Friday, December 19, 2014


The Participants of IDMAC 2014 with USM Vicw Chancellor (front row seated second from right)
Prof. Dato' Dr. Omar Osman.

ISDEV recently organized the 8th ISDEV International Islamic Development Management Conference (IDMAC 2014) at the University Conference Hall (DPU) of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Pulau Pinang. This is the eighth in a series of initiative to encourage related research in Islamic social sciences perspective, with the theme of Islamic Political Economy. The two days conference was held from the 9 till 10 December 2014 with the focus to provide a platform and opportunities for practitioners, managers, scholars, researchers, academicians, graduate students and others from all over the world to engage on an intellectual discourse on Islamic Political Economy and to explore new ideas and issues that is able to lead to the maximization of benefits for the Ummah.

USM Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Dr. Omar Osman (centre) with ISDEV Advisory Council Member, Pehin (left)
and ISDEV Director, Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh (right).

The opening remarks for this conference was given by Professor Dato' Dr. Omar Osman , Vice-Chancellor of USM. This year’s IDMAC 2014 also welcomed a very special guest from Brunei Darussalam, Yang Mulia Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abdul Rahman Haji Abdul Karim, ISDEV Advisory Council Member.

The packed hall of DPU for IDMAC 2014.

There were two keynote addresses delivered at IDMAC 2014. On the first day, the keynote address was delivered by ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh on "Islamic Political Economy - Importance, Perspectives and Issues for Research" while the second keynote address was delivered by Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi, Chairman of the 8th IDMAC 2014 on "Tahaluf Siyasi Dalam Ekonomi Politik Islam" (Tahaluf Siyasi in Islamic Political Economy) on the last day of IDMAC 2014.

One of the concurrent sessions in IDMAC 2014 which saw presenters
(from right to left) from Medan Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.

A total of 30 papers were presented ranging from topics on Islamic Political Economy with the focus on the philosophy, strategy, society, socials, waqf, zakat and the economy itself. Meanwhile, the presenters and participants for IDMAC 2014 came from within USM and other local universities such as , Universiti Utara Malaysia, Univertsiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and few foreign universities such as Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University (UNISSA) of Brunei Darussalam), North Sumatra Universiti (USU), Universiti Medan Area (UMA) , Airlangga Universiti (Surabaya), Universiti of Jember (Jember), and Lahore College for Women University (Pakistan).

ISDEV members with IDMAC 2014 Special Guest, (seated - centre) Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Dato' Seri Laila Jasa
Haji Awang Abdul Rahman Haji Abdul Karim.

The closing remarks for the conference was given by ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh. He expressed his optimism that the Islamic Political Economy as an academic field of study is viable, relevant and more importantly has attracted numerous researchers seen from the quantity of quality papers presented at IDMAC 2014. Prof Syukri at the end of the remarks then officially closed IDMAC2014.
An ISDEV tradition - books written by ISDEV members were on sale during IDMAC 2014.

Sunday, December 14, 2014


'Aishah Radiyallahu 'Anha reports, that: "It was not the nature of Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam to talk indecently, nor did he engage himself in the use of obscene language. Nor did he shout and talk in the bazaars (which is against dignity). He did not avenge a bad deed with a bad one, but forgave it, and thereafter did not even mention it". [From Shama'il Muhammadiyah, Book 47: Noble Character and Habits of Rasulullah, Hadith 330].

Saturday, December 13, 2014


The presentation prepared by ISDEV Director, Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh.
In conjunction with the 8th ISDEV International Islamic Development Management Conference (IDMAC 2014), academicians from various universities in Medan, Indonesia paid a friendly visit to the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) to forge closer ties as well as to share expertise on the social sciences from the Islamic perspective.  

One of the ties that binds - A group photo of ISDEV and the academia from Medan.

The delegates from Medan were headed by ISDEV Alumni member in Medan, Dr. Heri Kusmanto. The delegates comprised of lecturers and postgraduate students from various universities namely: Universitas Medan Aria (UMA), Universitas Sumatera Utara (USU) and Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara (UMSU).

Prof Syukri (right) presenting a historical account of ISDEV.

The occasion was chaired by ISDEV Deputy Director, Dr. Zakaria Bahari. Also present were ISDEV lecturers, staff and students. It started with a brief ta’aruf (orientation) between ISDEV members and the delegates from Medan. ISDEV Director, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh then extended the informal discussion with a historical account of establishing ISDEV and its development up till its recognition and elevated status as a Research Centre of Excellence (COE).
Shereeza, a RISDEV student, giving her account of what it takes (and receives) to be a postgraduate student at ISDEV.
Simultaneously, ISDEV students also shared their experiences about their intellectual and spiritual journey throughout their studies as a postgraduate student of ISDEV.

