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Syed Musa Bin Syed Jaafar Alhabshi

Academic Qualification

  • Accounting and Finance - Doctorate of Business Admin., University of Strathclyde
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) - Bachelor Degree, International Islamic University Malaysia

Syed Musa Bin Syed Jaafar Alhabshi (Assoc. Prof. Dr.)

Associate Professor
IIUM Gombak Campus


Expert Profile

Dr. Syed Musa Syed Jaafar Alhabshi currently serves as Dean of IIiBF, IIUM and has held various academic positions since February 1994 including Head of Accounting Department (IIUM,1994), Head of Postgraduate Islamic Banking and Finance (IIUM, 1998), Head of Center of Post Graduate Studies (Unitar, 2000), Dean of Faculty of Business Administration (Unitar, 2004), Dean of Graduate School of Business ( Unirazak,2010) and Dean of Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance (IIUM, 2013). As an academic he has served both public and private universities since 1989 a close to 30 years period of teaching, research and supervision of post graduate students in Accounting, Business Administration and Islamic Banking and Finance in both taught master programmes (M.Sc. Accounting, MBA/MOM, MSc Islamic Banking and Finance), professional (CIMA, CIFP) and Doctoral programmes (PhD Accounting, Management and Islamic Banking and Finance). As an academic and trainer he conducted numerous local and international workshops on accounting, audit, governance and risk in Islamic Finance organized by both financial authorities and agencies such as IFSB, SEACEN to regulators, academics and practitioners in the UK, Dubai, Hong Kong, Maldives, Jeddah, Singapore, Brunei, Jakarta and Philippines.   Education Background His early education began in Raffles Institution Singapore (1976) and later obtained Diploma in Business (Financial) from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore (1984). Whist attached to audit firm in Singapore, he pursued ACCA qualification and graduated with  1st class Honors in 1989 in Bachelor of Business Administration at International Islamic University, Malaysia. With IIUM scholarship award he pursued MSc in Finance and was awarded Doctorate of Business Administration (Accounting and Finance) (1994) in Strathclyde University, UK. Academic and Professional Appointments Upon completion of his A level exams, he was enlisted in National Service as Police Inspector Singapore Police Force from 1980 to 1982. Having completed Diploma he was employed by Coopers and Lybrand, Singapore (1984). In 1989 he was invited to be academic staff of Kulliyyah of Economics and Management, IIUM, Malaysia and served for 15 years. In 2000 he continued his academic career in UNITAR where e-learning hybrid model was employed. He then pioneered the PhD Management offshore program with Univerisiti Muslim Indonesia in Makassar 2003. Due to increasing consulting and industry training responsibilities he took full industrial attachment to facilitate the setting up of Amanie Business Solutions (Amanie) and International Institute of Islamic Finance Inc (IIF Inc) in 2005 which then followed as a full time Principal Consultant for both establishments until 2008. During which he was among leading team member(s) for Khazanah Islamic financial hub consulting project in SJER (Iskandar), INCIEF CIFP Professional Modules development as well as design and development of CIMA UK Certified Islamic Finance Professional Certificate and Diploma program (2007). In 2009 he resumed his full time academic path as Associate Professor in Graduate School of Business in Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (Unirazak) where he taught Global MBA in Islamic Banking and Finance Programme involving dual Master award from a consortium of several universities (UK, US, Germany, Spain) and supervise PhD in Management. In 2000 IIUM Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance (IIiBF) recruited him as faculty staff of IIiBF and has since taught courses and supervise research related to graduate Islamic banking and finance programs. In 2013 he was appointed as member of External Review Team of the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the United Arab Emirates and reappointed in 2019 where he reviewed programs on Islamic Banking and Finance offered in UAE. Currently he is a panel assessor of Financial Accreditation Agency (FAA) and external examiner to University of Nottingham graduate and undergraduate program in Islamic Investment and Finance. Since 2016 he is appointed as Group member for Infusion of Shariah Standard Murabaha into Academic Syllabus of Local universities. Since 2018 he is appointed as a Chairman of Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Mumalah Islamic Finance Program Standard review committee as well as member of Majlis Jawatan Akreditasi (Sains Sosial). In 2015 he is appointed as Director for Entry Point Project 7  (EPP 7) on Islamic Finance Education from National Economic Transformation Plan (ETP). Recently in 2017 he has been elected as President of International Council of Islamic Finance Educators (ICIFE) to spearhead talent and curriculum developments of Islamic financial Services Industry. Currently he is also the Chairman of International Shariah Advisory Services (ISAS) a subsidiary of IIUM holdings. In 2017 he was elected as President of International council for Islamic Finance Education (ICIFE) and since March 2019 he is re-elected as president for the second term. Professional Engagement and Industry Accomplishments His consultancy and professional engagements began when he was appointed as a member Accounting and Auditing Standards Board (AAOIFI), Bahrain in 1997 as well as serving Malaysian Accounting Standards Board Working Groups since 2001. He served as Islamic product consultant to EON Banking Group (Eon Cap Islamic) as well as member of Shariah committee. Currently he serves as Shariah Advisory Committee (SAC) member of Securities Commission, Shariah committee member of Bank of Tokyo and MNRB Group as well as Shariah Supervisory committee (SSC) Labuan Offshore Financial Services Authority (LOFSA). He was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director (INED) to serve the board of Takaful Ikhlas Berhad and Malaysian Retakaful Berhad from 2008 to 2017. He was also appointed as Technical consultant of Centennial Group to draft Islamic Financial Services Board Transparency and Market Discipline Standard and as well as Prudential Structural Indicators for Islamic Financial Services Industry (IFSI). Subsequently he was engaged to conduct research on Shariah Boards and Supervision (1999) to facilitate preparation of draft for Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) Shariah governance standard. Subsequently as Amanie Team member, he was engaged  by BNM on SIX shariah contract parameters for Islamic financial services prior to the promulgation of the current Shariah Standards.

