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.

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  • Academic Presentation


  • Authors : Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2010-08-05)

  • The question we hope to answer is what are the preconditions needed to embrace Islamic Finance? The term Islamic Finance must be underlined by Shariah, otherwise there is no Islamic Finance. It encompasses banking, insurance (takaful) wealth planning, capital and money markets. In fact, it includes also the personal, public and corporate finance. In fact, it also includes international finance. Shariah is essentially the Islamic law that covers all aspects of life for Muslims. Its main objective is to provide what is good and beneficial to society and prevents what is harmful and bad for society. This is only achievable by commanding what is good and forbidding what is evil. It is to ...

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  • Keynote & Speech


  • Authors : Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2015)

  • It gives me very great pleasure indeed to be invited by my dear brother Dr Muhammad Syafii Antonio the Head of Tazkia University College of Islamic Economics to deliver this address at the 11th convocation. I have been requested to speak on the role of higher learning institutions in the development of Islamic finance. This is a very appropriate topic for this occasion when the Islamic Finance landscape has made tremendous progress within a short period of about four decades and is facing various challenges that need to be addressed if we want to bring it to the next level. Let us first serf the current landscape of Islamic finance.

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  • Chapter in Book


  • Authors : Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2014)

  • Quite apart from the distinct dichotomy of man's life into the secular and spiritual, conventional economics is still plagued with undue emphasis on the positive at the expense of the normative treatment of the subject. 'What is' becomes the norm, in fact, the rule rather than 'what ought'.

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  • Industry Article


  • Authors : Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2014)

  • I have chosen the topic to be "The Constant behaviour of Generations of Men". I got this idea after picking up a number of latest publications in Islamic Banking and Finance that I have a chance to lay my hands pn the last few weeks. I thought I want to touch on something that would be most current in the literature. What I finally got was the impression that men never change in their behaviour and pursuit of life, hence the title. I believe you will agree with me at the end of this half article that I am not far from the truth.

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  • Chapter in Book


  • Authors : Alhabshi, Syed Othman; Shaikh Abdul Razak, Shaikh Hamzah (2014)

  • Mutual help and guarantee have been the ordinary practice of tribal Arabs even before the advent of Islam in Arabia. A similar but refined concept was reinforced by the Qur'an to be adopted by Muslims. It was widely applied in their daily lives. When the Muslims extended their trade by sea to the Far East, the concept of mutual assistance became more prominent and organised to protect their ships, merchandise and even lives from all sorts of dangers and mishaps. The practice by these merchants to put aside a sum of money before setting sail to the Far East for trade as a fund to compensate any loss incurred by any of them became the most prominent practice that led to the birth of wha...

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  • Journal Article


  • Authors : Alhabshi, Syed Othman; Shaikh Abdul Razak, Shaikh Hamzah (2009-09-01)

  • Mutual help and guarantee have been the ordinary practice of tribal Arabs even before the advent of Islam in Arabia. A similar but refined concept was reinforced by the Qur’an to be adopted by Muslims. It was widely applied in their daily lives. When the Muslims extended their trade by sea to the Far East, the concept of mutual assistance became more prominent and organised to protect their ships, merchandise and even lives from all sorts of dangers and mishaps. The practice by these merchants to put aside a sum of money before setting sail to the Far East for trade as a fund to compensate any loss incurred by any of them became the most prominent practice that led to the birth of wha...

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  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors : 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 ...

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  • Academic Proceeding


  • Authors : Alhabshi, Syed Othman; Shaikh Abdul Razak, Shaikh Hamzah (2009)

  • Mutual help and guarantee have been the ordinary practice of tribal Arabs even before the advent of Islam in Arabia. A similar but refined concept was reinforced by the Qur'an to be adopted by Muslims. It was widely applied in their daily lives. When the Muslims extended their trade by sea to the Far East, the concept of mutual assistance became more prominent and organised to protect their ships, merchandise and even lives from all sorts of dangers and mishaps. The practice by these merchants to put aside a sum of money before setting sail to the Far East for trade as a fund to compensate any loss incurred by any of them became the most prominent practice that led to the birth of wha...

