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"Haste Ye Back": IF and ESG in EDI

Edinburgh, Scotland: The location for the Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF), this week. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Sporting a no-nonsense air of authority and a bristling moustache, the master of ceremonies looks like the kind of man you’d want on your side in a fight.  His life journey is etched on his face and his stance and assured bearing clearly mark him out as ex-military.  Under the magnificent timbers of the Great Hall he steps onto the dais, draws himself up to his full height, bangs the lectern and intones in a booming Scottish brogue, "HUMZA YUNUS, MSP"...

Harris Irfan | September 04, 2015

"Haste Ye Back": IF and ESG in EDI

"Haste Ye Back": IF and ESG in EDI

Edinburgh, Scotland: The location for the Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF), this week. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Sporting a no-nonsense air of authority and a bristling moustache, the master of ceremonies looks like the kind of man you’d want on your side in a fight.  His life journey is etched on his face and his stance and assured bearing clearly mark him out as ex-military.  Under the magnificent timbers of the Great Hall he steps onto the dais, draws himself up to his full height, bangs the lectern and intones in a booming Scottish brogue, "HUMZA YUNUS, MSP"...

Harris Irfan | September 04, 2015

Islamic Gold Dinar - Myth and Reality

Islamic gold dinar: exploring the myths and reality.   There has been an increasing amount of publications, conferences, even a campaign, about the re-introduction of the Islamic gold dinar. The proponents of this idea, known as the denarists, particularly active in Malaysia, advocate that this country as well as the whole Islamic world “urgently” return to the Islamic gold dinar (Meera, 2002, pp.88-89). They argue that if this return is achieved, nearly all the ills of modern economies such as rampant inflation, credit crunches, stagnation, unemployment etc., which the...

Murat Cizakca | September 02, 2015

Islamic Gold Dinar - Myth and Reality

Islamic Gold Dinar - Myth and Reality

Islamic gold dinar: exploring the myths and reality.   There has been an increasing amount of publications, conferences, even a campaign, about the re-introduction of the Islamic gold dinar. The proponents of this idea, known as the denarists, particularly active in Malaysia, advocate that this country as well as the whole Islamic world “urgently” return to the Islamic gold dinar (Meera, 2002, pp.88-89). They argue that if this return is achieved, nearly all the ills of modern economies such as rampant inflation, credit crunches, stagnation, unemployment etc., which the...

Murat Cizakca | September 02, 2015

Liquidity management in the Islamic finance industry

Sharjah: Giving a boost to the Islamic finance industry. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.  Liquidity is a financial institution’s capacity to readily meet its cash and collateral obligations at a reasonable cost. When it comes to managing their liquidity, conventional credit institutions have at their disposal well-developed interbank markets that can be tapped for short-term funding, as well as a plethora of instruments.Islamic financial institutions (IFIs) face great difficulties in managing their liquidity. The dearth of financial instruments at the disposal of IFIs makes for...

Mujtaba Khalid | August 02, 2015

Liquidity management in the Islamic finance industry

Liquidity management in the Islamic finance industry

Sharjah: Giving a boost to the Islamic finance industry. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.  Liquidity is a financial institution’s capacity to readily meet its cash and collateral obligations at a reasonable cost. When it comes to managing their liquidity, conventional credit institutions have at their disposal well-developed interbank markets that can be tapped for short-term funding, as well as a plethora of instruments.Islamic financial institutions (IFIs) face great difficulties in managing their liquidity. The dearth of financial instruments at the disposal of IFIs makes for...

Mujtaba Khalid | August 02, 2015

Reasons for Fiscal Problems in Muslim Countries

While the reasons that led Muslim countries into fiscal problems may vary from one country to another, there are several factors which appear to be common to many countries. Some of the major reasons are the following:1. Big government philosophy Historically the problems started m early 1940s. Previously the only rationale for the involvement of public finance authorities in the production of goods and services had been the provision of public goods such as defense, law and order, justice, etc. These goods and services have certain technical characteristics (indivisibility, jointness...

Prof. Dr. Munawar Iqbal | July 06, 2015

Reasons for Fiscal Problems in Muslim Countries

Reasons for Fiscal Problems in Muslim Countries

While the reasons that led Muslim countries into fiscal problems may vary from one country to another, there are several factors which appear to be common to many countries. Some of the major reasons are the following:1. Big government philosophy Historically the problems started m early 1940s. Previously the only rationale for the involvement of public finance authorities in the production of goods and services had been the provision of public goods such as defense, law and order, justice, etc. These goods and services have certain technical characteristics (indivisibility, jointness...

Prof. Dr. Munawar Iqbal | July 06, 2015

Islamic Finance: A Shockwave in the Making

Behavioral preference for “big and bling” across swaths of the Muslim world may constrain capital-structure options for small- and medium-sized businesses. Shown here is Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. The Shockwave 5 was one of the world’s most expensive racing yachts, with a crew considered among the best anywhere. Yet during a routine competition off southern Australia in 2009, the 24-meter boat sailed headlong into a rocky ledge at Flinders Islet. An inquiry observed that the principal helmsman showed “no concern about the navigation situation” prior to the f...

Douglas Johnson | June 09, 2015

Islamic Finance: A Shockwave in the Making

Islamic Finance: A Shockwave in the Making

Behavioral preference for “big and bling” across swaths of the Muslim world may constrain capital-structure options for small- and medium-sized businesses. Shown here is Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. The Shockwave 5 was one of the world’s most expensive racing yachts, with a crew considered among the best anywhere. Yet during a routine competition off southern Australia in 2009, the 24-meter boat sailed headlong into a rocky ledge at Flinders Islet. An inquiry observed that the principal helmsman showed “no concern about the navigation situation” prior to the f...