Area of Specialisation

  • Economics, Business And Management ~ Economics, Business And Management ~ Accounting ~ Zakat Accounting - Advisory on Financial Reporting of Zakat Institutions
  • Economics, Business And Management ~ Economics, Business And Management ~ Finance ~ Financial Institutions - Advisory on Financial product structuring
  • Economics, Business And Management ~ Economics, Business And Management ~ Accounting ~ Islamic Accounting - Financial Reporting of Islamic Financial Institutions
  • Economics, Business And Management ~ Economics, Business And Management ~ Accounting ~ Financial Reporting (Including Accounting Regulation, Accounting Standards, Accounting Theory, Standard-Setting Process, Financial Reporting in Private and Public Sector Organisations) - Development of Financial reporting , auditing, governance and risk standards
  • Economics, Business And Management ~ Economics, Business And Management ~ Accounting ~ Corporate Governance (Including Accountability, Ethics, Integrity) - Advisory on Corporate and Shariah Governance for Islamic Financial Institutions
  • Economics, Business And Management ~ Economics, Business And Management ~ Accounting ~ Accounting Education - Curriculum Design and Development for Islamic Finance Education

Teaching Responsibilities

ACCOUNTING FOR ISLAMIC FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 2015/2016 2020/2021 2019/2020 2018/2019 2014/2015 2017/2018 2016/2017
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN ISLAMIC FINANCE 2017/2018 2018/2019 2013/2014 2014/2015 2012/2013 2016/2017
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 2012/2013 2014/2015 2013/2014 2015/2016
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 2014/2015 2015/2016 2013/2014 2012/2013
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 2015/2016 2017/2018 2014/2015 2020/2021 2019/2020 2013/2014 2018/2019 2016/2017
RISK MANAGEMENT OF ISLAMIC FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 2016/2017 2017/2018 2020/2021 2018/2019 2015/2016 2019/2020
WAQF AND ISLAMIC FINANCE 2020/2021 2019/2020

Research Projects

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2021 - Present Applied Maqasid of Shariah Framework for Validating the Substance of Islamic Financial Instruments: An Accounting Perspective
2019 - Present Social Impact Performance Measurement Model for Islamic Financial Institutions: Integrating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Value-Based Intermediation (VBI) and Maqasid asShari'ah



