The International Shariah Research Academy for Islamic Finance

2ND ISRA Colloquium 2012 Islamic Finance in a Challenging Economy: Moving Forward

On 27 November 2012, the International Shariah Research Academy will host its 2nd colloquium, which is part of initiative to provide a venue for young scholars in Islamic finance. The main topic of the colloquium shall be: Moving Forward reflects the challenges to be addressed as well as tasks to be accomplished by Islamic finance in the next stage of its development. Among the participants will be the Honorable Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia.

Shariah experts push for scholar certificates

Leading Islamic finance scholars are preparing the first global certification for Shariah experts, seeking to bolster the industry’s reputation and make it easier for banks to find qualified advisers. The International Shariah Research Academy for Islamic Finance in Kuala Lumpur will pick a board of regulators by year- end to issue permits for scholars qualified to sit on Shariah boards. The scholars decide whether financial products meet the religion’s precepts, including a ban on interest payments. Scholars are now required to have recognized university degrees before they can act as advisers to banks and companies. The council of scholars at the academy includes Sheikh Nizam Yaquby of Bahrain, Mohammad Daud Bakar of Malaysia and Abdul Sattar Abu Ghuddah of Syria. A centralized regulator for scholars will help increase investment because banks would save time in choosing experts to ensure products meet religious principles. The institution doesn’t plan to restrict scholars on the number of advisory panels they can join.

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