Rethinking the Structure of Islamic Economics Science: The Universal Man Imperative


  • Mohd Mahyudi International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Enizahura Abdul Aziz Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia


The end of value-free economics presents a positive outlook for Islamic economics. Nonetheless, progress is only viable when this discipline has a solid scientific structure. Thus, this paper aims at highlighting the economic man imperative in projecting Islamic economics as a normal science. This paper first explores Islamic economics’ current state of readiness to fulfill its promising future. Unfortunately, the authoritative view is that Islamic economics is not in proper order. Consequently, Arif’s (1985a and 1985b) Islamic economics scientific structure is utilized to locate that stage which requires serious improvement. At the basis of micro-foundation stage, the economic man imperative emerges out of this identification exercise. Thus, the most important implication here is the replacement of homo Islamicus with the concept of ‘universal man’ which proffers several significant advantages. Apart from the other stages in the structure, this ‘universal man’ needs immediate refinement to strengthen the edifice of Islamic economics science.

Author Biography

Mohd Mahyudi, International Islamic University Malaysia

Assistant Professor,

Department of Economics,

Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences


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How to Cite

Mahyudi, M., & Abdul Aziz, E. (2017). Rethinking the Structure of Islamic Economics Science: The Universal Man Imperative. International Journal of Economics, Management and Accounting, 25(2), 227–251. Retrieved from