A Harmonisation unit previously known as The Harmonisation of Shari’ah and Law unit was established in May 2002, as a subcommittee under the Kulliyyah Research Unit. It has been initiated in AIKOL to organize programmes on harmonisation of Shari’ah and law and Islamisation of laws. Since its inception, this unit has organized in the past several conferences and seminars which was one the objectives of the unit. Based on available records, the first seminar was held on 20-21 October, 2003, at the Regent Hotel Kuala Lumpur with the theme ‘Harmonisation of Syariah and Civil Law’ with an introduction on the concept of harmonisation. The details of the unit activities and the report regarding the conference were detailed out by Professor Hashim Kamali in Harmonisation of Syariah and Civil law: The Framework and Modus Operandi, IIUM Law Journal Vol.11, Number 2, 2002 This was followed by another conference jointly organised by AIKOL and JKSM on 30th June 2005 at Pan Pacific Hotel on the theme ‘Towards a Methodology of Harmonisation’. The 4th International Conference on Syariah Civil law was held in 2009, co organised with AGC.
Besides seminars and conferences, the Harmonisation unit focuses more on publication of research papers with selected agencies either by individual members of AIKOL or as a group project. For example in 2014, many AIKOL lecturers were involved in an extensive research project jointly conducted with IKIM in addressing larger areas of law that need to be harmonised. A report on ‘Kajian Pengharmonian Undang-undang Bertulis’ was published by IKIM in 2016. FAME, Aikol research cluster together with CFRU, jointly organinsed a seminar on Human Rights in Islam and published a book with IIUM Press entitled ‘ Issues on Harmonisation of Human Rights in Islam’ 2016. Universiti Islam Malaysia has published chapters in book on harmonisation of laws relating to the conflict of jurisdiction between Syariah and Civil courts on the title’ Article 121 Perlembagaan Persekutuan; Sejauhmanakah Artikel ini penyelesaikan konflik antara Mahkamah Syariah dan Mahkamah Civil’. Among articles contributed by authors are ‘Conflict of Jurisdiction between Civil And Syariah Courts; Dichotomy and Harmonisation’, ‘Artikel 121 (1A) Sejauh manakah ianya menyelesaikan konflik Bidangkuasa antara Mahkamah Syariah dan Mahkamah Sivil’ to mention a few. The book was published in 2017.
In late 2020, Harmonisation Unit, jointly organised a seminar with JKSM on a broader theme of Family law and Maqasid Syariah. Several books were published. In enhancing further the programme of the unit, more activities were planned focusing on harmonization of laws as the core business.