LinkedIn called Global Islamic Finance Resources. This group shares the same objective of fostering an open discussion of the Islamic finance industry and mirrors the content from the blog (and vice-versa). This network is open to all and its membership includes over 4,800 professionals from every corner of the world and from a wide range of backgrounds. Discussions cover the full range of Shariah compliant investments: long-only, private equity, real estate, exchange traded funds (ETF), structured products, etc. Islamic banking topics covered include the inter-relationship with Sukuk (primary issuance and secondary market) and Takaful institutions (as allocators and drivers of asset management products) and many more.
Some noteworthy discussions from the forum:
Shariah Compliant Structures
- Murabaha Contracts - Shariah Compliance Revisited
- The use of LIBOR as a Benchmark by Islamic Banks
- Should you be able to pay for a promise (Wa'd)?
- Islamic Alternatives to LIBOR
- The Malaysian Islamic Bonds Model
- Why Islamic Finance Prohibits Short-selling...
- Islamic Finance, English Law and UK Courts
- The Employment of Shariah Scholars by Businessmen
- The role of Derivatives in Creating the Financial Crisis
- Does Islamic Finance Need a Voice?
In addition, the LinkedIn Group contains various subgroups:
- Islamic Finance - Accounting & Auditing
- Islamic Finance - Careers & Education
- Islamic Finance - Funds & Asset Management
- Islamic Finance - Takaful & Pensions
- Islamic Finance - Research & Reports