The case for universal banking as a component of Islamic banking

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Universal banking is one of the main components of Islamic banking. Islamic banks provide finance to enterprises through either sharing directly in the net results of their activities or financing their purchases of assets, goods and services on credit. We can therefore expect Islamic banks to hold equity in corporations and sit on their boards of directors. This paper aims to put forward the case of universal banking as a part of Islamic banking. A large amount of literature is surveyed that comes from banking theory, macroeconomic and monetary theory, as well as empirical studies about banking practices. The conclusion is that universal banking on its own is a sound practice that can offer developing countries special advantages. Such a conclusion is rather important because many of the Islamic countries where believers in Islamic banking reside are developing. It would therefore be helpful to see that Islamic banking as it contains universal banking would give a helping hand in the process of development that would not be easily obtained from conventional banking.
Universal banking , Islamic banking , Islamic banks
Mahmoud Al-Jarhi, Mabid Ali Mohamed. (2005). The case for universal banking as a component of Islamic banking. Islamic Economics Studies, 12 (2) & 13 (1), pp. 1-56.
Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI)

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