Islamic DeFi: Back to Basics – V

In the first and second blogs dedicated to the subject of Islamic Decentralized Finance (DeFi) we attempted to trace the trajectory of what we know as mainstream Islamic finance. We discussed the entire range of adoptions and adaptations of classical contracts adding up to constitute the Islamic financial system. With the benefit of hindsight, we…

Islamic DeFi: Back to Basics – IV

Simplicity is not just a virtue. It is an imperative in Islamic finance. Let us keep the game simple and comprehensible. Let us play the game differently. Part I | Part II | Part III Now-a-days I receive at least one headline pertaining to the crypto world among many others, as I click on Google,…

Islamic DeFi: Back to Basics – III

In the current whirlpool of speculation at Digital Asset Exchanges, speculative cryptos will drive out non-speculative ones from circulation. Click here for Part 1 of this series | Click here for Part 2 of this series Paper money was introduced almost four Centuries after the birth of the first Islamic state in Madinah. I presume…

Islamic DeFi: Back to Basics – II

DeFi, we should. Disrupt, we must. (Click here for Part 1 of this series) The positive contribution of Islamic microfinance to Islamic finance in general was the dichotomy it presented. There were the Grameen-type Islamic replications. There were also the indigenously born Baitul Maals and Qard Funds. Islamic microfinance was also practiced by Islamic non-profit…

Islamic DeFi: Back to Basics – I

The trajectory of the mainstream Islamic financial services sector, as we understand, has never been smooth. The maiden experiments in Islamic banking and finance perhaps started with the birth of institutions like the Dubai Islamic Bank and the Islamic Development Bank in the mid-1970s. A new breed of scholars, known as Islamic economists, dominated all…

Multi-Level Marketing (MLM): Is it an Ethical Game? – II

From our archives: IBF Review – Vol 1, No.16-17 September 2004 Pyramid or endless-chain distributor schemes ask people to make an investment and, in return, grant them a license to recruit others who, in turn, recruit still others into the scheme. In essence, the investor pays for the opportunity to receive compensation when his or…

Multi-Level Marketing (MLM): Is it an Ethical Game? – I

From our archives: IBF Review – Vol 1, No.16-17 September 2004 If you haven't been approached so far by someone from Amway or Gold Quest or Herbalife or Biznas, you have reasons to feel bad. This perhaps means that you still have a long way to go before you are perceived as someone with good…

Contemporary Awqaf and SDGs – II

Waqf projects relating to economic empowerment of women (SDG5) have largely focused on decent work (SDG8). We may therefore, discuss them together. Projects have specifically focused on skill enhancement & assistance (SDG8.5 and SDG5), such as tailoring and dress making (YMA, Kenya and JCorp. Malaysia), mushroom cultivation (IWF in Indonesia), citronella and other cash crops…

Contemporary Awqaf and SDGs – I

In a recent blog I presented a framework for identifying action points for the awqaf sector to help achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs). This was a component of our overall research agenda to examine the (mis)alignment between SDGs and Maqasid-Al-Shariah (MaS) and the role of Islamic social finance sector in general and awqaf sector…

When an SoS Turns into a Profiteering Opportunity

A real-life story that argues for waqf to play its desired role in curbing price anomalies and profiteering opportunities in the provision of essential services by introducing a fair benchmark in the market These are unusual times indeed. One keeps hearing about the rising graph of people affected by the pandemic and the consequent huge…