Islamic finance industry hampered by global economic conditions

Global economic volatilities, consistently low oil prices and reduced demand for credit are among the factors that currently weigh on the Islamic financial service industry, the recently released IFSB Industry Stability 2017 Report by Kuala Lumpur-based Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) suggests. The study says that 2016 marked another year of slower growth amid adverse […]

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How can Islamic finance benefit Azerbaijan?

Islamic finance is still a nascent industry in Azerbaijan, even though the country’s large Muslim population base indicates great potential demand for its products and services. Nevertheless, efforts have been made to promote Islamic finance in Azerbaijan. Today, several banks in the country offer a narrow range of services based on Sharia’a (Islamic law) principles […]

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New Efforts to Boost Sharia Banking in Indonesia

Although between 85 and 90 percent of the Indonesian population is Muslim, Islamic banking, also known as sharia banking (financing activity that is in line with Islamic principles), remains underdeveloped in Indonesia. In 2016 sharia banking assets only accounted for 5.3 percent of total assets in Indonesia’s banking sector. Meanwhile in countries like Saudi Arabia […]

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Islamic banking: an ethical alternative to the conventional financial system

Islamic finance is an unconventional financial system which has witnessed impressive growth over the last decade. In 2015, the business represented $4.5 bn in the UK. Global Islamic investments have increased by 150 per cent since 2006, and according to estimates, the sector is growing 50 per cent faster than the overall banking sector. At the 2013 World Islamic […]

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Islamic Finance in Africa: Impetus for Growth

Many market development and regulatory efforts have taken place in the African region in recent years as there is a clear set of potentials for Islamic finance to play a role in African countries to diversify their sources of funding. As the world’s largest untapped growth market for Islamic economy, Africa is expected to attract […]

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Africa is Islamic banking’s new frontier

IN 2008 Ethiopia’s conservative central bank experimented: it authorised interest-free banking. Interest is prohibited under sharia law, so the move was lauded as a step towards expanding financial services for the country’s large and often poor Muslim minority. But momentum soon stalled. An attempt to launch a fully-fledged Islamic bank foundered. Today most of Ethiopia’s […]

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