Islamic Finance and Economics

  • Dubai Competes to Challenge Malaysia as Global Islamic Finance Capital

    August 06, 2014

    As the global Islamic finance industry continues to experience robust growth, Dubai continues to pursue an aggressive competitive strategy to supersede Malaysia as the world's leading hub for sharia-compliant/compatible finance.

  • Saudi Arabia to Open Stock Market to Foreign Investors

    July 23, 2014

    Officials in Saudi Arabia announced that the country's stock market will be opened in 2015 to investment from foreign financial institutions, an effort aimed at bringing shareholder management and globalization expertise to the Kingdom's notoriously insular financial institutions.

  • Experts Predict Strong Growth, Globalization of Islamic Finance

    July 18, 2014

    International financial experts predict that sharia-based economic growth will be especially robust over the next half decade, with "demographics, devotion, and disposable income" fueling the aggressive spread of Islamic finance and banking practices in both Asia and advanced OECD countries.

  • Harvard's Islamic Finance Project Hosts OIC Speakers

    July 14, 2014

    Representatives from the global Organization for Islamic Cooperation ("OIC") met in a forum with global finance and Islamic experts convened under Harvard University's Islamic Finance Project to discuss new models of social welfare based on sharia-compliant/compatible insurance.

  • Mainstreaming Islamic Banking by Rebranding Without "Islamic"

    July 11, 2014

    Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Saudi Arabia are leading a trial move to mainstream and grow the global footprint of Islamic banking, which relies on sharia-compliant/compatible products and regulations, by rebranding the industry through removal of the term "Islamic" from their institutions in key Western countries.

  • U.K. Inaugurates Islamic Bond Offering in the West

    July 11, 2014

    Islamic bonds (“sukuk”) were issued this week by government of the United Kingdom, making good on Prime Minister David Cameron's widely publicized pledge to make London a global capital of Islamic banking and finance and inaugurating the West's first sharia-compliant sovereign bond offering.

  • Dangers of London's Push for Sharia Finance in the West

    July 10, 2014

    As London prepares to become the first Western country to issue an Islamic sovereign bond global political analysts are raising concerns that the U.K.'s push to become the West's capital of sharia-compliant finance carries insidious risks for democracy and security.

  • Experts Predict Sharp Growth in Islamic Banking in Short Term

    July 10, 2014

    International financial experts predict a sharp expansion in the total assets, products, and profitability of Islamic banking over the next four years, based on growing integration of trade and capital markets in Turkey, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific region.

  • Islamic Banking and Finance Markets Growing and Globalizing

    July 10, 2014

    Global finance analysts expect continuing, robust growth in markets for sharia-compliant and sharia-compatible products and instruments, led by strong competition for hub status by Western, Middle Eastern, and Asian countries that have already issued Islamic sovereign bonds.

  • Egypt Turning to Islamic Finance

    June 23, 2014

    Global finance experts have noted that Egypt is moving decisively to develop its sharia-compliant finance regime.

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