IRTI Occasional Papers
Salman Syed Ali
Abstract: "The development of Islamic capital markets is integral part of development of capital markets in general. Such markets are essential for efficient resource mobilization and allocation. It is more so in an Islamic economy because prohibition of interest implies greater reliance on equities and asset based financing.
The paper focuses on the state of equity and stable income products (sukuk) in Islamic capital markets. Taking Bahrain, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Sudan as sample it surveys the size of the markets for stocks and ijarah sukuk and highlights the issues in their development. [Excluded from the analysis are the other products, the regulatory issues, and the aspects of market micro-structure]. This is done with the purpose to understand how to enhance the proportion of Islamic products in the capital markets of the IDB-member countries. Availability of appropriate products will induce the firms to use the markets in the member countries for raising the funds and investing them there."