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Heaven's Bankers: Inside the Hidden World of Islamic Finance

Harris Irfan



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01 September 2014
Islamic studies; Business & Economics; International finance; Banking
A trillion dollar financial industry is revolutionising the global economy. Governments and corporations across the Islamic world are increasingly turning to finance that complies with Sharia law in order to fund economic growth. Even in the West, Islamic finance is rapidly becoming an important alternative source of funding at a time when the conventional finance industry is reeling from the effects of the financial crisis.

From its origins in the seventh century, Islamic finance has sought to develop core ethical principles that are based in the foundations of Islam and Shari a. By engaging critically with the complexities of international finance, it has evolved and adapted into a world emerging from the economic and moral aftermath of a global financial crisis. But with an increasing Western interest, is it able to remain true to the principles of its faith? Can it maintain its ideals of social justice? Or is Islamic finance guilty of the very dangers it seeks to avoid?

In Heaven s Bankers, Harris Irfan, one of the world s leading Islamic finance bankers, gives unparalleled insight into the heart of this secretive industry. From his personal experience of working with leading bankers, scholars and lawyers, he debunks the myths of Islamic banking, analyses its greatest deals and looks to the future of a system that has reprioritised the very nature of money itself.
By:   Harris Irfan
Imprint:   Constable
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   608g
ISBN:   9781472105103
ISBN 10:   1472105109
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   01 September 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Harris Irfan is one of the world's leading Islamic finance bankers. He is the founder and managing partner of Cordoba Capital, an independent Islamic finance advisory firm, and was formerly global head of Islamic finance at the Barclays Group. Before working at Barclays, he was a co-founder of Deutsche Bank's world-leading Islamic finance team. He has represented various institutions to media organisations such as the BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, Reuters and the Financial Times. Born in 1972 to parents of Pakistani origin, he was brought up in the UK and has a degree in physics from Oxford. He currently lives in Dubai.

Reviews for Heaven's Bankers: Inside the Hidden World of Islamic Finance

Irfan uses his own professional and personal experiences to weave together an accessible and interesting story. - The Daily Telegraph In the aptly-titled Heaven's Bankers, Harris Irfan weaves together personal anecdotes with explanations of some of the crucial aspects of the subject - and its controversies. - Financial Times Heaven's Bankers [is] more than just a good read and will become a major primary source for historians and financiers in researching and understanding this fascinating area. - The Huffington Post [Irfan opens] a window into this fascinating world. - Wall Street Journal

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