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19.12.09

Opalesque Islamic Finance Intelligence - Fifth Issue

It has been quite impossible to escape the recent headlines emanating out of Dubai and specifically relating to Nakheel - to the point that one would have been tempted to avoid the topic altogether. We emphasize the need to take a forward-looking perspective for this the fifth edition of OIFI. We explore the broader implications of Nakheel as it relates to the future of sukuk specifically and to the Islamic financial marketplace as a whole within our editorial section.

Fortunately OIFI does not coordinate content with irrational exhuberance (or market 'standstills' for that matter), we remain focused on providing coverage of a wide range of topics - all very timely and relevant in their own right. Our Featured Resource section revisits various opinion pieces on ethics and Islamic finance, with a further segway into social responsibility and responsible investing.

In our Featured Structure section, Nikan explores various Shariah compliant short-selling solutions that have been developed over the past few years (and complemented by further analysis of each one). This review is further complemented by our Fund Manager Interview as we converse with Tocqueville's John Hathaway, who oversees one of the very first Islamic hedge funds.

Khalil continues his Lex Islamicus column with a specific look at contractual complexity and this is further complemented by our Industry Snapshot, where Hdeel Abdelhady from DLA Piper provides a critical analysis of some of the most noteworthy court cases involving Islamic law in recent years. Just as legal precedent is relevant and necessary, so is the need for developing the future talent in the industry as we hear from Fuwad Beg, of Yasaar Human Capital, exploring this theme in detail in our Opinion Column.

Once again we welcome your comments & suggestions, and a reminder that you can check the free online archive of Opalesque Islamic Finance Briefing (our daily news summary) which provides a historical data bank of industry news and articles, as well as the back issues of OIFI.

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