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Understanding Islamic finance

The rapid growth in importance of Islamic finance to the UK has led to changes in the tax system, the creation of specialist qualifications and a new focus on legislative changes to support the development of Islamic financial products. On this page you can access a range of material that can help you understand the basics of Islamic finance.

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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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The Islamic finance market

Cambridge Global Islamic Finance Report (Cambridge GIFR)
Annual report which includes an assessment of the size of the global Islamic financial services industry and the Islamic Finance Country Index, which ranks around fifty 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.

Global trends in Islamic finance and the UK market 2022
A  research report from TheCityUK, summarising global trends in Islamic finance with particular reference to how the market is developing in the UK. TheCityUK's Islamic Finance Advisory Group aims to provide thought leadership on Islamic finance through engaging with government and international decision makers.

Islamic Finance in Europe
An online paper from the European Central Bank which provides an overview of the Islamic finance market in Europe and highlights the different approaches taken by the countries covered (France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg and the UK). Published in June 2013.

Islamic Finance news
Islamic finance gateway from Zawya Thomson Reuters which includes latest news stories, featured research reports and economic indicators.

Islamic Finance News: IFN Annual Guide
This annual IFN journal guide looks at overall markets for Islamic finance, with individual country summaries.

Misconceptions about Islamic finance
A web page from INCEIF, the Global University of Islamic Finance, which tackles some of the common misconceptions about Islamic finance.

Multimedia and video

Differences between Islamic and conventional retail banking
Part of a collection of video presentations from the Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance (IIBI), intended to increase understanding of Islamic finance practices.

Introduction to Islamic Finance: Concepts & Structures
Video of an October 2013 presentation given by Farmida Bi (Partner and European Head of Islamic Finance, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP) as part of the LSE Department of Law's Islamic Finance Seminar Series. The presentation provides an overview of the particular features of Islamic finance, traditional Islamic contracts and Islamic finance in the UK.

Useful links

Deloitte Islamic Finance
Deloitte Islamic Finance topics hub, featuring a series of thought leadership publications.

IMF Islamic Finance factsheet
International Monetary Fund (IMF) factsheet concisely answering the question 'What is Islamic finance?' and covering recent developments.

Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance (IIBI)
A charitable organisation which seeks to build a wider understanding of the principles and methodologies within Islamic financial services. The IIBI website includes an extensive collection of useful resources, including an Islamic Finance Glossary and an archive of their magazine New Horizon.

Investing within shariah: A guide to Islamic financial products
The framework of Islamic finance, main types of contracts and key terms such as Riba, Haram and Gharar are explained in this March 2019 Thomson Reuters Zawya guide for investors.

Malaysia International Islamic Financial Centre (MIFC)
An initiative launched by Malaysia's financial and market regulators to promote Malaysia as a major hub for international Islamic finance. The MIFC provides a knowledge centre which includes an impressive range of publications and guides on Islamic finance.

UK Excellence in Islamic Finance
UK Government publication which includes a short history of Islamic Finance in the UK as well as timelines that show the key dates in the development of Islamic Financial Institutions in the UK and the regulatory development of Islamic Finance in the UK. The publication also provides profiles of major industry players and education/training providers. Published in October 2014.

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