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The Potential Opportunities with Fintech for Islamic Banking

Salman Ahmed Shaikh Islamic finance can help in enabling access to financial services for people who want Islamic financial services. The key question is that can Islamic finance also provide access to financial services to the bottom of the pyramid … Continue reading

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Islam and Institution of Interest Based Lending

Danial Pirani In modern times, the institution of interest is regarded as critical for the stability of an economy. Nearly all the economic and financial institutions are, in one way or the other, connected to the interest based transactions. Interest … Continue reading

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Potential of Islamic Finance to Lead New Financial Architecture

Salman Ahmed Shaikh The financial crisis of 2007-2009 and ongoing sovereign debt crisis in Europe has challenged the conventional wisdom. Massive levels of debt and consumption beyond means and speedy financial innovation with lax regulation has put major economies in … Continue reading

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Some Observations on User Cost of Capital

Salman Ahmed Shaikh Mainstream economics defines physical capital stock as things that are ‘produced means of production’. Examples of physical capital stock include machinery, tools, equipment, buildings, fixtures, infrastructure, installations and production plants, for instance. In a market economy, physical … Continue reading

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Risk Aversion And Islamic Financial Economics

Salman Ahmed Shaikh Risk aversion is an observed behavior and there is empirical evidence that people generally are risk averse. By risk averse, we mean to say that people are willing to pay a higher risk premia than what is … Continue reading

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Distributional Inequity and Welfare Loss in Interest Based Financial System

Salman Ahmed Shaikh Capitalism, the way it is practiced as an economic system, has largely allowed and provided legal cover to certain exploitative institutions and their operations based on free market philosophy. Such institutions have been chiefly responsible for much … Continue reading

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Physiological and Psychological Dimensions of Scarcity

Salman Ahmed Shaikh Resources are scarce as compared to unlimited wants. But, the economics of non-rival ideas creation has proved that resources are ample and that physical resources could be used in ways that keeps fulfilling the basic needs of … Continue reading

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Form Versus the Substance Debate in Islamic Finance

Salman Ahmed Shaikh In currently practiced Islamic banking, the debt based modes of finance are used predominantly and these products are priced with same interest based benchmarks, which the conventional banks use. To some scholars, it seems that practiced Islamic … Continue reading

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Problems with Inflation Indexation of Loans

Salman Ahmed Shaikh In past, some scholars have proposed to index financial loans in inflationary periods with some inflation index. In this article, we analyze the potential problems with this proposal. Problems from Applied Perspective If this proposal is suggested … Continue reading

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