Prof. Datuk Dr. Syed Othman Alhabshi
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  • Email: 
  • Phone: 
  • Position:
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 82
  • 2010_aug_5_what_it_takes_to_embrace_islamic_finance_bandung_alhabshi.pdf.jpg
  • Academic Presentation


  • Authors : Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2010-08-05)

  • The question we hope to answer is what are the preconditions needed to embrace Islamic Finance? The term Islamic Finance must be underlined by Shariah, otherwise there is no Islamic Finance. It encompasses banking, insurance (takaful) wealth planning, capital and money markets. In fact, it includes also the personal, public and corporate finance. In fact, it also includes international finance. Shariah is essentially the Islamic law that covers all aspects of life for Muslims. Its main objective is to provide what is good and beneficial to society and prevents what is harmful and bad for society. This is only achievable by commanding what is good and forbidding what is evil. It is to ...

  • role_higher_learning_institution_development_islamic_finance_syed_othman.pdf.jpg
  • Keynote & Speech


  • Authors : Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2015)

  • It gives me very great pleasure indeed to be invited by my dear brother Dr Muhammad Syafii Antonio the Head of Tazkia University College of Islamic Economics to deliver this address at the 11th convocation. I have been requested to speak on the role of higher learning institutions in the development of Islamic finance. This is a very appropriate topic for this occasion when the Islamic Finance landscape has made tremendous progress within a short period of about four decades and is facing various challenges that need to be addressed if we want to bring it to the next level. Let us first serf the current landscape of Islamic finance.

  • the_role_of_ethics_in_economics.pdf.jpg
  • Chapter in Book


  • Authors : Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2014)

  • Quite apart from the distinct dichotomy of man's life into the secular and spiritual, conventional economics is still plagued with undue emphasis on the positive at the expense of the normative treatment of the subject. 'What is' becomes the norm, in fact, the rule rather than 'what ought'.

  • item.jpg
  • Industry Article


  • Authors : Alhabshi, Syed Othman (2014)

  • I have chosen the topic to be "The Constant behaviour of Generations of Men". I got this idea after picking up a number of latest publications in Islamic Banking and Finance that I have a chance to lay my hands pn the last few weeks. I thought I want to touch on something that would be most current in the literature. What I finally got was the impression that men never change in their behaviour and pursuit of life, hence the title. I believe you will agree with me at the end of this half article that I am not far from the truth.

  • takaful_concept_history_development_future.pdf.jpg
  • Chapter in Book


  • Authors : Alhabshi, Syed Othman; Shaikh Abdul Razak, Shaikh Hamzah (2014)

  • Mutual help and guarantee have been the ordinary practice of tribal Arabs even before the advent of Islam in Arabia. A similar but refined concept was reinforced by the Qur'an to be adopted by Muslims. It was widely applied in their daily lives. When the Muslims extended their trade by sea to the Far East, the concept of mutual assistance became more prominent and organised to protect their ships, merchandise and even lives from all sorts of dangers and mishaps. The practice by these merchants to put aside a sum of money before setting sail to the Far East for trade as a fund to compensate any loss incurred by any of them became the most prominent practice that led to the birth of wha...

  • takaful_concept_history_development_future_challenges_industry_shaikhhamzah.pdf.jpg
  • Journal Article


  • Authors : Alhabshi, Syed Othman; Shaikh Abdul Razak, Shaikh Hamzah (2009-09-01)

  • Mutual help and guarantee have been the ordinary practice of tribal Arabs even before the advent of Islam in Arabia. A similar but refined concept was reinforced by the Qur’an to be adopted by Muslims. It was widely applied in their daily lives. When the Muslims extended their trade by sea to the Far East, the concept of mutual assistance became more prominent and organised to protect their ships, merchandise and even lives from all sorts of dangers and mishaps. The practice by these merchants to put aside a sum of money before setting sail to the Far East for trade as a fund to compensate any loss incurred by any of them became the most prominent practice that led to the birth of wha...

  • IF_Hub_Issue_3_Takaful_game_numbers_SyedOthman.pdf.jpg
  • Newsletter & Bulletin


  • Authors : 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 ...

  • item.jpg
  • Academic Proceeding


  • Authors : Alhabshi, Syed Othman; Shaikh Abdul Razak, Shaikh Hamzah (2009)

  • Mutual help and guarantee have been the ordinary practice of tribal Arabs even before the advent of Islam in Arabia. A similar but refined concept was reinforced by the Qur'an to be adopted by Muslims. It was widely applied in their daily lives. When the Muslims extended their trade by sea to the Far East, the concept of mutual assistance became more prominent and organised to protect their ships, merchandise and even lives from all sorts of dangers and mishaps. The practice by these merchants to put aside a sum of money before setting sail to the Far East for trade as a fund to compensate any loss incurred by any of them became the most prominent practice that led to the birth of wha...