Category: Opinion

Opinion: Ibn Battuta, the first ‘Islamic’ tourist

| 01/04/2014 | Reply
Opinion: Ibn Battuta, the first ‘Islamic’ tourist

The Muslim dollar is respectably contributing to world tourism, and companies and countries want to access, retain, and grow this segment of the market.

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China aims to change perceptions of halal

| 31/03/2014 | Reply
China aims to change perceptions of halal

China has yet to develop a standardized accreditation process. Currently, local ethnic affairs commissions handle certification in accordance with provincial and regional regulations.

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Muslim and Jewish leaders visit Denmark to call for meat ban to be reversed

| 28/03/2014 | Reply
Muslim and Jewish leaders visit Denmark to call for meat ban to be reversed

Organised by Samia Hathroubi, co-ordinator of the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding, was formed to respond to growing Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in Europe.

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ASEAN links rising but 2015 integration hard

| 25/03/2014 | 1 Reply
ASEAN links rising but 2015 integration hard

Southeast Asia is unlikely to hit a target of integrating its 10 economies by 2015, but the group has much potential to be a trading hub for Asia.

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Opinion: Halal Industry: Fact, Fiction or ‘Faction’

| 24/03/2014 | Reply
Opinion: Halal Industry: Fact, Fiction or ‘Faction’

The key for halal industry growth development entails separating fact from fiction and ‘faction’, much like its more established brethren, Islamic finance.

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Opinion: To stun or not to stun, that is not the question

| 23/03/2014 | Reply
Opinion: To stun or not to stun, that is not the question

By banning religious slaughter in Denmark and Poland it has highlighted the inhumane treatment of animals in the dark world of factory farming.

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UAE: Demand grows for Halal food as industry evolves

| 13/03/2014 | Reply
UAE: Demand grows for Halal food as industry evolves

The world’s Muslim population is estimated at around 1.6 billion, and the majority is believed to adhere to or prefer to adhere to halal products when possible.

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UK: Why Religious Slaughter Must Stay

| 11/03/2014 | Reply
UK: Why Religious Slaughter Must Stay

Muslims are instructed to eat meat that is “halal and tayyib (pure)”. This means the animals must be cared for well, fed natural foods, be treated with kindness. In fact, Islam set down what we would now term as “animal rights” some 1,500 years ago.

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Opinion: DinarStandard supports Dubai as Islamic Economy Capital

| 10/03/2014 | Reply
Opinion: DinarStandard supports Dubai as Islamic Economy Capital

In an exclusive interview with Rafi-uddin Shikoh, founder and CEO of DinarStandard, we meet the man who established a successful research and advisory firm.

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Opinion: Halal labeling: The next gold mine?

| 01/03/2014 | Reply
Opinion: Halal labeling: The next gold mine?

The worldwide food industry is paying attention to detail to fulfill Muslim halal requirements by avoiding some substances or ingredients.

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Denmark’s ban says more about human hypocrisy than animal welfare

| 24/02/2014 | Reply
Denmark’s ban says more about human hypocrisy than animal welfare

To complain about the halal or kosher slaughter of battery chickens or factory farmed veal is a truly monstrous absurdity.

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Opinion: Brand Islam is fast becoming the new black in marketing terms

| 19/02/2014 | Reply
Opinion: Brand Islam is fast becoming the new black in marketing terms

The Islamic economic force is about much more than ‘meat and money’. Muslim majority and minority markets, while rooted in Islamic principles, transcend faith.

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Halal sectors should not look to Islamic finance’s laissez faire sharia model

| 18/02/2014 | Reply
Halal sectors should not look to Islamic finance’s laissez faire sharia model

Kuwait Central bank governor points out the systemic weaknesses in Islamic Finance’s supervisory structures, and advises other Halal sectors not to copy them.

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Opinion: Challenges for private equity in Halal industry

| 09/02/2014 | Reply
Opinion: Challenges for private equity in Halal industry

The challenge comes down to integrity risks. We need to start the process of owning the halal-agro-food supply chain.

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Opinion: Welcome to the Halal economy

| 06/02/2014 | Reply
Opinion: Welcome to the Halal economy

Dubai now sees a much larger story unfolding, which goes well beyond the boundaries of mere Islamic banking or finance.

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Opinion: What the ‘Islamic Economy’ Means for Islamic Finance

| 15/01/2014 | Reply
Opinion: What the ‘Islamic Economy’ Means for Islamic Finance

Dubai would like to create certified standards for a variety of industries. To do this with Islamic finance, AAOIFI-compliance will be a key component.

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Thailand: Uncontrolled growth of halal food sector

| 12/01/2014 | Reply
Thailand: Uncontrolled growth of halal food sector

An increase in the number of non-Muslims also preferring Halal foods has led to the uncontrolled growth of the halal food sector. Certifications are not strict enough.

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Opinion: Islamic economy – leap of faith

| 09/01/2014 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic economy – leap of faith

The Islamic economy is rising rapidly as a major economic paradigm driving growth in the post-crisis world.

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Opinion: Moving on to the next level in the new year

| 27/12/2013 | Reply
Opinion:  Moving on to the next level in the new year

We, in Islamic finance and the halal industry, have control of some aspects of our destiny, others we hope we have control over, and, still others, we can only say “Insha’llah”.

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Malaysia: Halal industry enters new phase with ‘grey areas’

| 16/12/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Halal industry enters new phase with ‘grey areas’

Halal industry experts believe the use of alcohol derivatives and other additives in food and beverages has resulted in “grey areas”.

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