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Islamic Finance in a Nutshell

A Guide for Non-Specialists


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Islamic Finance in a Nutshell by Brian B. Kettell
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The recent turbulence in the global financial markets has drawn attention to an alternative system of financial intermediation: Islamic banking and finance, which has so far remained on the sidelines of the unrest. Islamic Finance in a Nutshell is a quick and easy guide to understanding the fundamentals of Islamic Finance and how the Islamic Financial markets work. Designed as a quick read for practitioners needing to pick up the basics of the industry, it will enable readers to understand the differences Islamic and Western finance. Starting with the rise of Islamic finance, the book highlights the key areas which practitioners need to grasp to understand the marketplace including financial statement analysis, Sharia?a law, making money in the absence of interest and regulation. The book also provides readers with a basic guide to Arab terminology and a guide to the top financial institutions within the Islamic markets. This is an ideal guide for anyone with an interest in how these financial markets work, but who do not want to be bogged down in complex and unnecessary terminology.

Author Biography

Brian Kettell has a wealth of practical experience in theareas of Islamic banking and finance. He is currently based inLondon and works as a specialist Trainer and Consultant in Islamicbanking and finance. He worked for several years as an Economic Advisor for theCentral Bank of Bahrain where he had numerous Islamic bankingresponsibilities, and has taught courses on Islamic banking andfinance at a range of financial institutions including the WorldBank, National Commercial Bank (Saudi Arabia), Global InvestmentHouse (Kuwait), Noor Islamic Bank (UAE), the UK Treasury, theCentral Bank of Iran, the Central Bank of Syria, the SecuritiesInvestment Institute, the Institute for Financial Services andScotland Yard. Brian s vast academic expertise in Islamic finance ishighlighted by his role as Joint Editor of the Islamic FinanceQualification Handbook and his past teaching work at a numberof top universities worldwide including the London School ofEconomics, the City University of Hong Kong and London MetropolitanUniversity Business School. Brian s impressive list of publications include over 100articles in journals, business magazines and the financial pressincluding Islamic Business and Finance, Islamic Banking andFinance, the Central Banking Journal, Euromoney, the SecuritiesJournal and the International Currency Review . He hasalso published 16 books on banking and financial markets and is theauthor of Islamic Capital Markets and Introduction to IslamicBanking and Finance. Brian can be contacted at
Release date Australia
April 9th, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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