Prof. Dr. Abdul Ghafar Ismail


He received his doctorate in economics from the University of Southampton in 1994. He is currently a Professor of Islamic financial economics at Putra Business School and Chairman of Organisation of Islamic Studies and Thoughts; and AmBank Group Resident Fellow, Perdana Leadership Foundation. He is also a shariah committee of Sun Life Takaful Malaysia from 2021 to the present.

He has served as Shariah Committee Member of Citibank Malaysia (2005-2021), Rector, Kolej Pengajian Islam Johor (2019-2020), a lecturer and professor at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (1987-2016), Professor of Islamic financial economics at Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali, Head of research, Islamic Development Bank Jeddah (2013-2017), and Islamic banking advisor to the IMF for Djibouti (2015) and Board Member of Yayasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Islam Malaysia from November 2018 to June 2020. He has also been a consultant for Islamic Economics Master Plan for Indonesia; National Co-operative Policy for the Department of Cooperative Development; Microfinancing Action Plan for Economic Planning Division, Prime Minister’s Department, and Action Plan of Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia. He has also been a visiting guest at several institutions of higher learning – Taskent State Technical University, Universitas Islam Indonesia, Universitas Trisakti, University of North Sumatra, Istanbul Sabahatin Zain University, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, and Markfield Institute of Higher Education.

His research in Islamic financial economics has been widely published in indexed and peer-reviewed journals. Among them are Sage Open, Journal of Business Ethics, the Review of Islamic Economics; Journal of Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance; Asian Economies; IIUM Journal of Economics and Management; Gadjah Mada International Journal of Business; Asian Economic Review; Humanomics, International Journal of Social Economics; Savings and Development; Journal of Financial Services Marketing, Qualitative Research in Financial Markets, and Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research. The book is also published by top publishers such as Palgrave, Springer, UKM Press, and Cengage. Among his book titles are Zakat: Persyariatan, Perekonomian dan Perundangan; Money, Islamic Banks and Real Economy; Islamic Pawnbroking; Financial Inclusiveness of the Poor: Beyond Microfinance; Maqasid Al Shariah Based Index of Socio-Economic Development; Financial Inclusion and Poverty Alleviation: Perspective from Islamic Institutions and Instruments; Regulation and Supervision of Islamic Microfinance; Case Studies in Islamic Banking and Finance; and Macroprudential Regulation and Policy for the Islamic Financial Industry; Taxation and Zakat of Islamic Financial Instruments, and Waqf and Socio-Economic Development.

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