Dr Alija Avdukic

Head of the Islamic Finance Department


BA (Honours)
MA (University of Gloucestershire)
Ph.D. (Durham University)


Alija Avdukic holds a PhD in Islamic Economics and Finance (2016) from Durham University. He also completed his MA in Islamic Banking, Finance and Management (2010) from Gloucestershire University. He became an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy in (2015). Before that, he also completed his BA (2003) and PGDip (2007) from Al-Azhar University, Cairo.

Before joining Markfield Institute of Higher education and while studying for his PhD, he worked at Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education as a teaching fellow in Islamic Economics and Finance. He taught Applied Islamic Banking and Insurance, Islamic Economics and Finance and Islamic Commercial Law and Research Methodology for students undertaking the professional diploma in Islamic Economics and Finance at SCQF11 level –(postgraduate level and approved by the Scottish Higher Education Authority). He is a Visiting Lecturer at School of Economics, Sarajevo University, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education in Scotland.

Over the years, Alija has presented at a number of conferences and much of his work focused on Islamic moral/political economy, heterodox economics, public choice and welfare function, empirical research in Islamic banking and finance, microfinance and recently he developed interest in sustainable development and civil society related topics. Alija teaches and supervises research on Islamic political economy; Islamic moral economy; Islamic banking, finance; political economy of development in the Muslim world and Islamic studies related subjects. 

Alija is the course leader for two MA programmes: Islamic Banking, Finance and Management and Islam and Sustainable Development (subject to approval).