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Poverty and Economic Growth: Does Pro-Growth mean Pro-Poor?

Poverty can grind down countries and people. Almost 15 years on from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the debate rages on, with causes and remedies still surrounded by contention. The question...
IB Insights | October 03, 2014 |

“Africa rising”: Sukuk appetite spreads

A new frontier seems to be opening for the global sukuk market. With conventional investors appetite for African bonds waning, governments in the region are looking at the Sukuk market to diversify...
IB Insights | September 01, 2014 |

Intra-OIC Trade - The Lost Decades

Intra-OIC Trade - The Lost Decades
It is not easy to find economists that agree on something. But international trade seems to be the exception: free trade is better than protection. Or in the words of Adam Smith: “if protection...
IB Insights | June 19, 2014 |

Islamic Finance in the US: Slowly but Surely

The US houses one of the World’s most developed economies, yet the country is seemingly lingering behind when it comes to comprehensively participating in the Islamic financial industry. Ther...
Fatimah S. Baeshen | May 09, 2014 |

Money creation and the misconceptions

Where does money come from? During the 19th Century the answer to this question was relatively simple: money was backed by gold, so the amount of money that the Treasury would print or mint was limite...
Shakeeb Saqlain | March 23, 2014 |

Reputational Risk and Corporate Governance

Though more is being written about reputational risk there is still surprisingly little that is research/evidence-based. Too often what appears is more polemic than perspective and lacks sufficient co...
IB Insights | December 19, 2013 |

Designing a Game-Changing Islamic Brand

Muslims know a thing or two about branding, after all they already own some of the world’s most well known brands. To Muslims, the brand ‘Islam’ represents a way of life; the ‘ummah’ is a transnationa...
IB Insights | December 10, 2013 |

Internationalising Islamic Finance: Prospects & Challenges

Not long ago, the Islamic finance industry was seen as a niche market, catering only for a specialised segment within the global banking industry. However, the credit crisis of 2007-08 and the more re...
Shakeeb Saqlain | November 26, 2013 |

Shariah Governance

Islamic Finance is very much now international in scope and depth. Increasingly this internationalisation is demanding that institutions have the framework for a Shariah compliant process in a much mo...
IB Insights | November 18, 2013 |

Islam, Women and Empowerment

Islam gives credence to women, certifying towards them respect, honour, dignity and equality. In the centuries prior to Islam, women were illtreated, looked upon as commodities and were given very lit...
IB Insights | October 08, 2013 |