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What Brexit means for Islamic Finance

What Brexit means for Islamic Finance
Now that the markets have had a few days to react to the news of the UK referendum, perhaps we can take stock of what the future might hold for Islamic finance in Europe. It’s still way too ea...
Harris Irfan | July 02, 2016

Why Brexit (Probably) Won't Happen

Why Brexit (Probably) Won't Happen
 Summary: the nature of western representative democracy and vested interests makes Brexit highly unlikely. The only way it is likely is if markets stage a large recovery.The last few days ha...
Emad Mostaque | June 28, 2016

Ramadan Reflections 1437

Ramadan Reflections 1437
Taking stock of our spiritual health is the first part of Ramadan. So much drains away from us during the year. After some time it seems that we only have dunya on our minds. The balance of akhira i...
Abdulkader Thomas | June 25, 2016

The Origins of "EPL Theory"

The Origins of "EPL Theory"
Ramadan Kareem!This month I thought I would reflect on something that I have used for well over a decade. The phrase Education, Perception and Liquidity (EPL) is one that I have used since 2005 an...
Daud Vicary | June 18, 2016

Dynamics of Rural Growth in Bangladesh

Dynamics of Rural Growth in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is booming. In a decade of global economic gloom, the country has seen poverty fall by one-third and economic growth of almost 6 percent, per year, with the agriculture sector leading the...
IB Insights | June 11, 2016

Kuala Lumpur Declaration and Maqasid Al Shari'ah - Déjà vu?

Kuala Lumpur Declaration and Maqasid Al Shari'ah - Déjà vu?
A very warm welcome back to the second edition of my blog. I was torn between the above title and an alternative of “Back to the future”, but decided to show off my modest grasp of the F...
Daud Vicary | May 25, 2016

Shari'ah Ratings on Islamic Financial Products

Shari'ah Ratings on Islamic Financial Products
 What is Shari'ah rating:Shari'ah rating is a process the purpose of which is to provide the public with an independent appraisal that assesses the commitment of the management of a financial...
Mohamed Elgari | May 16, 2016

Riba (Interest) in Islam and Other Major Religions

Riba (Interest) in Islam and Other Major Religions
Defining RibaThe Holy Qur'an did not give any definition for the term for the simple reason that it was well known to its immediate audience. It is like the prohibition of pork, liquor, gambling,...
Mohammad Nahid Imam | May 02, 2016

STARS: A Framework for Islamic Finance Development

STARS: A Framework for Islamic Finance Development
I have been active in the field of Islamic Finance for a number of years now and during that time have been asked many questions. The most frequent question has been “Do I have to be a Musli...
Daud Vicary | April 20, 2016

The Diary of a Shariah Scholar

The Diary of a Shariah Scholar
Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from the book “Shariah Minds in Islamic Finance” by Datuk Dr Mohd Daud Bakar. The recently launched book provides a unique and powerful insight in...
Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar | April 14, 2016