Estimates place the global Muslim population at 1.6 billion which offers an excellent potential client base. Islamic finance products and services are largely under-developed. The likes of Malaysia and Saudi Arabia have relatively advanced offerings, but the market in Europe and North America is yet to take off, meaning there is great scope for growth.
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This case study analyzes what Sharia-compliant finance is, why there is demand for it and how well serviced that demand is.
This case study examines the differences between the availability of Islamic banking services in different regions.
This case study looks at what the future holds for Islamic finance
Highlights of the Islamic Finance: The state of the market report: Islamic banking is banking that is consistent with Sharia principles and its practical application through the development of Islamic economics and banking services. 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. Islamic religious texts and fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) deal extensively with banking and business principles and laws and many Muslims wish to adhere to them. The presence of such a large, growing Muslim population and the unsuitability of traditional banking means that there is demand for Islamic banking products and services that must be met.
In certain countries, specialist Islamic banks exist and help meet the needs of Muslims wishing to adhere to Sharia laws and principles and in others, large, multinational banks have seized the opportunity to enter a new, fast-growing market. The market remains to a large extent however, under-developed.
Your key questions answered
- What is Sharia-compliant finance?
- Who uses Islamic finance products?
- How well serviced is the Islamic finance market?
- What does the future hold for Islamic banking?
Table of Contents
What Is Islamic Finance?
- At the heart of Islamic finance is fairness
- The paying of interest is strictly prohibited
- Impermissible investments
- Banks must set up a supervisory committee
- Key financial products that are widely accepted
Why Is There A Need For Islamic Finance Products And Services?
- Size of the Muslim population greatly influences demand
- Different regions display different levels of adherence
- Age also affects religious commitment
How Well Serviced Is Demand For Sharia Banking?
- Islamic finance in the United States
- Islamic finance in Europe
- Islamic Finance in North Africa and the Middle East
What Does The Future Hold For Islamic Banking?
- The market is forecast to grow significantly
- The future looks bright for Sharia-compliant finance
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- Table: Respondents who said religion was very important in their lives (%)
- Figure: Sharia certificate for Islamic Bank of Britain current accounts
- Figure: Global Muslim population heat map
- Figure: QES Islamic Finance Sukuk coupon
- Figure: Gross Islamic mortgage lending in the UK 2008-2017 (£m)
- Figure: Share of global Islamic banking assets 2012 (%)
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