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Islamic Finance in France

Islamic Finance in France
Take-off delayed: Despite favourable demographics, France lags behind its European neighbours in the development of the Islamic finance industry. Photograph: Shutterstock.  With approxi...
Ezzedine Ghlamallah | November 30, 2014

Waqf & Its Implications for the Modern Economy (Part 1)

In this series of articles on, renowned economist Murat Çizakça explores Waqf - one of the greatest institutions in Islamic history and how it can be revitalised....
Murat Cizakca | November 01, 2014

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