Kasyfull (front - centre) brilliantly serves his dual roles as a RISDEV student as well as one of the delegates from Medan.
The friendly visit has definitely achieved to bring closer the ties that bind ISDEV and the academia from Medan, Indonesia. This meeting of the minds and hearts are akin to positive entertainment for the intellectualism and spirituality of all those present. It has provided the platform for informal discussion and sharing of ideas about the need to strive for the utmost in the wake of the Ummah particularly in Malaysia and Indonesia through the academic route.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


A very sentimental moment for Assoc. Prof Ab Aziz  (centre) as he believed his success was greatly attributed by the relentless effort of his two supervisors Prof Syukri (right) and Dr Fadzila Azni (left). 

Alhamdulillah, praise is indeed to Allah SWT as Assoc. Prof. Ab Aziz Yusof, a RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) student passed his viva voce that was held on a blessed Friday afternoon at three, 5 December 2014 at C06, Social Sciences Conference Room, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Following the footsteps of his seniors, Pak Ajiz as he is affectionately known within ISDEV fraternity, was awarded with a Grade "1". 

A truly serious business throughout the viva  examination as shown by the pictures above.

As an icing on the cake, Assoc. Prof. Ab Aziz's PhD thesis was also announced to be nominated for Best PhD Thesis at least at the University's level.His excellently written PhD thesis was on “Penialain Prestasi Maklum Balas 360 Darjah: Satu Kajian Teoretis Dari Perspektif Islam” (The 360 Degree Feedback Performance Evaluation: A Theoretical Study from the Islamic Perspective).

Professor Dr. Abdullah @ Alwi Hj.Hassan (left) requesting Assoc. Prof. Ab Aziz to clarify how his theoretical study of 360 degree feedback performance evaluation can be applied in the various institutions of Malaysia.

The Board of Examiners for Assoc. Prof. Ab Aziz's viva consisted of the Chairperson, Professor Dr. Md. Roslan Hashim from the School of Physics, USM, external examiner, Professor Dr. Professor Dr. Abdullah @ Alwi Hj.Hassan from Open University Malaysia and two internal examiners who were Dr. Zakaria Bahari and Dr. Zahri Hamat. In the meantime, Dr. Mohd Zaini Abu Bakar represented the Dean of Institute of Postgraduate Studies. His main supervisor, Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad and co-supervisor, Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh were also present.

A grateful Assoc. Prof. Ab Aziz  (seated 2nd from right) captures his triumphant moment with the 
panel of examiners after his viva voce.

The culture of ISDEV two strict routines was carried out on the day of Assoc. Prof. Ab Aziz's viva voce to prepare him in all four aspects - intellectually, physically, emotionally as well as spiritually. With these two routines, the mock viva and the performance of the nawafil solat hajat congregationally amongst ISDEV members after solat Juma'ah at Masjid Al-Malik Khalid, USM provided the impetus for Ab Aziz to be well prepared for his viva that took place thereafter.

Big time, hands down. Assoc. Prof Ab Aziz Yusof grabs the chance 
to share the joyous news with his beloved wife.
Assoc. Prof. Ab Aziz has been a long serving academician with Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). Besides popularly known as Pak Ajiz, he is also affectionately known as the "first born" of Dr Fadzila Azni. This term refers to his status as the first registered PhD student for Dr Fadzila Azni in her capacity as the main supervisor.

In addition ISDEV fraternity ardently prays to Allah SWT that Assoc. Prof. Ab Aziz will be conferred his full professorship by UUM soon, Ameen. Heartiest Congratulations Assoc. Prof. Ab Aziz!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

A NAS A WEEK - 15 SAFAR 1436

Have you not seen that Allah created the heavens and the earth in truth? If He wills, He can do away with you and produce a new creation [Ibrahim, 14:19].

Thursday, December 4, 2014


The IDMAC2014 banner that has been strategically placed throughout USM

The 8th ISDEV International Islamic Development Management Conference (IDMAC 2014) is just around the corner. This 8th-in-series annual research based conference, carries a theme "Islamic Political Economy" has the organizing committee members busy preparing for the final touches. A final meeting was held in C05 on Thursday 4 December, 2014 in order to wrap up on the schedule of the 2-day programme, to confirm the detailed schedule, protocols and other related matters to make IDMAC2014 a success.
The back-bone of IDMAC2014. (From right to left) Encik Abdul Aziz, Dr Mohd. Syakir and Prof. Syukri.

