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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Malaysian investors perspectives on Islamic stock market_Marjan_Syed Othman_Mansur Masih.jpg.jpg
  • Chapter in Book


  • Naseri, Marjan; Alhabshi, Syed Othman; Mohammed Masih, Abul Mansur (2017)

  • This chapter attempts to analyse the extent of financial integration of Islamic stock markets in two developed (the US and Japan) and two developing countries (China and India). The study takes the perspectives of the Malaysian Islamic investors in making their decisions about portfolio diversification, risk management and asset allocation. Despite the growing interest in Islamic finance, there are a few empirical studies investigating integration of Islamic stock markets. As a result, there is a certain gap in the literature pertaining to this area of research. By applying recent relevant techniques such as MGARCH-DCC and wavelets (both CWT and MODWT), this chapter examines the volatility and correlations among these Islamic stock markets in a time-variant manner to indicate the degree...

  • Religion_of_Islam_and_microfinance_ashraful_mansur_syed othman.pdf.jpg
  • Journal Article


  • Mobin, Mohammad Ashraful; Mohammed Masih, Abul Mansur; Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2017)

  • This study is the initial attempt to investigate first whether microfinance institutions (MFIs) perform differently in the OIC countries where Islam is the prevailing religion and second, how Islamic microfinance institutions are different (if any) from the conventional MFIs. To accomplish these objectives, we employ a dynamic difference and system-generalized method of moments estimators. Our findings tend to indicate that there are significant differences in the way Islamic MFIs performed and operated as compared to that of the conventional MFIs in certain regions. However, in other regions, there were no significant differences in operation and performance between the Islamic MFIs and Conventional MFIs. The study presents important insights for the Islamic microfinance managers and d...

  • Role_of_Islamic_microfinance_institution_in_poverty_alleviation_Quraisy_Shaikh_Syed Othman.pdf.jpg
  • Academic Proceeding


  • Quraisy, Muhammad; Alhabshi, Syed Othman; Shaikh Abdul Razak, Shaikh Hamzah (2017)

  • All human beings in this world deserve a better physical and social well-being particularly the quality of life. By having proper quality of life, the advancement of individual's physical and mental aspect can be assured. As such, the chronic social disease called poverty must be expelled. In Indonesia, Islamic Financial Cooperative which is known as Baitul Maal wat Tamwil (BMT) has been influential in alleviating poverty by providing financing access and social development programs to the poor, low income and the un-bankable. This paper purports to show that Islamic Microfinance Institution (IsMFI) particularly BMT has contributed towards poverty alleviation as well as enhancement of members' well-being and quality of life. As such, it becomes interesting to firstly find out wh...

  • 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.

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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 69
  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Malaysian investors perspectives on Islamic stock market_Marjan_Syed Othman_Mansur Masih.jpg.jpg
  • Chapter in Book


  • Naseri, Marjan; Alhabshi, Syed Othman; Mohammed Masih, Abul Mansur (2017)

  • This chapter attempts to analyse the extent of financial integration of Islamic stock markets in two developed (the US and Japan) and two developing countries (China and India). The study takes the perspectives of the Malaysian Islamic investors in making their decisions about portfolio diversification, risk management and asset allocation. Despite the growing interest in Islamic finance, there are a few empirical studies investigating integration of Islamic stock markets. As a result, there is a certain gap in the literature pertaining to this area of research. By applying recent relevant techniques such as MGARCH-DCC and wavelets (both CWT and MODWT), this chapter examines the volatility and correlations among these Islamic stock markets in a time-variant manner to indicate the degree...

  • Religion_of_Islam_and_microfinance_ashraful_mansur_syed othman.pdf.jpg
  • Journal Article


  • Mobin, Mohammad Ashraful; Mohammed Masih, Abul Mansur; Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2017)

  • This study is the initial attempt to investigate first whether microfinance institutions (MFIs) perform differently in the OIC countries where Islam is the prevailing religion and second, how Islamic microfinance institutions are different (if any) from the conventional MFIs. To accomplish these objectives, we employ a dynamic difference and system-generalized method of moments estimators. Our findings tend to indicate that there are significant differences in the way Islamic MFIs performed and operated as compared to that of the conventional MFIs in certain regions. However, in other regions, there were no significant differences in operation and performance between the Islamic MFIs and Conventional MFIs. The study presents important insights for the Islamic microfinance managers and d...

  • Role_of_Islamic_microfinance_institution_in_poverty_alleviation_Quraisy_Shaikh_Syed Othman.pdf.jpg
  • Academic Proceeding


  • Quraisy, Muhammad; Alhabshi, Syed Othman; Shaikh Abdul Razak, Shaikh Hamzah (2017)

  • All human beings in this world deserve a better physical and social well-being particularly the quality of life. By having proper quality of life, the advancement of individual's physical and mental aspect can be assured. As such, the chronic social disease called poverty must be expelled. In Indonesia, Islamic Financial Cooperative which is known as Baitul Maal wat Tamwil (BMT) has been influential in alleviating poverty by providing financing access and social development programs to the poor, low income and the un-bankable. This paper purports to show that Islamic Microfinance Institution (IsMFI) particularly BMT has contributed towards poverty alleviation as well as enhancement of members' well-being and quality of life. As such, it becomes interesting to firstly find out wh...

  • 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.