|The three ISDEV Researchers about to embark on their academic mission in Jakarta and Bandung.|
ISDEV Researchers, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh, Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi and Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan were recently flown to Indonesia to conduct a field work of their research study at the Centre for Islamic Studies in Finance, Economic and Development (CISFED) in Jakarta as well as Darut Tauhiid in Bandung and Universitas Islam Bandung (UNISBA). The trip was from 14 until 18 February 2015.
|An informal discussion with the members of Perhimpunan Baitulmal Wa Tamwil (PBMT)|
The first day of the trip saw ISDEV Researchers having an informal discussion and dialogue with "Perhimpunan Baitulmal Wa Tamwil" (PBMT, Islamic Microfinance) led by Bapak Suharto, President and Director of PBMT Ventura. Bapak Suharto explained to ISDEV Researchers about PBMT programme in helping to improve the local economy through Islamic Microfinance. Moreover ISDEV Researchers also had the opportunity to mingle and meet up with other members of PBMT.
|Prof. Syukri (right) at the Seminar Pembangunan Pendidikan Islam organized by Insan Cendekia Madani (ICM).|
|Prof. Syukri's talk was full of vigour and vitality as his talk is on a subject that is very close to his heart.|
On the second day, Prof. Syukri was invited by Insan Cendekia Madani (ICM), an Islamic Private Boarding School at Bintaro, Jakarta to deliver a talk at "Seminar Pembangunan Pendidikan Islam". Prof. Syukri gave a talk on Strategy for Islamic Education Development. The Seminar was attended by administrative staff and teachers of ICM and was well received by the audience.
|Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi talks on "Thoughts on Islamic Political Economy".|
Meanwhile in the afternoon session, Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi took his turn to talk on "Pemikiran Ekonomi Politik Islam" at CISFED, Jakarta. The program was mostly attended by "Alumni Himpunan Mahasiswa Islam" (HMI) who are involved directly and indirectly with CISFED. In this program, ISDEV and CISFED had the opportunity to discuss and exchange views on current Islamic political economic development especially in Malaysia and Indonesia.
|Arrived at Bandung and welcomed by Dr. Atih (centre) and Ade Yunita (2nd from left).|
The researchers then departed to Bandung on 16 February and was welcomed by Dr. Atih Rohaeti Dariah (one of ISDEV Co-Researchers in ISDEV Research University Team (RUT)) and Ade Yunita Mafruhat, a MISDEV'14 (Postgraduate by Mixed Mode) student, who hails from Bandung, Indonesia.
|ISDEV Researchers collecting data at Daarut Tauhiid.|
|Part of the field work - Collecting data through an informal interview session with a student at|
Pesantren Tahfiz Daarut Tauhiid.
The mission then continued on 17 February with a field work at Daarut Tauhiid - an institution founded by Abdullah Gymnastiar (or popular known as AA Gym). At Darut Tauhiid, the field work was divided into three parts whereby the researchers conducted their field work at Pejabat Wakaf Darut Tauhiid, Yayasan Darut Tauhiid and Pesantren Tahfiz Darut Tauhiid (Baitul Qur'an).
On the last day of the research trip Prof. Syukri was once again invited to deliver a public speech on "Polisi Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam" (Islamic-based Development Policy). The public speech organized by UNISBA was attended by lecturers and students from the Faculty of Economics and Business. A Q&A session took place after Prof. Syukri ended his speech and the audience especially , UNISBA undergraduate students took the opportunity to pose some questions for clearer understanding.
|Serious at work with a Focused Group Discussion (FGD).|
A Focus Group Discussion then took place among ISDEV and UNISBA researchers by focusing on "Pelaku Pembangunan Berasaskan Al-Qur'an" (Development Actors Based on Al-Qur'an). Researchers from both institutions presented their findings of their research which led to the positive progress of the research.
Overall the mission to Jakarta and Bandung was accomplished and the researchers were satisfied with the results of their field work. They conclude that besides collecting information for their research, they also had the chance to disseminate ISDEV thoughts as well as learning new ideas from others. From this field work ISDEV researchers had the chance to widen their networking as well as strengthen the ukhuwwah with their counterparts from Indonesia.