Prof. Datuk Dr. Syed Othman Alhabshi
Qualification: Ph.D.in Econometrics, University of Birmingham, U.K. (1983)
Fields/Area of Specialization: Islamic Economics and Econometrics
INCEIF's former Deputy President of Academic (Retired in July 2017), Prof. Datuk Dr. Syed Othman Alhabshi joined INCEIF in 2007 as the Professor of Islamic Economics & Econometrics and Head of Takaful Faculty. He was then appointed as Chief Academic Officer in 2008. Since 1969, he has served in various academic capacities in four public universities in the country, namely Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). Apart from his academic activities, he has been active in the corporate setting in the capacity of member or chairman in various large and medium-scale companies. He was awarded a PhD in Econometrics from University of Birmingham, UK in 1983. His research interests include Islamic economics and Econometrics.

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  • 270317 - ISLAMIC FINANCE, DEVELOPMENT & GROWTH.pdf.jpg
  • Academic Presentation


  • Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2017-03-27)

  • The slides "Islamic finance in Malaysia: development and growth" presented by Prof. Datuk Dr. Syed Othman Alhabshi to the Delegates from Ministry of Finance, Ghana, at INCEIF.

  • 2017_feb_11_towards_a_comprehensive_development_of_IF_for_Tehran_alhabshi.pdf.jpg
  • Keynote & Speech


  • Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2017-03-11)

  • Islamic Finance which is an offshoot of Islamic economics has seen a more aggressive development than its parent in the last five decades. Islamic economics itself has been quite stagnant given the enthusiasm in building institutions such as banks, takaful companies, capital markets, and structuring products based on the Islamic contracts for such institutions. Many countries have joined the bandwagon to significant level of success, measured in terms of asset size, revenue, profitability, market share, etc. Whilst Islamic economics has still not completely departed from its conventional counterpart both theoretically and empirically, Islamic finance seem to suffer similar fate mimicking its conventional institutions and products at the risk of being considered unIslamic. Although many ...

  • IF_Hub_Issue_3_Takaful_game_numbers_SyedOthman.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2017)

  • The advantage of large numbers is well known in many success stories. This is not to deny that quality of the individuals can be more important than mere numbers. We have seen in history especially that of Islam, where many times the early Muslim army was outnumbered by the opponents by three, four or even ten times, yet they won almost every battle. For instance, in the first battle with idolaters of Makkah better known as Battle of Badr, in the second year of Hijrah, the Muslim army managed to gather only about 317 people, with only two horses and 70 camels for transport. The Makkans came with 1,300 strong, 100 horsemen, 600 soldiers with mail armour and many camels. Yet this first ever battle between the two sides was won by the smaller army mainly due to the quality of the individua...

  • pent_up_demand_for_islamic_finance.pdf.jpg
  • Chapter in Book


  • Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2017)

  • After slightly more than five decades of embracing Islamic banking through the establishment of the Pilgrims Fund (Tabung Haji) in 1963 and Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad in 1983, Malaysia today is an icon of Islamic banking and finance, surpassing many other financial centres in the world. The most striking achievements for Malaysia include the rapid growth of Islamic financial assets, the global leader status in the issuance of sukuk or Islamic bond and the robust legal and regulatory infrastructure that has been put in place...

  • 2016_sept_6_growth_and_development_of_islamic_capital_market_and_takaful_alhabshi.pdf.jpg
  • Academic Presentation


  • Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2016-09-05)

  • Emerges out of rising demand for long term capital. Long term capital are for large and long-term investments, development projects, and starting and expanding businesses. Islamic capital market (ICM) is also crucial in mitigating risks associated with long term financing, asset & liability mismatch of financial institutions. The common products are: Shariah-compliant stocks, sukuks, Islamic funds, and private equities.

  • 2016_aug_16_islamic_social_philanthropy_alhabshi.pdf.jpg
  • Academic Presentation


  • Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2016-08-16)

  • When the Prophet (saw) first received the revelation, he was so scared and went back to his beloved wife Khadijah to cover him up. Khadijah comforted him by saying that Allah would not for sake you because you help the poor, you love orphans, you helped people, etc. Early converts were mostly the poor and slaves. Only a few were wealthy individuals such as Abu Bakr As-Siddiq and Uthman Ibn Affan (ra).

