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The Transformation of Islamic Law in Global Financial Markets


  • Date Published: January 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107061507

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  • The role of global capital in relation to human social systems has assumed enormous proportions in liberalised, deregulated markets. States attempt to nationalise it, financial centres spring up in its wake, and INGOs attempt to deal with its de-territorialising, supranational characteristics. A global adjudication system (arbitration) has been introduced to safeguard and buttress its flow. The power of Islamic capital has generated numerous sites of legal contestation and negotiation, ranging from gateway financial centres, international law firms and transnational financial institutions, all of which interact in the production of Islamic financial law (IFL). The process of producing IFL illustrates complex fields of action driven by power dynamics, neoliberal paradigms and the institutional momentum of the global economy. The municipal legal systems under study in this book (the United Kingdom, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and the Dubai International Financial Centre) illustrate globalisation's acceleration of legal, economic and social production.

    • Case studies encourage readers to assess the different regulatory approaches to Islamic finance and the ways in which these differences contribute to the developing legal system
    • Provides readers with a comparative perspective of the way in which legal systems interact and are reproduced in global markets
    • Suggests that diversity in the global economy takes place within a dynamic power structure in which leading economies largely dictate the rules, standards and best practices of financial markets
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    'The book provides a good introduction for readers interested in Islamic finance and adds to the growing body of literature on this subject. It is especially useful for gaining insight into the law and practice of Islamic finance within the four countries studied, the UK, Bahrain, UAE and Dubai. The findings will be the interest of researchers, consultants, regulators and the public.' Sheila Htay, Banking and Finance Law Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107061507
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 160 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The sharia: sources, legal theory and unofficial sources of law
    3. Islamic commercial doctrine and classical commercial transactions
    4. Global financial markets and legal transformation
    5. Vehicular legal systems: the legislative implementation of sharia principles
    6. The regulation of Islamic financial institutions in the United Kingdom
    7. The regulation of Islamic financial institutions in Bahrain
    8. The regulation of Islamic financial institutions in the United Arab Emirates
    9. The regulation of Islamic financial institutions in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
    10. The enforcement of non-national legal systems: the arbitration of Islamic financial disputes
    11. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Jonathan Ercanbrack, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
    Jonathan G. Ercanbrack is Lecturer in the Law of Islamic Finance and Assistant Director of the Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law at SOAS, University of London.

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