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Islamic Finance

Principles and Practice

Hans Visser

Hans Visser, Professor Emeritus of Money and Banking and International Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2009 200 pp Hardback 978 1 84542 525 8
2010 Paperback 978 1 84980 882 8
ebook isbn 978 1 84844 947 3

Hardback £83.00 on-line price £74.70

Paperback £22.00 on-line price £17.60


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‘Islamic Finance is a welcome critical contribution to the growing body of literature on Islamic economics, banking and finance. As one would expect from an eminent and respected scholar, Visser has provided the reader with much food for thought. This stimulating book raises some serious questions which need to be addressed and provides valuable source material for researchers and students of Islamic finance.’
– Abul Hassan, The Muslim World Bank Review


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Hans Visser presents a fascinating study of both the foundations of Islamic finance and its recent developments. This highly topical book explores the products and practices of Islamic finance, specifically targeting the tensions that may arise between the ideology and the practices.

The author describes the forms Islamic finance has taken, analyzes the problems that it faces, and confronts the practice of Islamic finance with the principles it is based upon. He presents a dispassionate discussion of the problems facing Islamic forms of finance, including the question of how to reconcile activities such as liquidity management, monetary policy and government finance with Islamic principles.

Islamic finance is an especially momentous phenomenon, and this book will prove an essential read for students with an interest in money and banking, and particularly Islamic finance. It will also be highly influential for bankers and staff in financial institutions, as well as financial journalists, politicians and civil servants dealing with the financial industry.

Full table of contents

Contents: Introduction 1. Why Islamic Finance? 2. Sources of Islamic Law 3. The Islamic Economy 4. Financial Instruments 5. Islamic Banks 6. Special Sectors 7. Public Finance and the Monetary Authorities 8. Islamic Finance: A Tentative Verdict Appendices A. The Quran on Riba B. The Quran on Maysir C. The Bible on Interest D. Useful Web Adresses References Index

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