An Explanation of Corruption Cases in Indonesia from Al-Ghazali’s Psychological Construct of Nafsu

  • Rahma Ayuningtyas Fachrunisa Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Lu'luatul Chizanah Universitas Gadjah Mada
Keywords: corruption, immoral, nafsu, the psychological construct of nafsu


The previous study of the psychological construct of nafsu by Fachrunisa and Chizanah (2020) had some empirical limitations, since it only focused on the theoretical field, without empirically-supported evidence. The current study aimed to find out the supporting empirical data by conducting research to figure out the psychological dynamics of corruption conducts by using case study method. This study involved three inmates of Lembaga Pemasyarakatan (Rehabilitation Centre) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia who were previously involved in corruption. The results were analysed to find out the congruence of the psychological construct of nafsu with the empirical evidence. This study showed that Al-Ghazali’s psychological construct of nafsu could be used to explain the psychological dynamics of immoral behaviour, especially in corruption.


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