The final meeting was chaired by ISDEV Director, Professor Dr Muhammad Syukri Salleh. IDMAC2014 Chairman, Dr Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi, ISDEV Executive Research Officer, En Abdul Aziz Tahar and the rest of the committee members were also present to brief on the latest and to tie up any loose ends that may be faced by any one of them. The meeting also provided for the various committees to coordinate with one another. Every one is committed to ensure as smooth a flow as possible for IDMAC2014 as it is anticipted that there are participants from the region, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines.
Going through the final touches - the team behind IDMAC2014.

With this year’s IDMAC2014, ISDEV hopes to provide a platform for a meeting of minds to further develop the discipline of Islamic Political Economy as well as build a network of scholars, academicians, researchers, practitioners and others to strengthen the knowledge and ukhwwah among one another. 

IDMAC2014 will be held on 9 until 10 December, 2014 at the University Conference Hall (DPU), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

Monday, December 1, 2014


It is the first semester for MISDEV ‘14 (ISDEV Postgraduate by Mixed-Mode) students. It is a course requirement (SIW506 - Islamic Research Methodology) for each of the 35 students to prepare and submit their Research Proposal before the semester ends. However they need to present their proposals before submission of the first three chapters (Introduction, Literature Review and Research Methodology).

Athirah (left) anxious to hear the comments from ISDEV lecturers. Seen here are three ISDEV lecturers,
(from right to left) Dr Mohd Shukri, Dr. Mohd. Syakir and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdul Fatah.

According to the original arrangement, the presentation by all 35 students are to be divided into 3 sessions consisting of 11-12 students each. Each student is allocated 10 minutes for presentation and another 5-8 minutes for comments and suggestions from supervisors and lecturers. However, during the first session, held on Tuesday 25 November, 2014 at C05, only five students managed to present. 

It was noticed that the mistakes and technical errors especially of the students were recurrent so ISDEV lecturers unanimously agreed to correct the weaknesses on the spot with the hope that the students in the next session would not repeat the same flaws again.

Dr Zakaria (left) in full concentration with the rest of MISDEV'14 students

The five MISDEV'14 students who managed to present in the first session, nonetheless exhibited the depth and originality of their research. The filling of the literature gap and the potential to contribute to knowledge was very apparent. The first five blessed presenters with the respective Research Proposal titles were:

1) Ade Yunita Mafruhat on Perlaksanaan Ekonomi Politik Islam di Koperasi Pondok Pesantren Daarut Tauhid, Bandung, Indonesia (Implementation of Islamic Political Economy in Koperasi Pondok Pesantren Daarut Tauhid, Bandung, Indonesia);

2) Afnan Hamimi Taib Azamudden on Tahaluf Siyasi Dalam Politik Dakwah: Kajian Kes Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) di Pulau Pinang (Tahaluf Siyasi in Da'wah Politics: Case Study of Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) in Pulau Pinang).

3) Ahmad Nazrul Alif Yahya on Pembangunan Lestari USM: Analisis Berdasarkan Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam (USM Sustainable Development - Analysis based on Islamic-based Development).

4) Amirah Abdullah – Analisis Kritikal Terhadap Dogma Dalam Penyelidikan (Critical Analysis of Dogma in Research.

5) Athirah Abu Bakar – Kriteria Indikator Ranking Universiti Dunia: Analisis Berdasarkan Prinsip Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam (World University Ranking Criteria Indicators: Analysis based on Islamic-based Development Principles).

Atirah (right) presenting her proposal while ISDEV Director, Prof. Syukri (left) looks on.

Although these five students arrived at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in the late evening of Sunday from the Ban Nua 5.0 Programme, they were all amazingly calm and exude an air of humble confidence while successfully delivering their proposals. Lecturers were also very generous by sharing tips, comments and suggestions to ensure that excellent dissertations are within reach of all MISDEV’14 students. Jazakumullah khairan kathiran to all ISDEV lecturers.

The remaining sessions will continue after the 8th ISDEV International Islamic Development Management Conference (IDMAC2014) scheduled on 9 - 10 December 2014 at the University Conference Hall (DPU), USM.