Douglas Johnson | June 09, 2015

The Nature of Money

Conscious Capitalism - Banking and the role of religion. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.ISLAMIC BANKING AND CONSCIOUS CAPITALISMAt the January 2010 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the erudite and prolific Sharia scholar, Muhammad Taqi Usmani, was invited to present a paper with a somewhat radical theme: reforming the world’s post-crisis financial landscape through the lens of religion. The paper generated little interest from the world’s media, which preferred instead to focus on the forum’s lack of reform plans and the predictably defensive stance take...

Harris Irfan | May 19, 2015

The Nature of Money

The Nature of Money

Conscious Capitalism - Banking and the role of religion. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.ISLAMIC BANKING AND CONSCIOUS CAPITALISMAt the January 2010 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the erudite and prolific Sharia scholar, Muhammad Taqi Usmani, was invited to present a paper with a somewhat radical theme: reforming the world’s post-crisis financial landscape through the lens of religion. The paper generated little interest from the world’s media, which preferred instead to focus on the forum’s lack of reform plans and the predictably defensive stance take...

Harris Irfan | May 19, 2015

Islamic Finance Potential In China

The city of Shanghai in China - one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Islamic finance has been growing rapidly in developing and developed countries in recent years. Today, the operation of Islamic banks and associated financial institutions has created a trillion-dollar industry. Islamic finance operates under the principles of risk sharing and interest-free transaction. In contrast to conventional finance, business transactions under Islamic finance require underlying genuine trade and assets. Due to the mentioned features of I...

Dr. Nafis Alam | May 01, 2015

Islamic Finance Potential In China

Islamic Finance Potential In China

The city of Shanghai in China - one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Islamic finance has been growing rapidly in developing and developed countries in recent years. Today, the operation of Islamic banks and associated financial institutions has created a trillion-dollar industry. Islamic finance operates under the principles of risk sharing and interest-free transaction. In contrast to conventional finance, business transactions under Islamic finance require underlying genuine trade and assets. Due to the mentioned features of I...

Dr. Nafis Alam | May 01, 2015

Islamic Banking: Panacea or Fraud? Report of Discussion at the Oxford Union

On 18 February 2015, the Oxford Islamic Banking and Finance Society (IBFS) held a well-attended discussion between Harris Irfan and Tarek El-Diwany at the Oxford Union entitled ‘Our Banking System is Broken - Islamic Banking: Panacea or Fraud?’ IBFS was launched as a new student society at the University of Oxford in 2014, and is dedicated to exploring alternative ways of investing and managing money from an Islamic perspective in a post-financial crisis world. The first speaker, Harris Irfan, is author of the critically acclaimed ‘Heaven’s Bankers: Inside the Hidden...

Oxford Islamic Banking & Finance Society | April 22, 2015

Islamic Banking: Panacea or Fraud? Report of Discussion at the Oxford Union

Islamic Banking: Panacea or Fraud? Report of Discussion at the Oxford Union

On 18 February 2015, the Oxford Islamic Banking and Finance Society (IBFS) held a well-attended discussion between Harris Irfan and Tarek El-Diwany at the Oxford Union entitled ‘Our Banking System is Broken - Islamic Banking: Panacea or Fraud?’ IBFS was launched as a new student society at the University of Oxford in 2014, and is dedicated to exploring alternative ways of investing and managing money from an Islamic perspective in a post-financial crisis world. The first speaker, Harris Irfan, is author of the critically acclaimed ‘Heaven’s Bankers: Inside the Hidden...

Oxford Islamic Banking & Finance Society | April 22, 2015

Introducing venture capital

The "City of Two Continents": Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul connects Europe and Asia. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Islam prohibits risk shifting and encourages risk sharing. Consequently, Muslims have developed over the centuries a highly sophisticated know-how of risk sharing partnerships which was the envy of the world. When Europe borrowed this know-how from the 10th century onwards, it entered into the era of “commercial revolution”. Private sector risk sharing needs to be undertaken by non-bank financial institutions. Western experience since the Secon...

Murat Cizakca | April 11, 2015

Introducing venture capital

Introducing venture capital

The "City of Two Continents": Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul connects Europe and Asia. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Islam prohibits risk shifting and encourages risk sharing. Consequently, Muslims have developed over the centuries a highly sophisticated know-how of risk sharing partnerships which was the envy of the world. When Europe borrowed this know-how from the 10th century onwards, it entered into the era of “commercial revolution”. Private sector risk sharing needs to be undertaken by non-bank financial institutions. Western experience since the Secon...

Murat Cizakca | April 11, 2015

Policy Options for Poverty & Underdevelopment (Part 2)

There is a great need to translate the growth of Islamic Finance into visible development initiatives and poverty reduction in the OIC member countries by institutionalizing the potentials and practices of ‘Giving’ in the Muslim societies. The Role of Small and Medium Enterprises Leading scholars of the field are of the view – and it has been exhibited in more than one ways – that the poverty alleviation potential of the Islamic Finance, particularly microfinance, is much more than that of conventional finance. Now the question arises as to how can this poten...

Khalid Rahman | March 05, 2015

Policy Options for Poverty & Underdevelopment (Part 2)

Policy Options for Poverty & Underdevelopment (Part 2)

There is a great need to translate the growth of Islamic Finance into visible development initiatives and poverty reduction in the OIC member countries by institutionalizing the potentials and practices of ‘Giving’ in the Muslim societies. The Role of Small and Medium Enterprises Leading scholars of the field are of the view – and it has been exhibited in more than one ways – that the poverty alleviation potential of the Islamic Finance, particularly microfinance, is much more than that of conventional finance. Now the question arises as to how can this poten...

Khalid Rahman | March 05, 2015