Doctorate in Business in the Muslim Countries
EENI - Business School.
Doctorate in International Business (DIB)
specialisation in the Islamic Countries (e-learning)
The objectives of the Doctorate in International Business (DIB)
specialisation Muslim Countries (3 years, 180 ECTS, distance learning) are to train Doctoral students to be able to research
on topics related to business in the Islamic economic area (Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe): intra-Islamic trade, Islamic
finance and economy, economy of the Muslim countries, regional integration of the Islamic countries, Islamic Civilisation, or the leading Islamic financial
Thus, a Doctoral student can apply creative solutions and make business decisions related to the Islamic economic area.
The Doctorate in Business in the Muslim Countries is part of the category of
Professional Doctorates in International Business (DIB), which have the dual aim of contributing to the knowledge and practice.
Structure of the Doctorate in International Business (DIB)
specialisation Muslim Countries
The Doctorate in Business in the Muslim Countries has three parts:
1- Coursework. Study of subjects (Training
activity) of the Doctorate in Business in the Muslim Countries: minimum 20 ECTS, maximum 60 ECTS
- Doctoral students receive training in relevant research methods and their subject areas core topics.
- Students are required to take a range of courses.
The Doctoral student must perform a training activity (training
complement) consisting of some subjects defined according to
their previous studies and the research area selected (related to the Islamic economic area). The Supervisor of the Doctorate in Business in the Muslim Countries determines the complementary training according to the field of investigation. Doctoral students can choose the subjects from those offered by EENI with a minimum of 20 ECTS (10 AC credits) and a maximum of 60 ECTS.
Applicants who have completed the Master in Business in the Muslim Countries of EENI shall be exempt from any complement training, beginning
the research phase directly.
Subjects offered by EENI (Global Business School).
EENI provides a range of subjects related to the Islamic economic area.
The Doctoral student can select the most suitable subjects depending on the thesis to be realised. The Doctoral student selects the subjects once formalised the enrolment.
To facilitate the selection of subjects, these are organised into several
Programme of the Doctorate in International Business (DIB)
specialisation Muslim Countries.
- Business. Businesspeople
- Islamic Economic Area
- Arab Economic Area. The Middle East
- Central Eurasian Economic Area
- Malay Economic Area (ASEAN)
- Islam in India
- Maghrebian Economic Area
- African Economic Area (West and East Africa)
- Islam in Europe
- Islamic Economic Institutions
- Islamic International Relations
- Economic Integration of the Islamic Civilisation
- Combating corruption in business in the Muslim Countries
Please, see below for more detailed information about available courses.
2- Research Work and Thesis Plan (40 ECTS) of the Doctorate in Business in the Muslim Countries.
With the support of the thesis supervisor (Director), the Doctoral
student must perform the appropriate research that will lead to the
realisation of his thesis plan of the Doctorate in Business in the Muslim
Countries. The Doctoral student must prepare and submit a thesis plan related to
the Islamic economic area, which, as a minimum, should include the provisional
title of the thesis, the objectives pursued, the methodology to be used and the means and schedule.
The Doctoral student must study the module “Research methodology”, which will introduce to the method of preparation of a thesis.
Examples of research topics related to the Islamic economic area
EENI highly appreciated that the results of the thesis could benefit the development of the African continent.
EENI highly appreciated the results of the thesis could benefit the development of the Muslim countries as well as build bridges for dialogue between
the Islamic Civilisation and other civilisations.
3- Thesis and Defence of the Thesis (120 ECTS) of the Doctorate in Business in the Muslim Countries.
Under the supervision of the Director of the thesis, the Doctoral student develops and presents the research results obtained. The Doctoral student can select their subject areas within the research parameters proposed by EENI, creating a thesis that it must be completely original and own, which will
be published on the EENI’s platform built for this purpose.
The Directorate may authorise the deposit of the thesis like a compendium of publications if the requirements established by the Directorate are fulfilled.
Video conference performs the defence of the thesis.
In the admission process, the Supervisor of the Doctorate will assign a
tutor to the Doctoral student, who will be the responsible for coordinating
the activity of the student in the Doctoral programme.
Furthermore, a thesis supervisor (Director) is assigned. The Director of the thesis will guide the student in planning the thesis, and he is the ultimately responsible for the consistency and novelty of the thesis.
The Director of the thesis could be selected by the student from the EENI’s team of doctors or freely by the student if he/she has a Doctoral degree.
The tutor and the Director can match. Co-direction of the thesis is also
Director of the Doctorate in International Business specialisation Muslim Countries
Najib Yahya Abdulalem Hassan
Director of Doctorates in International Business (DIB): Dr Margarita Carrillo López
EENI delivers to HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal a Master Honoris Causa.
