The 13th ISDEV International Development Management Conference is the thirteenth of a series of initiative to encourage related research in Islamic social sciences perspective, this time in the area of Political Economy of Wassatiyah. This conference is a continuation of the 12th ISDEV International Development Management Conference themed: Halal-Green Development Management which was held at Universiti Sains Malaysia on 29th –30th December 2017.
This year, the conference aims to achieve the following objectives:
- To provide a platform and opportunities for practitioners, managers, scholars, researchers, academicians, graduate students and others from all over the world to engage on an intellectual discourse on Political Economy of Wassatiyah;
- To present the latest research findings related to all issues on Political Economy of Wassatiyah, domestically and internationally, that relate to the philosophy and concepts, issues, challenges, prospects, transformation on Political Economy of Wassatiyah into a more effective and dynamic field of study;
- To explore new ideas and issues on Political Economy of Wassatiyah that is able to lead to the maximisation of benefits for the ummah.
Political economy of wassatiyah here refers to the interaction between Islamic economics and Islamic politics as well as the implications of their influence on each other and inter-related with Islamic Political Economy. The field of Islamic political economy is now faced with two realities. First, there is only a few studies made on Islamic political economy; and second, Islamic political economy has to deal with the dominant liberal-capitalist political economy. Most scholars so far only focused on Islamic economics or Islamic politics solely, but not on the Islamic political economy. The question is, can the Islamic economics or Islamic politics identify and provide solutions to the problems of the political economy of development of the society?
This conference tries to find an answer to this question. It aims to bring together various researchers, academicians, scholars, practitioners and others who have interest in the field of Islamic economics and Islamic politics regardless from within Malaysia or from other countries. This is a conference that hopes to be able to blend new, innovative and practical minds, unlike the common stereotype, reiterative and rhetorical ones. So are the papers and discussions expected for this conference.