Monday, December 21, 2015


Dr. Razali Othman receiving his award for winning the best thesis award for the Ph.D category
ISDEV Alumni, Dr. Razali Othman won the prestigious and much coveted Yayasan Nurul Yaqeen Best Thesis Award 2015 for the PhD category and received RM15,000 in cash, a trophy as well as a certificate of appreciation.

Dr. Razali Othman was a RISDEV student (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) who graduated from USM last November 2014. His winning research, supervised by main supervisor, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh and co- supervised by Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari, was on "Penggunaan Wang Sebagai Instrumen Wakaf Tunai: Satu Kajian Teoritis" (The Use of Money as a Cash Waqf Instrument: A Theoretical Study). Dr Razali Othman is now the Director of Islamic Centre, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).
Photo memento with Ahmad Fedtri Yahya, Tv3 personality
Meanwhile, there are other four ISDEV Alumni members, Professor Ab Aziz Yusoff (currently he is the Vice Chancellor of University College Bestari, Terengganu), Dr. Wan Anisah Endut and Dr. Wan Mohd Khairul Firdaus Wan Khairuldin (both from Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, UNiSZA), and Dr. Raziah Md. Tahir (Universiti Utara Malaysia, UUM) all of whom won the consolation prize for the PhD category.

Trophy and certificate of Dr. Raziah Md. Tahir - consolation prize
All five ISDEV Alumni members celebrated their auspicious winnings and received recognition for their excellent thesis during the Majlis Anugerah Tesis Terbaik Yayasan Nurul Yaqeen 2015 with a book launch on “Transformasi Pemikiran Sarwajagat Jilid Ketiga’ on 15 Disember 2015. The ceremony was held at Dewan Utama, Rumah Kelab Persatuan Alumni Universiti Malaya (UM) and was officiated by the Chairman of Yayasan Nurul Yaqeen, Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Haji Mohd Yassin.
The 3 Winners! Second from left, Dr. Razali Othman, Professor Dr. Ab Aziz Yusoff and Dr. Wan Anisah
Dr Suraya (left) of UniSZA is also an ISDEV Alumni member.
The main criteria for the selection of the theses is that the researches must be based on Islamic universal view or 'al-tasawwur al-Islami'. It is hoped that through awards such as these, ISDEV's commitment to produce high quality theses on Islam could be further acknowledged and appreciated simultaneously bringing glory and honour to the name of Islam.

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