To provide and promote a platform for dialogue on an Islamic system of governance.


The Journal of Islamic Governance is an inter-disciplinary publication encompassing all aspects of scholarly inquiry into the processes of governing from an Islamic perspective through its core values of compassion, equity, justice and accountability.

These processes can be undertaken by a wide variety of human organisations, whether it be by governments or corporations. Economics of Governance fosters research at many levels of governance, including corporations, non-profit organisations, local and federal governments, and international organisations. Applications examined in the Journal include the internal organisation of firms, corporate governance, the private provision of public goods, local public policies, relations across levels of government, public expenditure and regulation, and problems of credibility and enforcement of international agreements. Interdisciplinary contributions come from economists, organisational scholars, and political scientists.

Moreover, the Journal features several approaches to help readers gain new insights and perspectives on current topics in the field, including formal theoretical analysis, systematic observation, simulation, and empirical studies.

The Journal is published online annually by the Institute of Policy Studies Universiti Brunei Darussalam and is intended to provide a robust intellectual arena that can contribute constructively to the betterment of human civilisation. All papers published by the Journal are open-access so as to encourage the free exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience among students, academics and professionals, and so broaden the disseminative reach and discussion of knowledge.


What is Islamic Governance?

Islamic Governance is the tauhīdic notions, juristic processes and rules, and Qur’anic values constructed within its own socio-political/cultural context gearing organisations to effectively protect and achieve its objects, i.e. the Maqāsid of the Shariah. Framed within a tauhīdic epistemology, Islamic Governance is derived from the Quran and the quintessential conceptual model of the lived experience of the Sunnah i.e. “The Madīnian Polity” – the polity in the city of Madīnah which developed around the guidance and personality of the Prophet Muhammadﷺ as epitome of the best Islamic Governance in history.

As an exciting and evolving transdisciplinary field of research, Islamic Governance is concerned with the functional relevance of Islam’s answers to better governance in contemporary times. An Islamic Governance conceptual framework focuses closely on the quality of human agency and action. Thus, to facilitate responsible actions which are, 1) compassionate, 2) equitable, and 3) just, human agency has to internalise and sustain, a) sidq – truth, b) amānah – trust, c) fatānah – wise, and d) tablīgh – convey.

An advanced academic programme by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Unviersiti Brunei Darussalam has already attracted a diverse range of local and international post-graduate students from Singapore to South Africa. This has set the stage for further research and the development of pragmatic solutions to governance challenges in Muslim contexts.

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The Journal of Islamic Governance is part of the Islamic Governance Initiative led by the Institute of Policy Studies in collaboration with the Institute for Leadership, Innovation, and Advancement and the Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

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