Asst. Prof. Dr.


Kinan Salim

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Phd (Islamic Finance), INCEIF
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Islamic finance; Sustainable finance; Banking
Asst. Prof. Dr. Kinan Salim is an Assistant Professor at INCEIF. He has been engaged in a variety of projects and provided services to leading institutions in finance and Islamic finance. Early in his career, he served as Head of Corporate Finance in Cham Islamic Bank in Syria. Prior to his PhD, he obtained a Master's degree in Islamic finance from INCEIF, a Master in Banking and Financial Science from The Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Sciences, a Diploma (post-graduate) in Financial and Monetary Economic and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics. He intends to focus on Islamic digital economy and sustainable finance amongst other research area.

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    Big data analytics and Islamic banking
    Mhd Osama Alchaar; Neha Sarah Noushad; Kinan Salim (INCEIF, 2019)

    As the Fintech evolution transforms the banking sectors worldwide, the players in the market are hard-pressed to experiment the tremendous opportunities that the application of the likes of Blockchain, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence et cetera would have on the financial world. As the volume of the data continue to expand, the possibilities that this raw data materializes in the form of opportunities lean towards limitless. Organizations such as financial institutions must be vigilant of the prospects that such data can reveal and the extend of leverage that they can exercise to build insights for their consumers, products, and services. Big data analytics have alone become the driving force for digital innovations and transformation of banks.

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    Criteria for determining the Shari'ah compliance of shares: a fiqhi synthesis
    Shamsiah Mohamad; Farrukh Habib; Kinan Salim (ISRA, 2018)

    Shari'ah has specific rules for dealing in each class of assets and activities; i.e., cash, debt, goods, usufruct, and those classified as either halal (permissible) or haram (impermissible). These rulings can be easily applied when such an asset or activity is an independent subject matter of a transaction. However, the issue becomes complicated when an asset or activity is mixed with others and the combination is represented as a single subject matter. A fine example of this situation is shares of a joint stock company. A company share represents all the activities and underlying assets of that company. Some of the activities and assets of that company may be Shari'ah non-compliant while some may be Shari'ah compliant. Such assets can be in any form; i.e., cash, debt, goods, usufruct or rights. There are two main issues that need to be dealt with in considering a company's shares: (1) when it represents a mixture of halal and haram activities and assets, and (2) when it represents a mixture of ribawi and non-ribawi assets.

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    Switching costs and bank competition: evidence from dual banking economies
    Siti K. Rizkiah; Mustafa Disli; Ahmad Lutfi Abdul Razak; Kinan Salim (Elsevier B.V., 2021)

    There is a strong theoretical foundation that demonstrates costs of switching as one of the main barriers in creating a healthy level of competition. Switching costs might even be more prevalent for Islamic banks due to Shariah dimension since Shariah driven customers are limited to only switch to banks that offer Shariah-compliant products. However, the banking market is not completely segmented as Islamic banking clients can switch to conventional banks, and vice versa. This paper examines the degree of switching costs in Islamic and conventional banks, and investigates its influence on bank competition in dual banking economies. We find that conventional banks inherit higher switching costs than Islamic banks. The finding is consistent for all countries in the sample except for Malaysia and Bahrain. We also find that switching costs during the global financial crisis are higher than the rest of the years. We further document a significant negative relationship between switching costs and bank competition, while this relationship is more pronounced for Islamic banks.

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    Islamic banking: business model, issues and challenges
    Kinan Salim; Mansor H. Ibrahim (RAM Holdings Berhad, 2017)

    The Islamic banking sector has ascended to be systematically important in several OIC countries particularly in Malaysia and the GCC. Globally, the sector has recorded a double digit growth rate far exceeding the growth rate of its conventional counterpart. Its sustained growth in the provision of financial services founded on Islamic principles even during crisis episodes, especially duting the recent global financial crisis, makes Islamic banking gain traction even in the non-Muslim world. Over recent years, it has made its presence in such countries as Switzerland, the UK, and the USA.

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    High time for Islamic banks to show they are indeed value-based intermediaries
    Shinaj Valangattil Shamsudheen; Noor Haini Akmal Abu Bakar; Wiaam Hassan; Kinan Salim; Baharom Abdul Hamid; Ziyaad Mahomed (INCEIF, 2020)

    The novel COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented human crisis around the globe. The necessary actions implemented to contain the virus have sparked both economic and social downturn. It shows the fragility and unpreparedness of the economy to face such a pandemic. Significant weakening of economic conditions has escalated the pressure on households, businesses and financial markets. Governments all over the globe are in the process of formulating and implementing appropriate policies to continue economic activities amidst this turmoil. Financial institutions are obligated to respond towards the policies adopted by respective governments.

