The 10th ISDEV International Islamic Development Management Conference(IDMAC 2016)

The Management and Application of Falak Syar'ie in Contemporary Hijri Calendar

Organised by:

Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV) 
Universiti Sains Malaysia 

With the cooperation of:

Penang State Mufti Office
Kedah State Mufti Office


The 10th ISDEV International Development Management Conference is the tenth of a series of initiative to encourage related research in Islamic social sciences perspective, this time in the area of Falak Syar’ie (Islamic Astronomy). This conference is a continuation of the 9th ISDEV International Development Management Conference with the theme: Islamic Asset Management which was held at Universiti Sains Malaysia on 8th –9th  December 2015.

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 Falak Syar’ie
  • To present the latest research findings related to all issues Falak Syar’ie, domestically and internationally, that relate to the issues, challenges, prospects, transformation of Falak Syar’ie into a more effective and dynamic field of study and as well as a more vibrant industry;
  • To explore new ideas and issues on Falak Syar’ie especially those that could contribute towards the knowledge about Islamic Astronomy that is able to lead to the maximisation of benefits for the ummah


There are two terms of Falak being used which is Falak and Falak Syar’ieFalak literally means and widely known as Astronomy while Falak Syar’ie can be defined as Islamic Astronomy. Unfortunately, there were some confusion and misunderstanding about the term of Falak Syar‘ie. Some said that Falak Syar‘ie is only focusing on everything which relates to Ibadah among the Muslims.The narrowing scope of Falak Syar‘ie can be seen as it is only being used to determine prayer timing, establishing taqwim/calendar and Qibla’ direction. In reality the current research on Falak Syar‘ie has been done from different thought and perspectives among the academician, and astronomy practitioners such as Islamic Jurisprudence, astronomy, physic, social sciences, and ethnography.

Today, different perspectives have been carried by different academicians, and astronomy practitioners which related to the area of Falak Syar‘ie. Among the Falak Syar‘ie they were emphasizing the research and studies on astronomy in the view of Shariah or Fiqh which is different from the astronomy whereby they are more focusing in terms of theory or practicality in the view of Science.

This conference attempts to seek the answers to these problems, as well as to create the integration between the Islamic Scholars and Astronomy Scholars on the knowledge of Falak Syar‘ie, from the current level to a more highly productive level.

Through this conference it is hoped to be able to blend new, innovative and practical minds, unlike the common stereotype, reiterative and rhetorical ones. Thus, quality papers and discussions expected from this conference will be successfully produced. 

Suggested Sub-themes (relating to Falak Syar‘ie)

  1. Issues in Determining Arriving Months of Ramadhan, Shawwal, and Dzulka‘edah
  2. Prayer Time
  3. Taqwim/Calendar
  4. Qibla’
  5. Astrofiqh and Cosmofiqh
  6. Shariah/Mazhab
  7. Technology, Instrumentation, and Software Development
  8. History, Heritage, and Manuscripts
  9. Education
  10. Observation and Observatories
  11. Falak Syar‘ie in Minority Muslim Countries
  12. The Management of Falak Syar‘ie
  13. Ethno-astronomy
  14. Astrophysics
  15. Other related sub-themes


Those who are interested in the area of Falak Syar‘ie namely researchers, academicians, practitioners, government officers or postgraduate students.


Submission of Abstract                     :   27th May 2016
Notification of Abstract Acceptance    :   3rd June 2016
Submission of Full Paper                   :   24th June 2016
Submission of Registration Fee          :   24th June 2016
Release of Conference Programs        :   1st July 2016


Lecture Hall A, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia


English or Arab or Malay


1. Paper submitted to the workshop must be original and have not been submitted, presented or published in any other academic meetings and publications.

2. Abstract and full paper must be sent via e-mail. Acceptance of the paper will also be sent via the same.

3. The length of the full paper must not exceed 15 single space pages, excluding tables and figures. The typeface used should be Times New Roman font 12 pt (APA format) with 1 inch margins on the left and right of the page.

4. The title page must clearly indicates:
  • Title of the paper
  • Name of the author(s)
  • Research Field
  • Department(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Mailing address
  • E-Mail address
  • Phone numbers
  • Fax number

5. Outstanding papers will be considered for publication in the form of unedited book to be published prior to the conference. Early submission of papers is necessary for the consideration and publication.


For reservation and information, please arrange directly with the recommended hotels listed below:

USM Guest House
(within campus)
RM110 (Standard Superior)
RM230 (Family Suite)
RECSAM Guest House
(10 minutes driving)
RM88  (Superior)
RM94 (Deluxe)
RM110 (Junior Suite)
RM 143 (VIP)
Equatorial Hotel
(15 minutes driving)
RM216/USD50 (SingleSuperior)
RM272/USD76 (TwinSuperior)
RM246/USD69 (Single Deluxe)
RM302/USD84 (Twin Deluxe)
RM281/USD79 (Single Executive)
RM337/USD94 (Twin Executive)
Vistana Hotel
(10 minutes driving)
Anggerik Villa
(5 minutes driving)
RM45 (Standard - Single Bed)
RM50 (Standard - Double Bed)
RM65 (Standard - Queen Bed)
RM80 (Standard - 2 Single Bed)
RM85 (Standard - 2 Double Bed + 1 single bed)
RM160 (Twin sharing)
Alora Hotel Penang
(15 minutes driving)
RM180 (Standard)
RM210 (Deluxe)
RM192 (Family)
Krystal Suite
(15 minutes driving)
RM250/USD70 (1 Bedroom Suite)
RM350/USD98 (2 Bedroom Suite)

     Note: All rates are subject to change