 14-18th August 2017.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek, The Element of Social Cohesion in NGO Programmes in Sabah: A Preliminary Study: International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, International Islamic University College, Selangor, 26th April 2017.
Abdul Hakim Mohad, Ros Aiza Mohd Mokhtar, Ahmad Tarmizi Talib, Sarjit S Gill & Aiedah Abdul Khalek, Universiti Malaysia Sabah. The Role of NGOs in Sabah on Social Cohesion: A Preliminary Studies, International Seminar on Social Science Research, Walailak University, 15th & 16th Dec 2016.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek, With or Without Halal Logo? A Descriptive Analysis of Generation Y Perceptions’ on the National Halal Certification Malaysia. 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Advanced Research, Melbourne Australia, 29th -30th July 2016.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek and Sharifah Hayaati Syed Ismail, Halal Consumption among Generation Y in Malaysia, 5th International Conference of Islamic Marketing, University of Istanbul Turkey, 6-8 August 2015.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek and Sharifah Hayaati Syed Ismail, Why are We Eating Halal-Using the Theory of Planned Behavior in Predicting Halal Food Consumption among Generation Y in Malaysia, 2nd International Conference on Sociality Culture and Humanities, Moscow Russia, June 22-23 2014.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek, Government Initiatives for Halal Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Seminar, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya, 11th Sept 2014.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek, Inayatul Mohd Mahyuddin, Audrey Lee Kim Choo, E-Learning Pilot Project: Challenges and Initiatives in the Implementation of E-Learning in the Malaysian Studies Module at Taylor’s University, Teaching and Learning Conference, Taylor’s University, November 2014.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek, Inayatul Kamilah and Hairunnisa Mohd Ibrahim, Exploring the Implementation of Project Based Learning Among Undergraduate Students in Taylors University. International Conference on Social Education and Community, UUM, Langkawi, Kedah, 11-13 November 2013.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek, Young Consumers’ Attitude towards Halal Food Outlets and JAKIM’s Halal Certification in Malaysia.International Halal Conference, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 11-12 Sept 2012.
Aiedah Abdul Khalek, Syarifah Hayaati Syed Ismail and Hairunnisa Mohamad Ibrahim Sharifah, Factors Influencing Young Muslims’ Intention to Consume Halal Food, Global Islamic Marketing Conference, Cairo Egypt,17-18 December 2012.
NurAinif Omar, Aiedah Abdul Khalek & Thamayanthee, Intercultural and Interreligious Issues of International Students in Private University, National Conference of Management of International Students, International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Sept 2011.
Aiedah Binti Abdul Khalek, Exploring the Use Of Project-Based Learning Among Students Learning History at Taylor’s College, Malaysia, International Conference on Lesson Study, Indonesia University of Education. Bandung, Indonesia. 1stAugust, 2009.
Tan Meng Yoe, Farooq Shaikh, Aiedah Abdul Khalek (2020-2021), Engaging Stigmatized Diseases Through Religion: Misinformation, Trust, and Empowerment, Global Asia in the 21st Century Research Grant, Monash University Malaysia, RM20,000
Hakim Mohad, Ros Aiza Mokhtar , Sarjit Singh , Ahmad Tarmizi Talib, Aiedah Abdul Khalek (2019-2020), Model of NGOs' Engagement in National Unity in Multiracial Society, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme, Ministry of Education Malaysia, RM88,250
Aiedah Khalek (2018-2019) A Quantitative Study Of Halal Commensality And Social Cohesion In Malaysia, Monash University Malaysia, RM7229
Hakim Mohad, Ros Aiza Mokhtar , Sarjit Singh , Ahmad Tarmizi Talib, Aiedah Abdul Khalek (2017-2018),The Role of NGOs in National Integration in Sabah, Research and Training Institute of National Integration under the Prime Minister Department, RM49,900
Aiedah Khalek and Ros Aiza Mokhtar (2016-2017) Exploring Halal Dining Experience among Urban Generation Y and its Impact on Social Cohesion in Malaysia, Monash University Malaysia, RM7,700
Adrian Yao,Timothy, Aiedah Khalek, Nurul Fazreen (2015-2016) General Studies & Monash English Bridging Transformational Project, Funding: Monash University Better Teaching and Better Learning Grant, RM50,000
Tan Meng Yoe, Farooq Sheikh and Aiedah Abdul Khalek, 3rd Best Presentation in the 1st Malaysian Epilepsy Congress 2021, A Preliminary Study on Tackling Epilepsy Associated Stigma Through Religion: Misinformation, Trust, and Empowerment, 18th March - 21st March 2021.
The Best Paper Award, 2nd International Conference on Sociality Culture and Humanities, Moscow Russia, June 22-23 2014.
Aiedah’s areas of supervision are in religion, society, nation-building, particularly, but not exclusively with a focus on halal consumption, ethnic and multi-religious relations, as well as multidisciplinary research that involves the religious, ethnicities, and cultural aspects.