Sunday, May 27, 2012


Glad that ISDEV continues to organise its annual ISDEV International Conference on Islamic Development Management (IDMAC). The Call for Papers for this year's IDMAC, the 6th IDMAC12, has been launched. The theme is The Islamic Management of Human Development. The ISDEV News, the official blog of ISDEV (, has posted the Call for Papers, partly as follows:

The 6th ISDEV International Islamic Development Management Conference (IDMAC 2012): Islamic Management of Human Development
29th – 30th August, 2012, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang
Organized by:
Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV) & Social Transformation Platform
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia

Important Dates
Submission of Abstract        : 20th June 2012
Submission of Full Paper     : 20th July 2012
Registration                         : 29th August 2012
Abstract & Working Papers:                
Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad
Tel: 04-653 4601

Conference website: All are cordially invited. Please also disseminate the news to others.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Today, and also tomorrow, I am fully engaged with the Second ISDEV Research University Team (RUT) Worskhop. A total of 20 RUT team members and ISDEV Academic Staff Training Scheme (ASTS) Fellows presenting a total of 23 papers, researched during the first 6 months of their RUT research projects.

The research, entitled Islamic-based Development and led by me, contains 5 projects, viz. the Politics of Islamic Development Strategies, the Construction of the Mould and Index of Islamic-based Development, Ethics and Monitoring System in Human Management, the Corporate Social Responsibility of Islamic Banks, and the Application of Waqf Istibdal in Development.

The Acting Dean of the Social Transformation Research Platform Professor Osman Mohamad opens the Workshop, witnessed by a total of more than 50 participants, including research team members from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Universitas Medan Area, Institut Agama Islam Negeri Sumatera Utara and participant from Universiti Utara Malaysia.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Today, the Teachers' Day, MISDEV11 students has a surprise treatment for ISDEV lecturers. It was a Teachers' Day Cake and a khenduri, held immediately after their Dissertation Proposal Presentation.

Earlier at the outset of the Presentation, they stood up together to wish a happy Teachers' Day, very much similar to the routine of the wish the school students do every time a teacher come into their class. Many thanks MISDEV11.

Cutting the Teachers' Day Cake

Thursday, May 10, 2012


I was at the PWTC on May 6 for the 2012 International Book Fair for just about 4 hours. The first one-and-a-half hour was spent at the Riverside Cafe with Roosfa and Hasrom of the UKM Press, discussing on the publication of PhD theses of two ISDEV students recently passed with distinction (Mohd Shukri Hanapi and Muhammad Yasir Yusoff). The next two-and-a half hour was mainly spent at only two stalls, the Wiley and the GerakBudaya, and briefly at MAPIM and Utusan. Bought only nine books. That's all for this year's Book Fair due to tight workload.

L-R: Hasrom, Rossfa and myself
L-R: Myself, YB Dr Mujahid Yusuf Rawa and Ann Wan Seng at the signing stall of YB Dr Mujahid's latest book, Rejuvenasi PAS
The nine books bought during the brief visit to and on the last day of the International Book Fair 2012

Wednesday, May 09, 2012


Guess who on the right. Could he be me? Found this pic in the facebook, posted by a lady in Adelaide, Australia; suspected to be the baby on the left herself.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012


Coincidently met the friendly approachable cheerful Ustaz at the International Penang Airport on Sunday 6 May, on our way to Kuala Lumpur by a same flight. Been following his 30 Minit Ustaz Don program in TV Al-Hijrah, learning about basic Islam in a simplified way.

He is one of the rare Ustaz that is not only humble, but also does not insult the audiences' intelligence - the main reason for my liking of him, though sounds a little bit egoistic. His popularity is reflected all along while I was with him by people coming to him expressing salam, shaking hands, shooting photos, and providing facilities, et cetera.

An `alim with akhlak is definitely highly respected and loved by many than an `alim without akhlak.