About Us


The Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV), was founded in 1995 at the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. As a research and educational centre, ISDEV gathers its academic members from various disciplines and schools within the University. It aims at pioneering a move to bring the field of Islamic development management beyond the confines of development and management boundaries per se. It adopts a trans-disciplinary approach to development and management, integrating social, economic and political tools of analysis to  understand development management in an integrative and holistic manner based on Islamic doctrines.

Established as the second university in the country in 1969, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) was first known as the University of Penang, before the University’s Act came into effect on 4th October 1971.

The university has been developing and expanding since its inception, which started with the enrolment of 57 science based students. Now, USM offers courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels to approximately 20,000 students. USM has also become a well-known university locally and internationally.

USM was founded after an agreement made on a resolution approved by the Penang State Legislative Council in 1962, which suggested that a university college be established in the state. An area in Sungai Ara was identified and later the foundation stone was placed by the then Prime Minister, Y.T.M Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj on the 7th of August 1967.

In 1969, the University of Penang was established in response to the need for a larger campus with a more conducive environment, appropriate to the needs of the future of the country.

In April 1969, Professor Hamzah Sendut was elected the Vice-Chancellor. Two months later, a group of 57 students was accepted to begin their studies. Since the area of Sungai Ara could not be developed as fast as required, the group was placed at the Malayan Teachers’ Training College at Bukit Gelugor on loan from the Education Ministry. In 1971, the campus, which was originally planned to be situated in Sungai Ara, moved to its present site, Minden, a beautiful location with an area measuring 500 acres. The green and hilly scenery facing the sea is truly captivating.

Since its beginning, USM has implemented a school system, as opposed to the traditional faculty system. What is unique about this system is that each school could fulfil the needs of a more focused degree in the chosen area of study and at the same time, students could have the opportunity to explore other areas of study offered by another school. The interdisciplinary approach ensures that USM, the first in the country to adopt this system, would produce trained, multi-skilled graduates.


Mufti Section was established on 1 July 1959 and been under placed Penang Islamic Religious Department. The Malaysian Administrative Modernization and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) with several other agencies have submitted recommendations about Fatwa Department through the study of restructuring the State Islamic Council / Department in 1984. As a conclusion of that the proposal Mufti Department or Fatwa matter must be separate from the Islamic Religious Department and given the appropriate role. So on 1 January 1997, the Penang State Mufti Office was established and now known as Penang State Mufti Department.

Committed in making Penang State Mufti Department as a competent institution and upholding Islamic affairs 

Propel excellence in management of advisory affairs, fatwa, astronomy, information technology and human resource in the Penang State Mufti Department

Professional and knowledgeable


Mufti of Kedah established under Section 35 of the Law of Administration of Islamic Law Number 9 of 1962. Pursuant to Warrant No. 3/1998 of reference; PSU (K) 401/1406 Vol.3 / (40) dated 15 Muharram 1419 May 12, 1998 at the same time, approval for the creation of new posts and changes in salary scales / emoluments granted in accordance with Article 112 of the Federal Constitution.

Starting on January 1, 2000 the administration of the department is fully separated from the Department of Islamic Affairs Kedah (below mean Shopping B 46) but still refers to the Law of the Administration of the Religion of Islam Number 9 of 1962 so that the amendments made on 3 August 2000 in which the office of Mufti must be gazetted in the government gazette of the word 'chairman of the fatwa Committee' to 'Mufti' Grade S1 (Open). Therefore, on 1 September 2000 Legal Administration of Muslim No. 9/1962, Section 35 (Amendment), replacing the title "Chairman of the Fatwa Committee 'to' Mufti '. Title 'Mufti' was used in 2000 until now.

The main function of this department is the agency that coordinates and develops robust fatwa based on the Quran and the Sunnah, consensus and analogy stick to Aqidah Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah. In addition, the agency also plays a role religion resolve concerns raised in the community, especially in Kedah besides some other tasks such as managing the direction and production of Authorisation Certificate Kedah Islamic Religious Teaching.


Empowering Excellence Mufti Institution management through efficient and effective


Being Committed Fatwa Institution which is competent in Upholding Islam