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.