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    An analysis of market structure and competitive dynamics in dual banking systems
    Kinan Salim (INCEIF, 2017)

    Islamic banks have proliferated and emerged as important players in the global banking industry especially in the Muslim-Majority countries. The recent increase in the number and market share of Islamic banks has intensified the competition in this new industry. Despite its importance, the increasing competition in Islamic banking market not only from its own Islamic peers, but also from commercial banks has not been adequately addressed nor its consequences have been investigated. This summary aims to shed the light the market structure and the evolution of the competition under dual banking system.

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    The impact of competition/concentration on efficiency in dual banking system
    Kinan Salim; Mansor H. Ibrahim; Baharom Abdul Hamid (INCEIF, 2017)

    Islamic banks have proliferated and emerged as important players in the global banking industry especially in the Muslim-majority countries. The recent increase in the number and market share of Islamic banks has intensified the competition in this new industry. Despite its importance, the increasing competition in Islamic banking market not only from its own Islamic peers, but also from commercial banks has not been adequately addressed nor its consequences have been investigated. This thesis aims to shed the light on this important issue by investigating the effect of competition on the efficiency of both Islamic and conventional banks ...

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    Structural changes, competition and bank stability in Malaysia's dual banking system
    Moutaz Abojeib; Lau Wee Yeap; Kinan Salim; Mansor H. Ibrahim (Elsevier B.V., 2019)

    This paper assesses Malaysia's competition landscape and its risk implications subsequent to conventional banking consolidation and Islamic banking penetration in the aftermath of the 1997/1998 Asian financial crisis. Employing a panel sample of conventional and Islamic commercial banks, it arrives at the following conclusions. First, the consolidation exercise, which has led to a significant reduction in the number of domestic commercial banks, has not stifled banking competition. Second, the paper provides empirical support for the competition-stability relationship, particularly for the conventional banking sector. Islamic banking sector risk appears to be neutral to market competition or market power, although there is limited evidence that it increases with overall market concentration. Finally, the analysis uncovers the risk-increasing effect of the Islamic banking market structure on the conventional banking sector. By contrast, conventional banking market concentration tends to reduce the credit risk of Islamic banks

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    Criteria for determining the Shari'ah compliance of shares: a fiqhi analysis
    Shamsiah Mohamad; Farrukh Habib; Kinan Salim; Marjan Muhammad (ISRA, 2015)

    As the Islamic finance industry continues to gain popularity in the financial sphere, the number of faithful investors who are interested in Shari'ah-compliant avenues for their investments also continues to increase. One of the most important of these is the equity market. However, it is evident in today's world that it is hard to find a joint stock company whose activities are completely compliant to Shari'ah principles and rulings. As a share of a company represents all the activities and underlying assets of the company, the Shari'ah noncompliance issue can emerge in the share. While the primary activities of a company are Shari'ah-compliant, its peripheral activities may be impermissible from the Shari'ah viewpoint. Meanwhile, the assets of the company can also be in the form of cash, debt, goods, usufruct or rights, which can raise the issue of trading ribawi (interest-based) items. Thus, the study addresses the issue of Shari'ah compliance and tradability of shares that represent a mixture of halal (permissible in Islamic law) and haram (impermissible in Islamic law) activities and assets.

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    The impact of sustainable banking practices on bank stability
    Mustafa Disli; Ng Adam Boon Ka; Ginanjar Dewandaru; Malik Abdulrahman Nkoba; Kinan Salim (Elsevier, 2023)

    This study seeks to examine whether corporate environmental performance (CEP) and corporate social performance (CSP) affect stability of the banking industry. The topic is of much interest to researchers and policy makers considering the growing demand to integrate environmental and social practices into banking business model. Based on a panel dataset of 473 banks in 74 countries, this research finds that CEP is negatively related to bank stability as measured by non-performing loans (NPL). However, the impact is insignificant for small and large banks, as well as for banks in countries with low environmental scores. Furthermore, CSP does not appear to have a significant relationship with bank stability, but financial product safety, which is an aspect of CSP, does. The results are robust to a variety of econometric specifications and have significant policy implications for investors, bankers and regulators.

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    The impact of competition on banks efficiency: do business model and corporate governance matter: evidence from dual banking system
    Kinan Salim; Baharom Abdul Hamid; Mansor H. Ibrahim (INCEIF, 2017)

    Islamic banking industry has unprecedentedly witnessed a rapid growth since its inception four decades back in the late 1970s. However, the prospect of this flourishing industry is fast becoming gloomy in recent years. The growth of Islamic banking almost matches the conventional banking, and their products are hardly distinguishable. Although the market growth slows down in the aftermath of the global financial crises in 2008, the Islamic banking market has witnessed increasing competition. Islamic banks become more competitive and they managed to increase their market share meanwhile, conventional banks have successfully responded to the challenge by launching Islamic windows and subsidiaries. The increasing competition is considered as one of the main challenges that face Islamic banks, specifically, their performance.