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The perceptions and practices of the integration of knowledge amongst the academics of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

Hussien, Suhailah and Mamat, Arifin and Abdallah, Siraje, S. (2018) The perceptions and practices of the integration of knowledge amongst the academics of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Al-Shajarah: Journal of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), Special Issue: Education 2018. pp. 117-130. ISSN 1394-6870

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International Islamic University of Malaysia`s (IIUM) vision and mission is its commitment to the integration of values with the modern fields of knowledge. Today, Islamization and integration have emerged as niche areas of the IIUM. There are various phases and orientations of the implementation of Islamization of knowledge (IOK) at the IIUM. The study is important as it helps IIUM to identify and monitor the areas of specialization that need to be improved with regards to the Islamic values integration. Thus, the aim of the paper is to investigate the perceptions and practices of IIUM academics in their efforts to do IOK. The study is exploratory in nature and involves focus group discussion (FGD) with six kulliyyahs namely Kulliyyah of Engineering, ICT, Laws (AIKOL), Economics (ENM), IRKHS, and Science. Each FGD lasted between one to two hours, and involved about five to six lecturers from each Kulliyyah. Two broad themes were generated from the data, which are perceptions and practices of IOK. The general findings of the study reveal that IIUM academics perceive and practice IOK differently according to their background and various specializations. IIUM academics generally perceive IOK as an important endeavor though challenging, yet differ in their views of its success. Meanwhile, the practices of IOK involve content, teaching and learning, materials, research and publication, assessment, and students. IIUM academics face many challenges in implementing IOK such as lack of resources, lack of academics involvement in IOK activities, and lack of Islamic knowledge to integrate technical, scientific and conventional knowledge. The study suggests that with proper and continuous support from the University, IOK could be implemented more effectively.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2571/69692
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamization, Integration, Curriculum
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education
Depositing User: Dr Suhailah Hussien
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2019 21:49
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2019 14:52
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/69692

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