Whose legitimacy? Islamic finance and the global financial order

Rethel, Lena,(2011), Whose legitimacy? Islamic finance and the global financial order. , Review of International Political Economy, UNSPECIFIED

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Islamic finance is a fast growing segment of international financial Deriving its core principles from the Quran and the Sharia, the objective Islamic finance is to install a more equitable financial and economic that at the same time is transaction-friendly. Thus, Islam could a foundation for the inclusion of the ethical and moral dimensions of eco- nomics and markets. This coincides with rising demand for Islamic financial products. Indeed, recent years have witnessed increasing efforts to develop and to institutionalise Islamic capital markets and above all, to make Islamic finance acceptable (and thus investable) to the mainstream. In this article, I use the question of legitimacy to explore whether Islamic finance offers an alternative to the existing international financial order. To this end, I take a closer look at the knowledge base from which Islamic financial products are constructed and assessed as well as the emerging international regulatory framework for Islamic financial markets. I conclude that efforts to expand the social constituency of Islamic finance to the transnational sphere of global finance are overly focused on its epistemic legitimation as normal financial activity. As a consequence, the currently emerging power, knowledge and governance structures for Islamic finance tend to emulate, and therefore largely reproduce, the existing global financial.
Keywords : Islamic finance; financial regulation; Sharia compliance; legitimacy; finance, UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title: Review of International Political Economy
Volume: 18
Number: 1
Item Type: Article
Subjects: Ekonomi Islam
Depositing User: Heru Prastyo
Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2019 05:37
Last Modified: 30 Dec 2019 05:37
URI: https://repofeb.undip.ac.id/id/eprint/1183

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