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Islamic Finance Attracts Both Islamic Law and Conventional Investors

Islamic Finance

The Islamic finance sector is the largest component of the halal economy. The halal economy comprises industries that conduct themselves in compliance with Shari’ah (Islamic law) requirements and is estimated to have been worth US$4tr in 2015, as published by Reuters Zawya in its annual report of the state of the halal economy. Islamic finance makes up $2tr (50%) of this market, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9% to reach $3.5tr in 2021.

This article is a description of the various aspects of Islamic finance, which now attracts both Sharia and conventional investors, and a case study of RMB’s role in Africa Finance Corporation’s issuance of its maiden Sukuk or bond.

Key Points

  • What is Islamic finance?
  • Who should consider Islamic financing?
  • What type of investor considers Islamic financing?
  • Types of structure in Islamic financing



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Nana Phiri and Ebrahim Moolla

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