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Opalesque Islamic Finance Intelligence XIV

Welcome to the fourteenth edition of OIFI (download PDF version), our last edition for the year, and as we look back at 2010 we sincerely thank everyone that has supported us along the way. The industry itself has much to look forward to in the coming years and this is the recurring theme for this edition. Our Editorial Section tackles the evolving role of AAOIFI as it pertains to governance and regulation of Shariah scholars. Our Featured Resource is a compilation of some the most noteworthy discussions from our online forum.

Mohammed Khnifer takes on our Featured Structure section with an extensive analysis on the implementation of Islamic deposit insurance, with particular attention given to Malaysia's IDI framework. This is promptly followed by Lex Islamicus where ISRA'a Hakimah Yaacob provides a fresh approach to the standardisation debate, including novel references to international conventions for the harmonisation of private law and coordination of civil and commercial matters.

The Industry Snapshot welcomes back Mobasher Zein as he continues his analysis of an Islamic commodity-backed currency with further attention given to the monetary framework that would be required to make this happen. Last but certainly not least Toby Birch shares his views on our Opinion Column with regards to the underserved retail market in Islamic finance and what are some of the obstacles that need to be addressed in coming years.

Always glad to hear from our readers and welcoming all comments & suggestions and please 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.

Download the complete issue of Opalesque Islamic Finance Intelligence here.

Alternatively you can read each article separately in the OIFI Archive:
Editor’s Note: AAOIFI's Perestroika
Featured Resource: Linkedin Discussions - Highlights of 2010
Featured Structure: Towards a Universal Islamic Deposit Insurance System
Lex Islamicus: Standardisation v Harmonisation: Towards Recognition?
Industry Snapshot: Islamic Dinar Revisited
Opinion Column: Ready for Retail?

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