  • 2016_may_26_wealth_management_microfinance_infrastructure_financing_alhabshi.pdf.jpg
  • Academic Presentation


  • Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2016-05-22)

  • The slides "Islamic wealth planning, Islamic microfinance, and the infrastructure of sukuk" presented by Prof. Datuk Dr. Syed Othman Alhabshi at the Executive Programme for Government of British Virgin Island, British Virgin Island.

  • 2016_may_23_islamic_finance_the_legal_and_regulatory_infrastructure_alhabshi.pdf.jpg
  • Academic Presentation


  • Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2016-05-22)

  • The slides "Islamic finance: the legal and regulatory infrastructure" presented by Prof. Datuk Dr. Syed Othman Alhabshi at the Executive Programme for Government of British Virgin Island, British Virgin Island.

  • 2016_mar_23_enhancing_islamic_wealth_management_education_alhabshi.pdf.jpg
  • Keynote & Speech


  • Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2016-03-23)

  • At the outset I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to the Chairman and members of the Organising Committee of MFPC's 3rd International Conference on Islamic wealth management and Financial Planning for inviting me to participate in this event this morning. It is a great honour for me to be invited but I believe it is not much pleasure to be speaking at this conference because I believe there are many others out there who would do a much better job than me. Given the theme of this conference as Enhancing Islamic Wealth Management Education and Shariah Planning Competency, I cannot but reflect on what I found to be the most effective and efficient way of educating individuals so as to improve their competency especially in a subject related to Shariah.

  • Shariah governance in Islamic financial institutions.png.jpg
  • Book


  • Lahsasna, Ahcene; Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2016)

  • The introduction of Shariah governance to the Islamic financial institutions (IFIs) is to enhance a sound internal control system of Shariah governance in the IFIs as well as a proper scope of responsibility and obligation for the corporate governance organs. This book centres on various aspects and issues of Shariah governance in the IFIs where it takes into account the international standards, parameters and practices through a cross border assessment of the Shariah governance framework (SGF) and structure that has been implemented in different jurisdiction including Malaysia. Available in physical copy only (Call Number: HD 2741 L184)

Prof. Datuk Dr. Syed Othman Alhabshi
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Qualification: Ph.D.in Econometrics, University of Birmingham, U.K. (1983)
Fields/Area of Specialization: Islamic Economics and Econometrics
INCEIF's former Deputy President of Academic (Retired in July 2017), Prof. Datuk Dr. Syed Othman Alhabshi joined INCEIF in 2007 as the Professor of Islamic Economics & Econometrics and Head of Takaful Faculty. He was then appointed as Chief Academic Officer in 2008. Since 1969, he has served in various academic capacities in four public universities in the country, namely Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). Apart from his academic activities, he has been active in the corporate setting in the capacity of member or chairman in various large and medium-scale companies. He was awarded a PhD in Econometrics from University of Birmingham, UK in 1983. His research interests include Islamic economics and Econometrics.
Showing results 1 to 10 of 151
  • 270317 - ISLAMIC FINANCE, DEVELOPMENT & GROWTH.pdf.jpg
  • Academic Presentation


  • Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2017-03-27)

  • The slides "Islamic finance in Malaysia: development and growth" presented by Prof. Datuk Dr. Syed Othman Alhabshi to the Delegates from Ministry of Finance, Ghana, at INCEIF.

  • 2017_feb_11_towards_a_comprehensive_development_of_IF_for_Tehran_alhabshi.pdf.jpg
  • Keynote & Speech


  • Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2017-03-11)

  • Islamic Finance which is an offshoot of Islamic economics has seen a more aggressive development than its parent in the last five decades. Islamic economics itself has been quite stagnant given the enthusiasm in building institutions such as banks, takaful companies, capital markets, and structuring products based on the Islamic contracts for such institutions. Many countries have joined the bandwagon to significant level of success, measured in terms of asset size, revenue, profitability, market share, etc. Whilst Islamic economics has still not completely departed from its conventional counterpart both theoretically and empirically, Islamic finance seem to suffer similar fate mimicking its conventional institutions and products at the risk of being considered unIslamic. Although many ...

