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Islamic Finance For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-43069-9
384 pages
September 2012
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A detailed look at the fast-growing field of Islamic banking and finance

The global Islamic finance market is now worth about $700 billion worldwide. Islamic Finance For Dummies helps experienced investors and new entrants into Islamic finance quickly get up to speed on this growing financial sector.

Here, you'll find clear and easy-to-understand information on how you can incorporate Islamic finance products into your investment portfolio. You'll quickly and easily: become acquainted with the theory, practice, and limitations of Islamic banking; understand how to develop products for the Islamic financial industry; grasp the objectives and sources of Islamic law and the basic guidelines for business contacts; learn about Islamic fund management and insurance; and much more.

  • Coverage of the role Islamic finance can play in the development of the financial system and of economies
  • Addresses the risks and rewards in Islamic banking
  • The future prospects and opportunities of the Islamic finance industry

With the help of Islamic Finance For Dummies, you'll discover the fast and easy way to tap into the booming Islamic finance arena.

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Introduction  1

Part I: The Basics of Islamic Finance  9

Chapter 1: Easing into Islamic Finance 11

Chapter 2: Getting to Know Islam and the Role of Sharia 27

Chapter 3: The History of Islamic Finance 43

Chapter 4: Touring the Islamic Finance Industry 55

Part II: Introducing Islamic Commercial Law  73

Chapter 5: Adhering to Islamic Commercial Ethics 75

Chapter 6: Focusing on Contracts 87

Part III: Eyeing Islamic Banking Operations  99

Chapter 7: Contrasting Conventional and Islamic Commercial Banking 101

Chapter 8: Charting the Relationship between Conventional and Islamic Banks 117

Chapter 9: Tracing the Sources and Uses of Funds in Islamic Banks 129

Chapter 10: Familiarizing Yourself with Islamic Financial Instruments 145

Part IV: Islamic Investment Markets: Equity and Bonds  163

Chapter 11: Introducing the Islamic Capital Market 165

Chapter 12: Managing Assets in Islamic Investments 187

Chapter 13: Investing in Islamic Bonds: Sukuk 207

Part V: Reporting, Corporate Governance, and Supervision  229

Chapter 14: Issuing Financial Statements 231

Chapter 15: Considering Corporate Governance 245

Chapter 16: Supervising Operations: The Sharia Board 261

Chapter 17: Managing Risk in Islamic Financial Institutions 275

Part VI: Islamic Insurance: Takaful  291

Chapter 18: Takaful: Exploring the Fundamentals of Islamic Insurance293

Chapter 19: Takaful and Retakaful Products, Structures, and Governance 305

Part VII: The Par t of Tens  323

Chapter 20: Ten Reasons the West Should Pay Attention to Islamic Finance 325

Chapter 21: Ten Economic Benefits of Following Islamic Principles 331

Appendix: Glossary  339

Index  349

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Faleel Jamaldeen, DBA, is the founder and editor of the Islamic Finance Expert website (ifinanceexpert.wordpress.com). He is an Assistant Professor at Effat University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he teaches courses in conventional finance, Islamic finance, and accounting.

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September 26, 2012
A Detailed Look at the Fast-Growing Islamic Banking and Finance Sector

The severity of the global financial crisis that followed the years 2008 and 2009 has been described as second only to the Great Depression. Yet, during those two years, the assets of the 500 top Islamic financial institutions grew -- from $639 billion to $820 billion.

What sets apart the Islamic finance industry from the rest of the financial world? And how have its differences helped this sector thrive when the rest of the global financial market struggles to regain its balance?

Faleel Jamaldeen, author of Islamic Finance For Dummies, says: "I'm bullish on Islamic finance: I'm a firm believer in the market potential of this industry. I'm also a firm believer in the benefits of Westerners understanding the concepts that lie behind the Islamic financial products -- knowing why a separate industry exists and why many conventional products don't work for Muslims."

"In the West, the general public and even many financial professionals know absolutely nothing about Islamic finance. Those who've at least heard of it may assume that they can't understand or participate in it because they aren't Muslim and don't speak Arabic.) Western women may assume that they aren't allowed to participate in the Islamic finance industry because of misconceptions about Islamic law. (Women can and do fully participate in Islamic finance -- as professionals and as investors.)"

"Islamophobia is a prejudice against Islam or Muslims that has unfortunately become more commonplace and more intense in the West since the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Some people simply don't want anything to do with an industry that's affiliated with Islam. Until now, searching for a book to help you navigate the subject of Islamic finance wasn't very rewarding. That's because Islamic finance has been the topic of textbooks but not many nonacademic titles."

Jamaldeen goes on to say, "I wrote this book to bridge the gap between people who need and want to know about Islamic finance and an industry that needs and wants their participation. You'll find that you don't need to learn a new language, change your personal religious views, and that job prospects are strong for both men and women with conventional banking and finance skills who are open to learning about new products and a new way of conducting business."

"I wrote this book assuming that you have a strong interest in the financial industry already. Maybe you're a banker, a mutual fund manager, an investment consultant, or an insurance agent. Perhaps you have Muslim clients asking you to consider adding sharia-compliant products to your roster of offerings, or your boss mentioned in passing that Islamic finance has been growing like crazy and your company should find out how to tap into the market. Maybe you're a college student focusing your studies in finance, and you've read that job prospects are good for people with specific knowledge about Islamic finance."

Whatever the scenario, you'll find clear and easy-to-understand information on how the Islamic finance industry works.   

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