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 – 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…

Blockchains through the Lens of Islamic Economics

Verifiability, traceability, immutability, validation through consensus, sharing through network, inter-generational distribution - attributes and concepts common to block chain methodology have a root in Islamic scholarship. The “chain” played a significant role in shaping the contours of Islamic economics, by creating the authenticated and tamper-proof records of the words of God and the words and…