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Islamic Finance and the New Financial System: An Ethical Approach to Preventing Future Financial Crises

Islamic Finance and the New Financial System: An Ethical Approach to Preventing Future Financial Crises

Tariq Alrifai

ISBN: 978-1-118-99064-3

Apr 2015

280 pages

Description

Can Islamic finance save the global system?

Islamic Finance and the New Financial System describes how the adoption of Islamic finance principles in future regulatory decisions could help prevent future shocks in the global financial system. Using illustrations and examples to highlight key points in recent history, this book discusses the causes of financial crises, why they are becoming more frequent and increasingly severe, and how the new financial system will incorporate elements of Islamic finance – whether deliberately or not. With an introspective look at the system and an examination of the misconceptions and deficiencies in theory vs. practice, readers will learn why Islamic finance has not been as influential as it should be on the larger global system. Solutions to these crises are thoroughly detailed, and the author puts forth a compelling argument about what can be expected in the future.

Despite international intervention and global policy changes, the financial system remains in a fragile state. There is an argument to be made about integrating Islamic finance into the new system to facilitate stronger resilience, and this book explains the nuts and bolts of the idea while providing the reader with a general understanding of Islamic finance.

  • Understand the key principles of Islamic finance
  • Examine the history of the current financial system
  • Discover how Islamic finance can help build a new debt-free economy
  • Learn how Islamic finance theory doesn't always dictate practice

Although Islamic finance is a growing market, it is still a foreign concept to many. Those within the Islamic finance circles wonder why the system has yet to gain broader appeal despite its ability to create a strong and well-balanced economy. Islamic Finance and the New Financial System provides clever analysis and historical background to put the issues into perspective.

About the Author ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

PART ONE Financial Crises and the Current Financial System

CHAPTER 1 A Brief History of Financial Systems and the Birth of Money 7

CHAPTER 2 Past Financial Crises and Their Causes 23

CHAPTER 3 The Global Financial Crisis of 2008 51

CHAPTER 4 Solutions Create More Problems 73

CHAPTER 5 The Next Financial Crisis and the New Financial System 87

PART TWO The Islamic Financial System

CHAPTER 6 Overview and History of Islamic Finance 97

CHAPTER 7 The Key Principles of Islamic Finance 117

CHAPTER 8 Islamic Financial Instruments as Alternatives 139

CHAPTER 9 Criticisms, Shortcomings, and Misconceptions of Islamic Finance 159

PART THREE The New Financial System

CHAPTER 10 Preventing Future Crises—Real-World Solutions from Islamic Finance 181

CHAPTER 11 Evaluating Alternative Solutions 197

Conclusion 207

Notes 209

Index 223