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14.12.09

Islamic Banking Theories, Practices and Insights for Nigeria

Islamic Banking Theories, Practices and Insights for Nigeria
Toni Uhomoibhi Aburime
Deakin University

Abstract: The broad aim of this paper is to introduce knowledge of Islamic banking theories and practices to banking and finance scholars and practitioners in Nigeria, as well as draw some useful insights on Islamic banking in Nigeria. Prohibition of interest, low consumer lending, profit and loss sharing and high real sector investing are primary characteristics of Islamic banks. Islamic banks operate the three conventional deposit accounts. They also engage in investment financing, trade financing, lending, and other financial services. Differences between Islamic and conventional banks lie in prohibition of interest, emphasis on Islamic principles of morality, emphasis on collateral, certainty of deposits and returns, liquidity risk and solvency risk; while similarities between Islamic and conventional banks lie in profit-making objective and nature of banking services. Though there is a dearth of Islamic banks in Nigeria, Islamic banking has become a fast growing concept. The emergence of full-fledged Islamic banks in Nigeria should be expected in the near future.
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