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This research guide has been created and is maintained by Priyanka Sharma, Research Librarian, Special Programmes, Li Ka Shing Library at Singapore Management University.

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This Research Guide leads you to a wide variety of sources on Islamic commercial law and Islamic finance in SMU’s collections as well as elsewhere. The sources covered include books and e-books, e-journals and subscribed databases available only to the SMU community, as well as publicly available websites. Original research by SMU faculty and visiting scholars will also be uploaded from time-to-time, including works-in-progress for which comment is invited. This Research Guide will periodically be updated with new materials. If you have any suggestions for additional sources or enquiries about further research in Islamic law and finance, please contact Associate Professor Andrew White in the SMU School of Law. If you are still unable to find the data you need, please email Research Librarian Priyanka Sharma or


Islamic Finance: State of the Market Report from MarketLine

Islamic banking is banking that is consistent with Sharia (moral code and religious law of Islam) principles and its practical application through the development of Islamic economics and banking services. Therefore, Sharia-compliant finance is a more accurate term than Islamic banking or finance. A central tenet is that interest may be neither charged nor paid, but there are also ethical considerations that many Muslims hold dear even though they may not necessarily be enshrined in religious law, such as the idea that one party may not use a superior financial position to exploit another. These also include investing in companies whose trading activities are seen as running contrary to Islamic principles. There are many solutions that have been devised to fulfill this need, but three of the most widely used are Murabaha, Ijara and Sukuk Al Ijara.

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    Islamic Commercial Law Articles

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    Islamic Finance Events

    • Upcoming Islamic Finance and Banking Events
      Global interest in Islamic finance and banking is at an unprecedented level. Products, markets and players are constantly evolving meaning the industry is in a state of constant renewal and change. Stay updated with current events happening.
    • Islamic Finance News Roadshow
      For the past three years the educational IFN Roadshow, in key developing Islamic financial markets, has been an overwhelming success. The IFN 2011 Roadshow will be stronger than ever before.For 2011, 13 key markets have been scheduled to host an IFN Roadshow. These markets are those which you, our clients, have suggested we need to focus. During the course of the year, other locations may be added, and on that note we do invite you to offer suggestions.
    • Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance, March 24 and 25, 2012
      The Tenth Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance is scheduled to be held at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 24 and 25, 2012. The theme of the conference will be “Islamic Finance and Development.”

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    MSLIS (Illinois - Urbana Champaign), BA (Hons) Philosophy & Politics (HKU)

    Articles from the International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management

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