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Understanding Islamic accounting: a Quranic approach

Achmad Zaky (Department of Accounting, Faculty of Economics and Business, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Department of Accounting, Faculty of Economics and Business, Brawijaya University, Malang, Indonesia)
Sony Warsono (Department of Accounting, Faculty of Economics and Business, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research

ISSN: 1759-0817

Article publication date: 1 December 2022




This study aims to identify the effect of the Quranic approach on understanding Islamic accounting among accounting students.


This study used an experimental field design with pre- and post-test involving 107 participants. Based on the self-determination theory, this study explores the role of Quranic involvement in Islamic accounting instructional design to improve learning outcomes. This study used a comparative analysis of an independent sample of the approach (Quranic vs technical learning) in instructional design (mathematics vs conventional).


This study proves that Islamic accounting learning outcomes differ between the Quranic and technical learning approaches. The Quranic approach provides better learning outcomes based on post-test scores. This difference is consistent in both conventional and mathematical instructional designs.

Research limitations/implications

First, this study is limited to the alleged role of the Quranic approach in participants' intrinsic motivation. Further studies can explore how and what part of participants' intrinsic motivation is affected by the Quranic approach. Second, this research is limited to the basics of Islamic accounting. Further studies can explore the role of the Quranic approach in understanding Islamic accounting transactions with higher complexity.

Practical implications

This study can be used to develop Islamic accounting instructional designs using a Quranic approach.


This study provides empirical evidence on the Quranic approach's role in improving learning outcomes. This study also fills in the scarcity of research on Islamic accounting teaching.



The authors thank Prof Mahfud Sholihin and Zuni Barokah, PhD (UGM), Narulita Rahmi Azriani, Muhammad and Dian Syariati (UM), Ubaidillah (Ubico), Arfah Habib Saragih (UI) and Evi Rahman Utami (UMY) for suggestions in preparing this article. The authors also thank Brawijaya University’s Accounting Department colleagues: Dr Rosidi, Rizky Aditya Nugraha, Laila L.H., Kristin Rosalina, and all members of the Islamic Financial Accounting class who were involved in this research.


Zaky, A. and Warsono, S. (2022), "Understanding Islamic accounting: a Quranic approach", Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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