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Languages of the Doctorate in Business in the Muslim Countries. All subjects offered are available in English; approximately 40% of the subjects are also available in French, Spanish, and/or Portuguese. Thus, the Doctoral student can perform
this doctorate entirely in English (or French, Spanish or Portuguese); students should have a sufficient level to study the subjects in these languages.
Duration of the training period: maximum of three calendar years since the formalisation of enrolment up to the deposit of the thesis. If, after the period of three calendar years the Doctoral student has not deposited the thesis, the Direction of the doctorate programme may authorise an extension of up
to two years.
- Tuition fees of the Doctorate in Business in the Muslim Countries: 5,220 Euros (all included)
- Scholarships. 40% reduction for students from Africa (and the African Diaspora) and Asia. Fees for these students: 3,123 Euros (1,044 Euros/year)
- Please request for scholarships for other regions (Europe, the Middle East, Latin America)
Download the syllabus of the Doctorate in Business in the Muslim Countries (PDF)
Admission Criteria. To be admitted to the Doctorate in Business in the Muslim Countries, students must have earned a master's degree or have a minimum of three years of work experience in relevant positions in the field of international business.
Graduate students in the Master in Business in the Muslim Countries of EENI can
enrol directly on the Doctorate in International Business specialisation Muslim
Countries validating all the subjects already studied on the master.
Doctoral Diploma. Students who pass the assessments and the thesis will receive the Diploma of Doctorate in International Business (DIB)
specialisation Muslim Countries issued by EENI.
The diploma of doctorate is awarded after assessing:
- The level of participation of the Doctoral student in the subjects of the Doctoral programme
- The research work
- The defence of the thesis
Once defended and overcome the thesis, Doctoral students will receive the diploma of “Doctorate in International Business (DIB) specialisation Muslim
issued by EENI.
Graduates and professionals who wish to continue their professional career in the field of international business with an emphasis on Islamic economic area.
Our continuous enrolment system allows students enrol at any time and study from anywhere in the world without any displacement.
Methodology: e-learning/Distance Learning.
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Knowledge area: Islam - Asia-Africa.
Markets analysed in the Doctorate in International Business specialisation Muslim Countries:
Islamic Economic Area
- The degree of economic interconnection between the countries of the Islamic economic space is slight, except for the Muslim
countries that belong to an integration block as the Gulf Cooperation
- The main institution is the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
- Trade Preferential System among the OIC Member States
- All Arab Countries belong to the Arab League.
- In general, economic relations with of the Muslim countries with other civilisations are poorly developed.
- Islamic Banking and finance (according to Sharia) are becoming increasingly important in the Islamic Countries.
The Islamic economic area represents a population of about 1,600
million Muslims (23% of humanity, 200 million in 1900)
- Between 75 and 90% of Muslims are Sunni,
and the rest are Shi'a.
- Asia (Central Asia, South-east Asia) represents 62% of the world's Muslim population and 25% of the Asian population (1,100
- In ASEAN, Islam represents 42% of the population (241
- All the countries of Central Asia have Muslim majorities.
- Iran is a “Shiite Muslim country”
- The four nations with the largest Muslim populations are Indonesia, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh
- In India; they are living near 172 million Muslims
- The Middle East: only 15% of the world's Muslim population is Arab
- Saudi Arabia is the leading regional economy and one of the “spiritual leaders” of Sunni Islam. Headquarters of the Islamic
Development Bank and the OIC are in Jiddah.
- Africa. Approximately, 422 million Africans (40% of the African population) are Muslims (Sunni majority)
- African countries with a Muslim population of over 90%: Algeria, Gambia, Guinea, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Western
Sahara, Senegal, Somalia, Tunisia, Djibouti.
- African countries with a Muslim population between 50% and 90%:
Burkina Faso, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Sudan
- Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy, has about 50% of Muslim population.
- About 300 million Muslims live in countries where Islam is not the largest religion: China, India, and Russia.
This doctorate only includes India (third Muslim population in the world).
- Europe. Islam is the second religion in Europe; about 44 million Muslims live in Europe (6% of the European people).
- European countries OIC members: Albania and Turkey.
- America. Guyana belongs to the OCI
Some 290 million people speak Arabic, the language of reference of the Ummah (Islamic Community), Arabic is the fifth language in the world.
- Arabic is an official language in Arabia, Algeria, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, UAE, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, and Tunisia.
- Arabic is also co-official in Chad, Comoros, Western
Sahara, Somalia, and Djibouti.
EENI's Muslims Students
Research areas of the Doctorate in International Business (DIB) specialisation Muslim Countries:
- The Doctoral student should select the most appropriate subjects for his thesis.
- The Doctoral student can use any possible combination of subjects
- Minimum ECTS to be selected is 20, and the maximum is 60.
