Heaven's Bankers

Heaven's Bankers

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Inside the Hidden World of Islamic Finance

Islamic finance is redefining the global financial landscape. But is it really a transparent solution to ethical banking? Can it maintain its ideals of social justice, or is it guilty of the very dangers that it seeks to avoid? Harris Irfan's blog expands on the themes in his critically acclaimed book, Heaven's Bankers, the only insider's narrative about the Islamic finance industry.
By Harris Irfan    2 years ago
Dubai: Global Hub for Islamic Finance
You may be aware that we recently put out a white paper based on data provided by Thomson Reuters that seeks to propel Dubai to the forefront of the Islamic asset management industry. Discussed on CNBC Arabiya from minute 3 onwards The full paper is here: http://www.rasmala.com/productfiles/TransformingWhitePaper.pdf Key points: Despite huge international potential, th...
By Harris Irfan    2 years ago
"Haste Ye Back": IF and ESG in EDI
Edinburgh, Scotland: The location for the Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF), this week. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.  Sporting a no-nonsense air of authority and a bristling moustache, the master of ceremonies looks like the kind of man you’d want on your side in a fight.  His life journey is etched on his face and his stance and assured bearing clearly ma...
By Harris Irfan    2 years ago
The Nature of Money
Conscious Capitalism - Banking and the role of religion. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. ISLAMIC BANKING AND CONSCIOUS CAPITALISM At the January 2010 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the erudite and prolific Sharia scholar, Muhammad Taqi Usmani, was invited to present a paper with a somewhat radical theme: reforming the world’s post-crisis financial l...
By Harris Irfan    2 years ago
Could Islamic finance save capitalism?
The Royal Exchange in London - founded in the 16th century as a centre of commerce for the City of London. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.    In 2010, the World Economic Forum invited a theologian to speak on the subject of an alternative economic system, putting stewardship of our planet at its core.  The unassuming but renowned scholar of Islamic juri...
By Harris Irfan    2 years ago
Adair Turner on the politics of finance, Harris Irfan on Islamic finance, Charles Calomiris on the failure of government, and novelist Maggie Gee keeping it real by turning her wrath on the bankers on the 75th anniversary of Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03w0110 This post was originally published in heavensbankers.com, on 6 June...
By Harris Irfan    2 years ago
Harris Irfan talks to Manuela Saragosa on the BBC World Service: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02cf0rb This post was originally published in heavensbankers.com, on 27 November 2014.