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Islamic finance

Islamic finance focuses on achieving fairness through the sharing of profit, loss and risk; for example, the charging of interest (riba) is prohibited. Access our selected resources on the sector, including eBooks, online articles and print publications.

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Topics in depth

Trends and forecasts

Islamic Finance Sectoral Advisory Group
TheCityUK's Islamic Finance Group aims to provide thought leadership on Islamic finance through engaging with government and international decision makers. The Group also regularly publishes a Islamic finance research report (last published April 2019) which summarises global trends in Islamic finance with particular reference to how the market is developing in the UK.

Islamic Financial Services Industry Stability Report
Annual industry report by the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB). Provides updates on trends, growth and developments in the Islamic financial services industry. Requires free registration to access.

Islamic Finance Outlook 2021
Annual S&P Global Ratings research report predicting trends that will shape the industry's growth. Requires free registration to access.

Market research

Global Islamic Finance Report
Annual report which includes an assessment of the size of the global Islamic financial services industry and the Islamic Finance Country Index, which ranks countries by the size of their Islamic financial assets. The Islamic Finance Country Index was first launched in 2011 and has quickly gained acceptance as a means to compare countries in this sector.

Islamic Finance News: IFN Annual Guide

The annual IFN journal guide looks at overall markets for Islamic finance, with individual country market reports for several countries.

Sukuk - Islamic bonds

IIFM Annual Sukuk report 2021
An International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM) research report providing an overview of the global Sukuk market, with major 2020 issuances highlighted. 

Thomson Reuters Islamic Finance Development Report 2018
Annual report examining the top performing markets for Islamic finance services, including sukuk, with an infographic on the top global sukuk markets during 2017. It reports that Malaysia continued to dominate the global sukuk market in terms of sukuk outstanding and issuance during 2017. Requires free registration to download.

Takaful - Shari'a compliant insurance

Islamic Financial Services Industry Stability Report 2020
Annual industry report by the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB). Provides updates on trends, market growth and developments in the Islamic financial services industry, including Takaful. Requires free registration to access.

Industry press

The ICAEW Library & Information Service provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Useful links

ZAWYA Islamic Finance news
Islamic finance gateway from ZAWYA.com, which includes latest news stories, featured research reports and economic indicators. A free Zawya Daily email newsletter alert is available.

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Statistics

Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB)

The IFSB issues global standards for the Islamic finance industry, as well as conducting research and coordinating new industry initiatives. It currently provides quarterly Islamic banking data for 22 countries: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. 

Prudential and Structural Islamic Financial Indicators (PSIFIs) available include: 

  • Capital adequacy
  • Asset quality
  • Earnings
  • Leverage
  • Liquidity
  • Sensitivity to risks
  • Value of Shariah-compliant financing by economic activity
  • Value of returns by major type of Shariah-compliant contract
  • Number of Islamic banks
  • Number of employees

Detailed financial statements are also available for seven countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Legislation

Islamic finance: law and practice 
C.R.Nethercott, editor. (Oxford University Press, 2020, 386 pages)
An up-to-date overview of the global Islamic finance industry, including Islamic law and contracts in practice. This item is in the ICAEW Library & Information Service collection - to find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans

The Islamic Finance and Markets Review
Publication from The Law Reviews describing the practice of Islamic or shariah-compliant finance in 12 jurisdictions: Bahrain, the Cayman Islands, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Oman, the Philippines, the UAE, the UK, and the US. Published in November 2020.

Islamic Finance News: IFN Annual Guide
This annual IFN journal guide looks at overall markets for Islamic finance, including individual market reports for several countries, some of which refer to tax incentives and the regulatory framework.

Industry bodies

The websites of government, regulatory and trade bodies in this sector are a useful source of industry overviews, contacts and statistics.

UK

Asia

Global

Middle East

Oceania

Trade journals and publications

Trade journals, B2B magazines and specialist consumer magazines are another useful source of news and statistics.

Directories

These online directories can be used to identify specialist Islamic finance firms, financial products and professionals. 

Articles and books in the ICAEW Library collection

The collection of the ICAEW Library & Information Service includes a range of articles and books on Islamic finance. Use the links below to see what we have available to request in our Library catalogue (Libcat). Please contact us if you would like to borrow a book or request a copy of an article.

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