  • IF_Hub_Issue_3_Takaful_game_numbers_SyedOthman.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2017)

  • The advantage of large numbers is well known in many success stories. This is not to deny that quality of the individuals can be more important than mere numbers. We have seen in history especially that of Islam, where many times the early Muslim army was outnumbered by the opponents by three, four or even ten times, yet they won almost every battle. For instance, in the first battle with idolaters of Makkah better known as Battle of Badr, in the second year of Hijrah, the Muslim army managed to gather only about 317 people, with only two horses and 70 camels for transport. The Makkans came with 1,300 strong, 100 horsemen, 600 soldiers with mail armour and many camels. Yet this first ever battle between the two sides was won by the smaller army mainly due to the quality of the individua...

  • pent_up_demand_for_islamic_finance.pdf.jpg
  • Chapter in Book


  • Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2017)

  • After slightly more than five decades of embracing Islamic banking through the establishment of the Pilgrims Fund (Tabung Haji) in 1963 and Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad in 1983, Malaysia today is an icon of Islamic banking and finance, surpassing many other financial centres in the world. The most striking achievements for Malaysia include the rapid growth of Islamic financial assets, the global leader status in the issuance of sukuk or Islamic bond and the robust legal and regulatory infrastructure that has been put in place...

  • 2016_sept_6_growth_and_development_of_islamic_capital_market_and_takaful_alhabshi.pdf.jpg
  • Academic Presentation


  • Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2016-09-05)

  • Emerges out of rising demand for long term capital. Long term capital are for large and long-term investments, development projects, and starting and expanding businesses. Islamic capital market (ICM) is also crucial in mitigating risks associated with long term financing, asset & liability mismatch of financial institutions. The common products are: Shariah-compliant stocks, sukuks, Islamic funds, and private equities.

  • 2016_aug_16_islamic_social_philanthropy_alhabshi.pdf.jpg
  • Academic Presentation


  • Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2016-08-16)

  • When the Prophet (saw) first received the revelation, he was so scared and went back to his beloved wife Khadijah to cover him up. Khadijah comforted him by saying that Allah would not for sake you because you help the poor, you love orphans, you helped people, etc. Early converts were mostly the poor and slaves. Only a few were wealthy individuals such as Abu Bakr As-Siddiq and Uthman Ibn Affan (ra).

  • 2016_may_26_wealth_management_microfinance_infrastructure_financing_alhabshi.pdf.jpg
  • Academic Presentation


  • Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2016-05-22)

  • The slides "Islamic wealth planning, Islamic microfinance, and the infrastructure of sukuk" presented by Prof. Datuk Dr. Syed Othman Alhabshi at the Executive Programme for Government of British Virgin Island, British Virgin Island.

  • 2016_may_23_islamic_finance_the_legal_and_regulatory_infrastructure_alhabshi.pdf.jpg
  • Academic Presentation


  • Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2016-05-22)

  • The slides "Islamic finance: the legal and regulatory infrastructure" presented by Prof. Datuk Dr. Syed Othman Alhabshi at the Executive Programme for Government of British Virgin Island, British Virgin Island.

  • 2016_mar_23_enhancing_islamic_wealth_management_education_alhabshi.pdf.jpg
  • Keynote & Speech


  • Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2016-03-23)

  • At the outset I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to the Chairman and members of the Organising Committee of MFPC's 3rd International Conference on Islamic wealth management and Financial Planning for inviting me to participate in this event this morning. It is a great honour for me to be invited but I believe it is not much pleasure to be speaking at this conference because I believe there are many others out there who would do a much better job than me. Given the theme of this conference as Enhancing Islamic Wealth Management Education and Shariah Planning Competency, I cannot but reflect on what I found to be the most effective and efficient way of educating individuals so as to improve their competency especially in a subject related to Shariah.

  • Shariah governance in Islamic financial institutions.png.jpg
  • Book


  • Lahsasna, Ahcene; Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2016)

  • The introduction of Shariah governance to the Islamic financial institutions (IFIs) is to enhance a sound internal control system of Shariah governance in the IFIs as well as a proper scope of responsibility and obligation for the corporate governance organs. This book centres on various aspects and issues of Shariah governance in the IFIs where it takes into account the international standards, parameters and practices through a cross border assessment of the Shariah governance framework (SGF) and structure that has been implemented in different jurisdiction including Malaysia. Available in physical copy only (Call Number: HD 2741 L184)