Developing The Islamic Scale Of Wisdom: Academic Version (IWS-AV)


  • Fani Eka Nurtjahjo Universitas Islam Indonesia
  • Ahmad Rusdi Universitas Islam Indonesia


wisdom, Islamic, scale development, positive psychology, academic


The strength of wisdom has been widely studied (Baltes & Kunzmann, 2003; Bergsma & Ardelt, 2012; Peterson & Seligman, 2004), but its understanding may differ in the Islamic religion. In fact, the concept of wisdom in Muslim communities has been widely studied in the Middle East (al-diabi, 2017; al-Silāmī, 2018; al-’Utaibī, 2017; Khaleel, 2015; Mūsā & Ḥalīm, 2014) and where the present study is based, Indonesia (Wicaksono & Meiyanto, 2003). Hence, to further deepen an understanding of this strength from an Islamic perspective, this study aimed to build an Islamic Scale of Wisdom - Academic version (IWS-AV) based on the theory of Ibn Miskawaiḥ (2011). A total of 349 Muslim students in Yogyakarta participated. Using factor analysis, our study revealed six components of IWS-AV; namely, comprehension, control, problem solving, scholastic, fast reasoning, and stability. The IWS-AV correlated with the Three Dimensional Wisdom Scale-12, Academic Dishonesty Scale, Meaning in Life Questionnaire, and Islamic Religiosity - Ethical Conduct Subscale, and showed good construct validity. The IWS-AV can be used, developed, and improved across future research in Muslim communities in both Indonesia and the Middle East.

Author Biographies

Fani Eka Nurtjahjo, Universitas Islam Indonesia

Fani Eka Nurtjahjo, S. Psi., M. Psi., Psikolog has Master Degree of Psychology from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and currently as a lecturer in Universitas Islam Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She focuses on Educational Psychology and Positive Psychology.

Ahmad Rusdi, Universitas Islam Indonesia

Dr. Ahmad Rusdi, M. A. Si has Doctoral degree from Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta, Indonesia, and currently as a lecturer at Universitas Islam Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He focuses on Islamic psychological scales.


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How to Cite

Nurtjahjo, F. E., & Rusdi, A. (2018). Developing The Islamic Scale Of Wisdom: Academic Version (IWS-AV). Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 4, 12–24. Retrieved from