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Conference: Financial Services Providers and Consumer Protection - Two Worlds?"

Financial Services Providers and Consumer Protection - Two Worlds?"
Dear colleague and fellow stakeholder of financial services,

The European Coalition for Responsible Credit will be holding its international stakeholder conference “Financial Services Providers and Consumer Protection - Two Worlds?" on 2nd and 3rd July in Hamburg. The event, organised by coalition partner iff and supported by the German consumer associations and the working group on debt advice of the associations (AG SBV) will gather consumer organisations, debt and money advisers, bankers, financial service providers, policy makers, academics and politicians to discuss current issues in retail markets for financial services in Europe and elsewhere.


International Summer School on Social Banking 2010

Banking on values - what values?

From 18 to 23 July 2010, the third international Summer School on Social Banking and Social Finance will take place.

The following topics will be covered specifically

* Best practices in Social Banking
* Values in banking
* The impact of banking in society
* Microfinance
* Religion and banking
* Banking as a commons
* Social Banking 2.0
* Individual and organisational competencies for Social Banking
* New Economics
* The role of donations in the monetary system

Master Studies: Economic Change in the Arab Region

Arab countries are in different phases of economic development. However, many of them are struggling with organizing their economies during the process of transition. While elements of a market economy are sometimes implemented, this is often done on an ad hoc basis. Quite often, problems of economic development can be traced to two sources: poorly structured institutions and inadequate academic education of the local workforce. This Master’s course aims to offer modern economic knowledge to the Arab region and contribute to establishing a functioning market economy.

7th Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) Annual Summit

Kuala Lumpur, 22 March 2010 – As the global Islamic financial services industry gains momentum both in terms of confidence and recovery in a global economy that is still coming to terms with the twin effects of the credit crunch and financial crisis, the 7th Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) Annual Summit due to be held on 4th-5th May 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manama, Bahrain under the patronage of the Central Bank of Bahrain, is attracting wide spread interest from regulators and market participants from various parts of the world, including countries that are attending the Summit for the very first time.

The growing interest in Islamic finance from new markets and the industry’s ability in general to absorb the shocks of the financial crisis better than the conventional sector has prompted several countries and analysts to take a further or a new look at Islamic finance.

Ninth Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance: Building Bridges Across Financial Communities

The Ninth Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance, hosted by Harvard Law School’s Islamic Finance Project, will be held at Austin Hall, Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 27th- 28th, 2010. The theme of the conference will be “Building Bridges across Financial Communities” as it relates to the field of Islamic Finance.

The two-day conference will comprise a unique experimental structure: Three plenary sessions will explore the sub-themes of Faith and Finance, Social Responsibility, and Islamic Finance after the Global Crisis.

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LSE and Harvard Law School invite to public lecture in London: Global Perspective on Islamic Finance

The London School of Economics and Harvard Law School invite you to attend a public lecture in London:

Title: Global Perspective on Islamic Finance
Date: February 24, 2010
Time: 6:30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, London School of Economics

Stephen Green, Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings &
Dr M. Umer Chapra, Adviser, Islamic Development Bank, IRTI

Chair: Professor Sarah Worthington, LSE Pro-Director,

Please spread the word around among your colleagues and friends in London who can benefit from this public lecture.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

For questions, contact:

IFP at 617-496-2296 or 2297 or

Strassbourg, France: Second Workshop on Islamic Finance "What Islamic Finance does (not) change"

Title: Second Workshop on Islamic Finance "What Islamic Finance does (not) change"
Begin: 17.03.2010
End: 17.03.2010

European Research Group (Groupement de Recherche Européen (GDRE)) “Money, Banking & Finance” (Monnaie Banque Finance) and its working group Financial and Monetary European Integration (Intégration Monétaire et Financière Européenne); EM Strasbourg Business School; LARGE Research Center; Institut de Finance de Strasbourg

Contact: Laurent Weill (
Call for Papers: 18.12.2009

Abstract: With the forthcoming venue of Islamic banks in France and the worldwide growth of Islamic finance, the impact of Islamic banking presence and more generally of Islamic finance activities becomes of utmost interest. This academic workshop aims investigating these changes and more globally enhancing the scientific knowledge on Islamic finance.

After established the first diploma in Islamic Finance in continental Europe in January 2009, EM Strasbourg Business School will welcome this workshop.

France: Islamic Finance Seminar on Risk Management in Islamic Finance

If Islamic finance has been more resilient to the crisis than its conventional counterpart, it is because it is less risky, have found many industry players. However, this statement does not reflect the inherent risks of Islamic banks themselves. [...]

For this conference co-organized by the University Paris-Dauphine and Arrow Financial Consulting, six roundtables will address the specifics of risk management in Islamic banks (credit risk, market risk, operational risk, legal risk, risk liquidity risks in order of religious interpretation.

Paris Thursday, January 28, 2010

University Paris-Dauphine

Raymond Aron Hall 2 nd Floor

Place du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny 75775 PARIS Cedex 16


Ninth Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance, Building Bridges Across Financial Communities,

March 27-28, 2010, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA., USA

The Ninth Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance, hosted by Harvard Law School’s Islamic Finance Project, will be held at Austin Hall, Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 27th- 28th, 2010. The theme of the conference will be “Building Bridges across Financial Communities” as it relates to the field of Islamic Finance.

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Presentation Islamic Mortgage models for the German market

The Central Council of Muslims in Germany presented on the BAFIN Islamic Finance conference how mortgages for the Muslim community could look like, how large the market is and challenged the perception that there would be a need to change laws to avoid double real estate transfer tax; it shall rather work tax efficient with proper structuring and without changes. Hence, financial institutions are asked to provide equity and debt based mortgages for the Muslim market.

