(NOT) A TWIN BROTHER

I met him last year in Durham Islamic Finance Summer School. Now he is one of my friends who has inspired me with what he believes and does.

As a non muslim who lives in China where Islamic financial realm is still infant, choosing Islamic finance for a higher degree of study and bringing an Islamic idealism is naive for me if not a destiny or hidayah. After his struggle, last year he graduated from Bangor University who offers one of the best Islamic Finance program in the UK.

His quest was not stopped at that point. It was not about getting a degree and back to conventional finance job. He went to Bahrain to continue his quest to know closer what Islamic finance is. Unfortunately, it was not fun as he expected. However, his dissappointment did not stop his step. He went to Indonesia to find a way to get his Phd in Islamic finance via contacting one of our professor. He is still working on it now, to embrace whatever adventure Islamic finance offers for him

By the way, he chose this quest with consequnce to lose the opportunity to inherit his parent company. Whatever it is, Allah knows the best. And he is not my twin brother 

Advertisements

Is Islam an Impediment for Development in Muslim Countries?

Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder (Toynbee, 1957)

dav

The history has witnessed the glorifying period of Muslim civilizations for millennium. However, that was just a myth now since Muslim countries are plagued by a lot of problems such as illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, health issues, freedom, and many other things so that they can be categorized as the developing or underdeveloped countries. Therefore, some orientalists argue that Islam with its characteristic is the essence impediment for development. However, this essay will argue that Islam is not the true hindrance for development but the violation and the disembeddedness of Islamic world-view in everydayness. In doing so, this essay will first define development prior to provide a discourse on the decline of Muslim civilizations.

Continue reading

7 alasan kenapa studi Islamic Finance di Durham

Judul ini saya angkat setelah ada teman yang menanyakan hal ini pekan lalu sekaligus pertanyaan teman-teman yang lain yang menanyakan hal yang sama tapi belum saya jawab. Sebelum membahas lebih jauh mengenai hal ini, saya ingin sampaikan bahwa apapun alasan yang saya jelaskan berikut ini adalah murni alasan pribadi saya yang belum tentu sama dengan alasan mahasiswa lainnya. Jadi gak perlu setuju atau silakan setuju sesuai preferensi masing-masing. Kenapa sih mesti bilang gitu? Karena tulisan ini dibuat di tengah hiruk pikuk Pilkada DKI atau perdebatan macam-macam lainnya yang menurut saya banyak sia-sianya dan cenderung muncul karena kita gak siap berbeda, jadi monggo berbeda pendapat dan mari saling menghormati. Hehehehe, pembukaan yang cukup serius ya :p  Jadi kenapa saya memilih studi Islamic Finance & Management di Durham University yang ada di Inggris bukan di tanah air saja atau justru di negara-negara Timur Tengah yang notabene lebih kuat nilai-nilai Islamnya?

    Continue reading

Durham Story Begins

Beberapa waktu lalu saya pernah posting di instagram dan facebook sebuah kertas yang isinya adalah coret-coretan yang saya buat untuk memotivasi saya mewujudkan salah satu mimpi saya untuk bersekolah di luar negeri. Posting itu memperoleh amat banyak tanggapan dan komentar untuk ukuran wall facebook saya. Ternyata tak sampai di sana saja, setelah itu ada beberapa teman, adik kelas, senior, teman yang japri saya untuk menanyakan bagaimana cara memperoleh beasiswa dan berkuliah di Durham University.
Continue reading