download PDF version), where we dig deep to uncover the hidden gems of Islamic finance. Sometimes it seems we might not be able to see the forest for the trees, and our editorial section takes a different angle with respects to Shariah supervision and its overall role within the corporate walls. Our Featured Resource compiles a large selection of research papers from the International Shari'ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA), which might not be widely disseminated but prove to be excellent reading.
Istijrar is a financial instrument that is seldom talked about in Islamic finance but which contains some intriguing characteristics, Nikan dissects it in the Featured Structure segment. For our Allocator Interview we hear from Chaaban Omran of Crescent Investments Australasia, as we discuss the investment rationale for Australia (which could be regraded as a frontier market for Islamic finance).
Furthermore, Abdulkhaliq Elshayyal takes on Lex Islamicus where he delves into how Islamic financial institutions manage the risk of non-compliance with Shariah, with some very interesting insights. The Industry Snapshot section sees Mobasher Zein tackle the topic of an Islamic currency, both revisiting the historical background as well as analyzing the various pieces of the puzzle that needs to be put together to support an Islamic economy. In addition, Mohammed Amin shares with us his review of the book "Islamic Banking and Finance: What It Is and What It Could Be" and we hope to bring more book reviews in the future.
As always, we are keen to hear your comments & suggestions and remember that you can visit our online archive (see reference link) for access to our ever-growing databank of Opalesque Islamic Finance Briefing as well as all of the back issues of Opalesque Islamic Finance Intelligence.
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Alternatively you can read each article separately in the OIFI Archive:
Editor’s Note: The Shariah Compliance of Teldar Paper
Featured Resource: ISRA Research Papers
Featured Structure: Istijrar - How does it really work?
Lex Islamicus: A Brief Look at Ikhtilaf - Diversity of Ijtihad in Islamic Finance
Allocator Interview: Crescent Investments Australasia
Industry Snapshot: Islamic Dinar Reloaded
Book Review: Islamic Banking and Finance: What It Is and What It Could Be