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Russia: Market Emerging for Islamic Finance

| 15/04/2011 | Reply
Russia: Market Emerging for Islamic Finance

Russia is the most attractive of the four BRIC countries for Islamic investment because it’s relatively stable, close to the Middle East and has an established legal system and infrastructure, said Abas Jalil, executive director of AmanahRaya Capital Group in Malaysia.

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Cashing in On the Halal Food Industry

| 14/04/2011 | Reply
Cashing in On the Halal Food Industry

Thomson Reuters and Ideals ratings announced the launch of the world’s first halal food indices, called SAMI (Socially Acceptably Market Investments) Halal Food Index and SAMI Halal Participation Index in Malaysia.

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World’s first Halal food index launched

| 13/04/2011 | 1 Reply
World’s first Halal food index launched

Move paves way for halal industry to become asset class Published Wednesday, April 13, 2011 The halal food industry has now become an asset class within the investment community with the launch of the world’s first halal food indices, called SAMI (Socially Acceptably Market Investments) Halal Food Index and SAMI Halal Participation Index. The formal […]

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Industry lacks interaction with Halal food business

| 11/04/2011 | Reply
Industry lacks interaction with Halal food business

The connectivity should be natural given that they are supposedly both part of the Halal Activities Paradigm, of which finance and food are but two trillion-plus dollar components.

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Malaysia: Halal food index growing at fast pace

| 05/04/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Halal food index growing at fast pace

The SAMI Halal Food index and its sister index, the SAMI Halal Participation Index, were launched during the WHF yesterday.

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Malaysian firms form core of SAMI Halal Food Index

| 05/04/2011 | 1 Reply
Malaysian firms form core of SAMI Halal Food Index

Malaysian listed food companies form over a third of the 274 companies in the newly-launched SAMI (Socially Acceptable Market Investments) Halal Food Index.

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Opinion: Reuniting the ‘twins separated at birth’

| 04/04/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Reuniting the ‘twins separated at birth’

The halal industry has failed to convey its business model to Islamic finance in the language the latter understands: financing real estate, tangible assets, etc. Instead, Islamic finance, with its own issues on the lack of standardisation hears repeatedly about halal issues like ingredients, stunning, lack of certification consensus, etc. i.e. controversy!

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Malaysia: World Halal Forum to highlight halal trade

| 31/03/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: World Halal Forum to highlight halal trade

At the upcoming World Halal Forum to be held in KL Convention Centre from April 4-5, themed Towards a Halal Economy: The Power of Values in Global Markets’, HSBC Amanah Malaysia, along with other industry experts, will shed some light on the relevant of Islamic finance in the mainstream industries and how small and medium industries can benefit from it.

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Radio Interview with WHF Director

| 19/03/2011 | Reply
Radio Interview with WHF Director

Abdalhamid Evans, Director of the World Halal Forum was interviewed of KL’s business station BFM about new trends in the Halal market that will be part of this years WHF on 4-5 April at KLCC.

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UK: Islamic Finance Roundtable deliberates on ‘public good’

| 16/03/2011 | Reply
UK: Islamic Finance Roundtable deliberates on ‘public good’

Public good is one concept that is common to both conventional and Islamic finance. The values advocated by the Shariah are not only confined to the detailed technical aspects of transactions, but also in the extent to which the objectives of the Shariah are achieved. If every aspect of Islamic finance were to be subject to a public good test, arguably no negative repercussion could ever arise.

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Opinion: Time right for growth of Islamic finance

| 16/03/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Time right for growth of Islamic finance

The halal food industry has greater brand recognition and penetration than Islamic finance among the 1.6 billion Muslims. But how many Muslims know about Islamic finance and, more important, how many are participants, the bankable 2 to 3 per cent?

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Opinion: Dubai on Empty

| 13/03/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Dubai on Empty

Its skyline erupting from the desert in just two decades, Dubai is a cautionary tale about what money can’t buy: a culture of its own. After gorging on the Viagra of easy credit, the emirate has the world’s tallest building, the world’s most expensive racetrack, and a financial crisis to match. A. A. Gill discovers that no one truly belongs in Dubai, where the legacy of oil has made everything worthless.

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Responding to demand for Islamic Microfinance

| 09/03/2011 | Reply
Responding to demand for Islamic Microfinance

High unemployment, poverty, and low levels of financial access in Muslim countries continue to create high demand for microfinance. While conventional microfinance has successfully reached large numbers of poor in Muslim countries (most notably, Bangladesh and Indonesia), there is evidence to suggest that there are many potential clients of microfinance that categorically reject products that do not comply with Islamic principles.

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Women Farmers a Force in Fighting Global Food Shortages

| 09/03/2011 | Reply
Women Farmers a Force in Fighting Global Food Shortages

Better investments in female farmers would prevent malnourishment in 100-150 million people, because of the ways women are likely to allocate resources in a food-shortage-threatened world.

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Pakistan: ECC ratifies amendments in trade policy

| 02/03/2011 | Reply
Pakistan:  ECC ratifies amendments in trade policy

Equity investment worth $1.5 crore has also been sanctioned for Holland-backed investment in Pakistan to be spent by Engro on export of Halal food items to Holland.

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Opinion: Of Faith, Finance, Food and fashion

| 01/03/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Of Faith, Finance, Food and fashion

An interview with Dinar Standard CEO Rafi-uddin Shikoh from Rushdi Siddiqui’s regular ‘Islamic Finance 2.0′ column in Business Times of Malaysia.

“We are defining the ’emerging Muslim markets’ as the inter-connected over US$7 trillion (RM21.35 trillion) OIC member country economies, the over US$1.8 trillion (RM5.49 trillion) global Muslim consumer market, and the over US$1 trillion (RM3.05 trillion) Islamic Finance industry. There is tremendous connectivity and opportunities that exist within these three segments and we feel that collectively they are as large as any other emerging market today.”

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Opinion: Islamic Finance’s Real Economy Leadership Agenda

| 28/02/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic Finance’s Real Economy Leadership Agenda

Dinar Standard founder Rafi’uddin Shikoh comments that if the vision of Islamic Finance is a financial system that seeks profits while ensuring the religious considerations of sharing risk and returns and supporting an ethical society with a potential to serve a global audience, then the reality of today’s industry value proposition is only partially hitting the mark.

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Brunei: Bolstering the base for Islamic Finance

| 26/02/2011 | Reply
Brunei: Bolstering the base for Islamic Finance

BRUNEI Darussalam’s Islamic financial sector is set to expand in the coming years, following a series of advances that will strengthen its operational and regulatory base and bridge some of the gaps that have restricted the development of new products and services.

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Global Food Crisis: A Bowl of Opportunities for Muslim World

| 03/02/2011 | Reply
Global Food Crisis: A Bowl of Opportunities for Muslim World

Dinar Standard founder Rafi’uddin Shikoh will be presenting “Food Security and Opportunities in OIC Markets” at the World Halal Forum on 4-5 April.

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Rushdi Siddiqui – A Pioneer in Islamic Finance’s Global Prominence

| 03/02/2011 | Reply
Rushdi Siddiqui – A Pioneer in Islamic Finance’s Global Prominence

Rushdi Siddiqui will be speaking at the 6th World Halal Forum in Kuala Lumpur on 4-5 April 2011 on ‘The Tipping Point for Halal and Islamic Finance’.

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