2021 Corporate social responsibility and Islamic and conventional banks performance: a systematic review and future research agenda. Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, () pp. 1-21
2020 Assessing the effectiveness of internal Sharıʿah audit structure and its practices in Islamic financial institutions: a case study of Islamic banks in Yemen. Asian Journal of Accounting Research, 5 (2) pp.
2020 Benchmark rate risk, duration gap and stress testing in dual banking systems. Pacific Basin Finance Journal, 62 () pp. 1-20
2020 Competition between conventional and Islamic banks in Malaysia revisited. Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research, ahead-of-print () pp. 1-19
2020 Conceptual framework of internal Sharīʿah audit effectiveness factors in Islamic banks. ISRA International Journal of Islamic Finance, 12 (2) pp. 171-193
2020 Does capital adequacy ratio influence risk-taking behaviour of conventional and Islamic banks differently? Empirical evidence from dual banking system of Malaysia. Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research, ahead-of-print () pp. 1-27
2020 Exploring the knowledge of Islamic banking among Libyan bankers. IJIEF: International Journal of Islamic Economics and Finance, 3 (1) pp. 1-20
2020 Influence of economic freedom and its subcomponents on risk-taking behavior Evidence from dual banking system of Malaysia. Review of Behavioral Finance, () pp. 1-22
2020 Risk management with a duration gap approach: empirical evidence from a cross-country study of dual banking systems. Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research, 11 (6) pp. 1257-1300
2020 Robo-advisory for Islamic financial institutions: shari’ah and regulatory issues. European Journal of Islamic Finance, First Special Issue () pp. 1-8
2020 The impact of corporate social responsibility on stock price volatility of the US banks: a moderating role of tax. Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting, ahead-of-print () pp. 1-15
2020 The impact of monetary systems on income inequity and wealth distribution: A case study of cryptocurrencies, fiat money and gold standard. International Journal of Emerging Markets, 15 (6) pp. 1161-1183
2020 The influential role of financial reporting regulations on the disclosure levels of Islamic Banks in selected jurisdictions. TEST Engineering & Management, 83 () pp. 24781-24794
2019 A critical review of bank stability measures in selected countries with dual banking system. Revista Publicando, 6 (19) pp. 118-131
2019 Cryptocurrencies, fiat money or gold standard: an empirical evidence from volatility structure analysis using news impact curve. International Journal of Monetary Economics and Finance, 12 (2) pp. 75-97
2019 Debt theories in Islamic commercial transactions and their implications for the Islamic capital market. International Journal of Management and Applied Research, 6 (4) pp. 296-306
2019 Determinants of capital structure decisions among publicly listed Islamic banks. Management Science Letters, 9 (10) pp. 1577-1598
2019 The effect of symmetric and asymmetric information on volatility structure of crypto-currency markets: a case study of bitcoin currency. Journal of Financial Economic Policy, 11 (3) pp. 432-450
2019 The future of the banking system under the dominance and development of the cryptocurrency industry: empirical evidence from cointegration analysis. The Journal of Wealth Management, 22 (2) pp. 1-9
2019 The impact of competition on cost efficiency of insurance and takaful sectors: evidence from GCC markets based on the stochastic frontier analysis. Research in International Business and Finance, 47 () pp. 410-427
2019 The impact of cryptocurrencies market development on banks’ deposits variability in the GCC region. Journal of Financial Economic Policy, 11 (4) pp. 1-24
2019 The impact of oil prices and the financial market on cost efficiency in the insurance and Takaful sectors: evidence from a stochastic frontier analysis. Economic Systems, 43 (3-4) pp. 1-18
2019 The impact of zakat distribution on social welfare a case study of Selangor zakat agencies, Malaysia. Al-Shajarah: Journal of The International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), Special Issue: Islamic Banking and Finance () pp. 147-167
2018 A comparative study of the historical and current development of the GCC insurance and takaful industry. Journal of Islamic Marketing, 9 (2) pp. 356-369
2018 Comparative analysis of bank stability in Indonesia: A non-parametric approach on different banking models. Journal of Islamic Monetary Economics and Finance, 3 (2) pp. 201-219
2018 Financial reporting dimensions of intangibles in the context of Islamic finance. Al-Shajarah: Journal of The International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), Special Issue, Islamic Banking & Finance, (2018) () pp. 375-396
2018 Lowly or negative benchmark rates bandwagon: any risk implications for Islamic banks?. Al-Iqtishad: Jurnal Ilmu Ekonomi Syariah (Journal of Islamic Economics), 10 (1) pp. 115-134
2018 Proposed Waqf framework for food security and price stabilization policy of rice in Indonesia. Journal of Islamic Finance, 7 (2) pp. 70-85
2017 Bank stability measures for dual banking system. Advanced Science Letters, 23 (1) pp. 554-557
2017 Exploring multi-domains of Islamic finance education curriculum. Al-Shajarah, Special Issue: Islamic Banking & Finance (na) pp. 215-232
2017 Financial reporting of intangible assets in Islamic finance. ISRA International Journal of Islamic Finance, 9 (2) pp. 190-195
2017 Further evidence on the stability of Islamic versus conventional banks in selected GCC countries from 1999 to 2015. Journal of Islamic Finance, 6 (Special Issue) pp. 035-045
2017 Intellectual capital contribution to organizational performance in Malaysian banking and non-banking sectors. Advanced Science Letters, 21 (1) pp. 406-409
2017 Risk management in changing benchmark rates regime: Prudential implications for Islamic banks and supervisors. Journal of Islamic Finance, 6 (Special Issue) pp. 205-230
2017 Towards providing the best Sharī'ah governance practices for Waqf based institutions. Al-Shajarah: Journal of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), 2017 (Special Issue Education) pp. 165-185
2016 Shariah governance framework for Islamic co-operatives as an integral social insitution in Malaysia. Intellectual Discourse, 24 () pp. 447-500
2016 The impact of service quality on Malaysian Muslim Islamic bank customers: satisfaction,loyalty and retention. Al-Shajarah, 21 (3 Special Issue) pp. 183-215
2016 The proposed new integrated of performance measurements (M score) for Islamic banks. Advanced Science Letters, 22 (12) pp. 4457-4460
Conference or Workshop Item

