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“Islamic Economics and Finance: A European Perspective” – a new title from IE Business Publishing

As it has not been thought to invite me to speak at the presentation of the book that I wrote recently, here is the presentation I would have made.

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

It is a pleasure for me to be here before you today, to present this book, which I believe is a poignant reflection on Islamic economics and finance in Western markets, particularly in Europe.  The relevance of this book comes from the fact that it is predominantly the result of a candid and open discussion, among esteemed experts and interested professionals, held right here in this very business school.

In recent years, financiers, economists, politicians, and even the public at large, have been deliberating the subject of reinventing capitalism and reforming financial markets.  The revolutionary steps that were at-first called for have been slow to materialise, but the situation has thrown much light on alternative models and approaches.  One such alternative that has received renewed interest is Islamic finance and so this joint venture between King Abdulziz University and IE Business School is well timed, as was the inaugural symposium on which the book is based.

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Symposium on Islamic Economics and Finance.

I recently had the opportunity to work with the Center of Islamic Economic and Finance (cief), a joint venture between Madrid’s IE Business School and King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia.  I was involved with the symposium held at IE on June 16th and 17th entitled “Beyond the Crisis:  Islamic Finance in the New Financial Order”.  The symposium assembled a highly distinguished group of academics from the worlds of Islamic finance and conventional, western finance to discuss the nature of Islamic economics, how those principles may be applied in the framework of conventional finance and the advantages that would represent. Continue reading