Islamic Law and Finance

Islamic Law and Finance

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Mirroring the expansion of wealth in the Middle East and Asia and a surge in Islamic self-identity, Islamic banking practices have either become the law of the land or coexist and compete with Western practices in at least six countries. A growing number of institutions and mutual funds (akin to Western ''socially responsible'' funds) have established Islamic investment and other practices to cater to this burgeoning market. Because of its prevalence, practitioners in every banking-related area must familiarize themselves with current Islamic finance practices in order to do business with Muslim clients and to engage in cross-border financing. Injunctions from the qQur'an and the sayings of Prophet Muhammed have generated a web of interrelated norms which prohibit Islamic financiers from engaging in transactions that involve interest q(riba) and speculation q(gharar). qIslamic Law and Finance describes the dynamic set of Islamically-sanctioned ways financiers can transacat business.... for an objective cross-disciplinary study of Islamic banking and finance addressing both its origins and its future potential. ... scholars and interested graduate and undergraduate students to undertake the Harvard Islamic Finance Project. ... provided us not only the major financial support but also valuable research support and introductions to scholars and information sources around the Islamic world.

Title:Islamic Law and Finance
Author: Frank E. Vogel, Samuel L. Hayes
Publisher:BRILL - 1998-01-01

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