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Editor: William Byrnes
Texas A&M University
School of Law

Friday, February 13, 2015

Islamic Banking: Some Distinguishing Regulatory Considerations

MICHAEL J. T. MCMILLENCurtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, University of Pennsylvania Law School

SSRNThis focus of this paper is the regulation of one segment of modern Islamic finance: Islamic banking, whether conducted by stand-alone Islamic banks or “Islamic windows” within conventional interest-based banks. Consideration is given to a select group of illustrative issues that arise in connection with the regulation of Islamic banks. These issues pertain to (i) the structure of Islamic banks and the nature of the activities conducted by Islamic banks with funds provided by the customers of those banks (i.e., the funds that are considered to be ‘deposits’ in conventional banking), and (ii) Shariʿah governance, a subset of corporate governance that focuses on ensuring that Islamic banks operate and conduct their activities in accordance with the Shariʿah.

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