Islamic Finance and Economics

  • London Mosque Invites Cryptocurrency Donations

    March 14, 2019

    A London mosque has announced that it will begin accepting cryptocurrency donations to support mosque renovations and programs for the poor, opening the door for UK mosques to develop a sharia-compliant blockchain economy.

  • Qatar Hosts Islamic Finance Conference on Digital Tech

    March 14, 2019

    The Islamic monarchy of Qatar is hosting the 5th annual Doha Islamic Finance Conference, with more than 1200 representatives from 22 countries gathering to discuss how Islamic banks can grow their global customer base by adopting financial technology applications, including by expanding sharia-compliant blockchain technologies.

  • Chinese Initiative Bolsters Sharia Finance in Eurasia

    March 13, 2019

    The impact of sharia-compliant finance across Eurasia continues to grow through funding of an increasing number of infrastructure and development projects under China’s Belt and Road Initiative, in which almost half of the participant countries are Muslim-majority and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation member states.

  • Sharia Finance Expands into New York Housing Market

    March 07, 2019

    Sharia-compliant lending deals have been slowly expanding in the US housing market, with a recent example in the purchase of student housing complex near the University of Buffalo by a Florida-based firm and an unidentified Middle East investor.

  • S&P Examines No-Deal Brexit’s Islamic Finance Impact

    February 20, 2019

    Highlighting the growing importance of Islamic finance in the global marketplace, Standard & Poor (S&P) has published research indicating that a no-deal Brexit will have minimal effects on the global Islamic finance industry, whose assets are on pace to reach $3.2 trillion by 2020.

  • Iran Launches Islamic Cryptocurrency to Evade US Sanctions

    February 06, 2019

    Iran’s Islamic Republic announced the launch of an Islamic gold-backed cryptocurrency in an effort to use blockchain technology to minimize the effects of US economic sanctions on Iran and to leverage Islamic cryptocurrencies to break the dominance of the US dollar in international financial markets.

  • UK, Malaysia Lead Efforts Toward Islamic Finance Literacy

    January 03, 2019

    Thomson Reuters has identified the UK and Malaysia as the leading providers of Islamic finance knowledge, including diverse forms of education aimed at competitive advantage in the rapidly growing sharia-compatible financial services market currently estimated at $1.7 trillion in assets.

  • Australia’s Islamic Banking Superfund Targets Millennials, Non-Muslims

    January 03, 2019

    Managers of Australia’s largest Islamic pension superfund are targeting millennials and non-Muslims to drive exponential growth predictions in the next five years.

  • NGO Partners on Launching Sharia Microfinance in Ethiopia

    January 03, 2019

    The US-based nongovernmental organization Meecy Corps is partnering with a UK-based Islamic finance consultancy to augment delivery of emergency and humanitarian aid in Ethiopia by launching sharia-compliant/compatible finance targeted at encouraging banking and microfinance for the African country’s Muslim communities.

  • Gulf States See FinTech as Next Step in Expansion of Sharia Finance

    January 03, 2019

    Arab Gulf Islamic regimes see FinTech - blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and other digitized technologies for financial services - as the new frontier in the regional and global expansion of the sharia-compliant/compatible financial industry.

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