- NOTE: Brackets show
Islam: pillars, Islamic economics, business, businesspeople, Arab Development Funds
Islam and business
- Five pillars of Islam
- Sunni and Shi'a Muslims
- Islamic Jurisprudence
- Islamic Economics and Banking
- Economic Impact of Zakat
- Introduction to Arabic
- The Ummah (Islamic Community) in the world
- Islam in the globalised economy
- Human Rights in Islam
- Negotiation in the Muslim Countries
- Muslim entrepreneurs
- Credits of the module “Islam”: 5 /2.5
Download the module syllabus: “Islam” (PDF)
Arab Development Funds
- Arab official development assistance
- Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)
- Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development
- Arab Monetary Fund
- Saudi Fund for Development
- Arab Trade Financing Programme
- OPEC Fund
- Abu Dhabi Fund for Development
- Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development
- Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organisations
- Credits of the module “Arab Development Funds”: 1 /0.5
- Download syllabus PDF
Islamic Economic Area
- Islam as a common factor of the Islamic Civilisation
- Economic Areas of the Islamic Civilisation
- Arab Economic Area 
- Central Eurasian Economic Area 
- Malay Economic Area
- Maghrebian Economic Area 
- African Economic Area
- West African Economic Area 
- Central African Economic Area 
- East African Economic Area 
- Economic Integration of the Islamic Civilisation
- Interactions of the Islamic Civilisation with other civilisations
- Credits: 9 /4.5
Economic organisations related to the Islamic Countries (5 ECTS)
- Arab League 
- Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) 
- Islamic Development Bank 
- Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) 
- Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Islamic Centre for the Development of Trade
- Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC)
- Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC)
- Trade Preferential System among the Member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (TPS-OIC)
- Credits: 5 /2.5
Download the syllabus of the subject: “Islamic Institutions” (PDF)
Free Trade Agreements (FTA)
related to the Muslim Countries:
- Agadir Agreement
Islamic International rRlations:
- Summit of South American-Arab Countries (ASPA) [0.5]
- Asia-Middle East Dialogue (AMED) [0.1]
- Africa-Asia Strategic Partnership [0.2]
- Colombo Plan [0.1]
- Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD)
- Boao Forum for Asia [0.1]
- Forum India-Africa [0.5]
- Africa-BRICS Countries [0.3]
- The Indian-Ocean Rim Association (IORA) [0.5]
- The European Union: Generalised System of Preferences, Euro-Mediterranean Partnership
- Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
The Middle East (24 ECTS)
- Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) [1.2]
- Bahrain 
- Kuwait 
- Oman 
- Qatar 
- Saudi Arabia :
Central State of the Islamic Civilisation?
- The United Arab
- Countries not members of the CCG
- Jordan 
- Lebanon 
- Syria [0.5]
- Yemen 
- Arab women and business: Shaikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Lubna Olayan, Amina Al Rustamani, Hayat Sindi, Haifa Al-Mansour, Reem Ebrahim Al-Hashimi, Tawakkol Karman, Ayah Bdeir, Shaikha Al Bahar, Randa Ayoubi, Shaikha Al Maskari, Hanan Al Kuwari, and Maha Al-Ghunaim
- Muslim Businessperson of the Middle East: HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Ali Al-Amoudi, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber, Sulaiman Al-Rajhi, Nasser Al Kharafi, Abdul Aziz Ghurair, Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo, Majid Al Futtaim, Mohammed Al-Barwani, and Jawad Ahmed Bukhamseen
Download the module syllabus “Doing Business in the Middle East” (PDF)
Asian Muslim Markets.
- The Ummah (Muslim Community) in Asia
- Asian Muslim Businesspeople: Muhammad Yunus, Sandiaga Salahudin
Uno, Mian Muhammad Mansha, Muhammad Abdul Mannan, Dewan Yousuf Farooqui, Salman Rahman, Tan Sri Mokhtar, Wipro Azim Premji, and Yusuf Hamied.
- Relationships of the Islamic Civilisation with Japanese, Hindu, Buddhist, and Sinic civilisation.
- Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) 
- Asian Development Bank 
- Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) (0.1 ECTS)
- Asian Clearing Union (ACU) [0.1]
- South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) [0.1]
- Initiative of the Bay of Bengal (BIMSTEC) [0.1]
- South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) (SASEC) [0.1]
- Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA)
- Bangladesh (149
million Muslims) 
- The Maldives [0.5]
Muslim countries of the ASEAN:
- Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) 
- Islam in ASEAN: 42% of the population of the ASEAN
- ASEAN Economic Community
- ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA)
- Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT)
- East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA)
- Brunei Darussalam 
- Indonesia : the country with the largest Muslim population in the world.
- Malaysia 
- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 
- Transpacific Strategic Agreement (TPP)
- Asia-Europe Economic Meeting (ASEM) [0.1 ECTS]
- Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) [0.1]
- Download the module syllabus: “Muslim countries of the ASEAn” (PDF)
- Iran : Muslim country
with a Shiite majority.