2019 Determinants of attitude and intention of bank employees towards conversion to full-fledged Islamic banking in Libya. In: The 7th ASEAN Universities International Conference on Islamic Finance (AICIF 2019),
2019 Developing conceptual framework for zakat distribution impact on social welfare using financial technology and its implications on sustainable development goals (SDGs) in OIC countries. In: 2019 Kedah International Zakat Conferrence,
2019 Exploring perceptions towards policy formulation in Indonesia waqf sector: an organizational legitimacy perspective. In: The 7th ASEAN Universities International Conference on Islamic Finance,
2019 Islamic political economy and sustainable social development policies: an analytical study. In: 7th ASEAN Universities International Conference on Islamic Finance UNIDA Indonesia,
2019 Robo-advisory for Islamic financial institutions: shariah and regulatory issues. In: Turin Islamic Economics Forum,
2018 Measuring bank stability: a comparative analysis between Islamic and conventional banks in Malaysia. In: 2nd Advances in Business Research International Conference (ABRIC 2016),
2017 Exploring the influential factors on online investment platform. In: "6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for the Muslim World, ICT4M 2016",
2017 Malaysia Islamic Finance Education Report (MIFER). In: Tiefer Round Table 2017,
2016 A comparative analysis of stability measures between Islamic and conventional banks in selected MENA countries during 1999 to 2015. In: 4 th ASEAN International Conference on Islamic Finance (AICIF 2016),
2016 A comparative study of the historical and current development of the GCC insurance and Takaful industry . In: The 18th Malaysian Finance Association Annual Conference (MFAC) and 7th Islamic Banking, Accounting and Finance Conference 2016 (iBAF 2016),
2016 Measuring bank stability: a comparative analysis between Islamic and conventional banks in Malaysia. In: 2nd Advances in Business Research International Conference ABRIC 2016),
2015 Identifying critical factors towards building a viable sadaqa house model in Malaysia. In: Sadaqah House Seminar,
Book Section

2021 Developing a conceptual framework for Zakat collection and distribution Impact on social welfare through implications of SDGs. In: IGI Global Publisher, ISBN: , pp. 120-138
2019 The Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance advancing Islamic finance industry worldwide. In: IIUM Press, International Islamic University Malaysia, ISBN: 978-967-491-035-8, pp. 321-331