3rd World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists: Call for Submissions


New Horizons - Sound Strategies

The Ritz Carlton – Doha, Qatar

March 21-22, 2010


Deadline: November 30, 2009

The annual conference of World Conference of Muslim Philanthropists, now recognized as the most prestigious forum on Muslim philanthropy worldwide, invites papers as well as proposals for sessions and workshops showcasing innovative, cutting-edge and experimental work.


The conference will focus on how the integrated efforts of philanthropic, public and private sectors can effectively respond to the worsening global issues of hunger, poverty, disease, climate change and conflict. The forum will also host interactive roundtable discussions on Aid-effectiveness and Impediments to Building Capacity for Transformational Change. To further elucidate the theme “Building A Better World: New Horizons-Sound Strategies,” the conference will feature a special session on emerging markets philanthropy and global trends in giving.

Islamic Finance in North America

Yasaar media published a new report called Islamic Finance in North America 2009 for free download, which is co-published by Codexa Capital, UM Financial Group, King & Spalding, and Doha Islamic.

According to the report Islamic finance in North America has developed along two quite separate paths:

  • The first path focuses on retail Islamic finance and centres mostly on home financing products and credit cards.
  • The second path involves a number of high profile GCC-based Islamic investment banks and their deployment of hundreds of millions of dollars in private equity and real estate developments in North America.

Read the full report for free at the link below.

German regulator BAFIN organises Islamic finance conference

The German regulator BAFIN is organising an Islamic finance conference on 29 October 2009. The announcement is in German, but the conference is held in English. The conference shall show different aspects of Islamic finance, and to determine the salient features. Further it shall discuss the developments in the insurance sector and capital markets. The aim of the conference is to sharpen the conscience about Islamic finance und its increasing role, the foundations of sharia compliant business, and the challenges involved herewith from the regulatory perspective.

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Harvard Islamic Program: Call for Papers

The Ninth Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance is scheduled to be held at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts on 27-28 March, 2010.

The theme of the conference will be “Building Bridges across Financial Communities.” Papers are requested in the four following areas:





Candidates are requested to e-mail by 1 September 2009, in a Word document, the following to 150-word abstract of the proposed paper, Biographical sketch up to 200 words, Single-page list of presenter’s relevant publications.

Call for Papers "Waqf Laws & Management: Reality and Prospects"


for International Conference on
"Waqf Laws & Management: Reality and Prospects"

Jointly organized by

Management Centre (MC), Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws (AIKOL) and International Institute for Muslim Unity (IIMU), International Islamic University Malaysia

20 / 22 October 2009

Cultural Activity Centre (CAC),
International Islamic University Malaysia, Gombak Campus

You are cordially invited to contribute to the academic conference by writing a paper and sharing your valuable knowledge on one of the following dimensions of the conference:

Seminar Islamic finance opportunities in the Netherlands

Islamic finance is gaining ground in various jurisdictions, including the Netherlands. To fully benefit from the (inter)national opportunities Islamic finance has to offer, active government support, as seen in the UK, France and Luxembourg, is a must to further develop this form of sustainable financing.

The purpose of this seminar is to further discuss the opportunities, issues and challenges of Islamic finance.

Chairman of the seminar will be Salim Rabbani, chairman of the Netherlands-Middle East Business Council.

16:00 – 16:30 Welcome reception and registration
16:30 – 17:00 David Testa, CEO of Gatehouse Bank, elaborating on Islamic finance opportunities in Europe.
17:00 – 17:30 Kees Hooft and Niels Muller, heading Loyens & Loeff's Islamic finance team, discussing the Dutch tax and legal aspects of Islamic finance.

JAK School in English, 7-9 August, Malmo, Sweden

We are planning a JAK School in English in the summer 2009, between the 7th and the 9th of
August in Malmö, south of Sweden. It will be the first JAK School in English and we want to
make it a meeting point between JAK members who are working in the international
spreading of our ideas and people from abroad who have created (or would like to create)
other interest-free projects.

The programme and more details about the JAK School in English would be published in our
webpage and in the next issue of this newsletter. But you can already send your application if
you want to participate. Write us an e-mail to with your name, contact
details and the project in which you are involved in at your home country. We have limited
places: 15 guests from abroad, 10 guests from Sweden.

JAK School in English is free (including accommodation and maintenance) but the travel
should be fixed by the participants themselves.

Faith in Capitalism - 16th June 2009, 09:30 – 12:30, London

16th June 2009, 09:30 – 12:30
Islamic Cultural Centre - London Central Mosque, Regents
Park, London

Faith in Capitalism
A ground-breaking conference for financial representatives
of faith institutions and thoughtful investment management

Increasing awareness of the social impact of investment is
driving many thoughtful investors, especially private
clients, family offices, endowment funds and those having
strong faith values, towards a new philosophy of “Making
money and stewarding it responsibly”.

The morning’s presentations will include a Keynote Address
on “Faith in Capitalism” and panel discussions debating
“What does faith tell us about responsible investing?” and
“How can investors do good while making money?”

Do not miss this exceptional opportunity to gain a fresh,
inspirational perspective from renowned experts on
faith-based and sustainable investing. The conference will
be open to questions and comments from the audience, and
promises to be a uniquely informative event with
unprecedented opportunities for networking. There is no
charge to attend, thanks to the following sponsors:

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