- Islamic Revolutionary Guard
- Uzbekistan 
- Pakistan 
- Kyrgyz Republic 
- Kazakhstan 
- Turkmenistan 
- Tajikistan 
- Turkey 
- Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) [0.1]
- Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) [0.4]
- Organisation for Economic Cooperation (OCE) [0.1]
- Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC) [0.5]
- Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States [0.1]
- Eurasian Economic Union [0.2]
- Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC)
- Download the module syllabus: “Central Asia” (PDF)
- India (14% of the Indian population is Muslim - 172 million
Muslims, the second religion in India and the third country in the world by the number of Muslims)
- Islam in India
- Hindu-Muslim Businesspeople: Azim Premji and Yusuf Khwaja Hamied
- Influence of Islam in Hindu civilisation
- Sikhism (syncretic religion between Islam and Hinduism)
- Note: EENI offers to students different subjects related to
India (26 ECTS).
Download the syllabus “India” (PDF)
- Islam in Africa
- African Muslim historians 
Key economic institutions in Africa:
- African Union (AU) 
- New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) [0.7]
- Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) 
- African Development Bank [1.3]
Download the syllabus “African institutions” (PDF)
Other African Organisations:
- Cooperation Africa-Arab Countries [0.2]
- Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)
- Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA) 
- Tripartite Agreement COMESA-EAC-SADC [0.1]
- African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) [0.5]
- Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) [0.1]
The Maghreb (9 ECTS)
- Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) [0.7]
- Algeria 
- Morocco 
- Tunisia 
- Mauritania [0.5]
- Libya [0.5]
- Maghrebian Ports
- Maghrebian Businesspeople: Ali Haddad, Othman Benjelloun, Anas Sefrioui, Aziz Akhannouch, Miloud Chaabi, and Mohamed Hassan Bensalah
Download the syllabus “the Maghreb” (PDF)
Muslim Countries of West Africa.
In West Africa, 50% of the population is Muslim.
- Islam in West Africa.
- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) 
- West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) 
- West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ)
- Niger Basin Authority [0.1]
- Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River [0.2]
- Mano River Union
- Burkina Faso 
- Gambia 
- Guinea 
- Guinea-Bissau [0.5]
- Mali 
- Nigeria : 50% of Muslim population, first African Economy.
- Niger 
- Senegal 
- Sierra Leone 
- Nigerian Muslim Businessperson: Alhaji Aliko Dangote (the richest African), Dr Amina Odidi, Tunde Folawiyo, Hajia Bola Shagaya, Adewale Tinubu, Dr Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi, Olufemi Otedola, and Abdulsamad Rabiu.
- West African ports [1.5]
- Download the syllabus “West Africa” (PDF)
Regional Integration in West Africa:
EENI in Burkina Faso
Muslim Countries of Central Africa
- Chad 
- Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) [0.5]
East African Muslim Countries.
- Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) 
- Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) [0.1]
- Initiative of the Nile Basin
- Comoros [0.5]
- Djibouti 
- Egypt 
- Eritrea [0.5]
- Somalia [0.5]
- Sudan 
- Kenya , Tanzania  and Mozambique  also
have significant Muslim populations.
- Businessperson in East Africa: Mohamed Ibrahim, Mohamed Mansour, Hassan Abdalla, Said Bakhresa, Tarek Talaat Moustafa, Reginald Mengi, Mohammed Hussein Ali Al-Amoudi, Minoush Abdel-Meguid, Ahmed Mekky, Osama Abdul Latif, Iman, and Naushad Merali
- East African ports
Download the syllabus “East Africa” (PDF)
Regional Integration in East Africa:
- Islam in Europe
- Azerbaijan .
Turkey  (Turkey-EU Customs Union)
- Regional Organisation for Democracy and Economic Development (GUAM) [0.2]
- Black Sea Economic Cooperation [0.2]
- Black Sea Synergy
- Economic Commission for Europe [0.2]
Fight against corruption in business in the Muslim Countries (4 ECTS).
Download the module syllabus “Not to Corruption” (PDF)
The main markets analysed on the Doctorate in Business in the Muslim Countries: Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Brunei
Darussalam, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, Azerbaijan, and Turkey.
The main institutions related to the Islamic Countries analysed on the Doctorate in Business in the Muslim Countries:
the League of Arab States, the Economic Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the Islamic Development Bank, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa, the Economic Community of West African States, the Arab Maghreb Union, the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, the Black Sea
Synergy, the Association of South-East Asian Nations ASEAN, the Asian Clearing Union, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Economic Cooperation Organisation, the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEc), and the Asia Economic Commission.
Samples of the Doctorate in International Business specialisation Muslim Countries: