Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/154599
Authors: 
di Mauro, Filippo
Caristi, Pierluigi
Couderc, Stéphane
di Maria, Angela
Ho, Lauren
Grewal, Beljeet Kaur
Masciantonio, Sergio
Ongena, Steven
Zaher, Sajjad
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
ECB Occasional Paper 146
Abstract: 
Islamic finance is based on ethical principles in line with Islamic religious law. Despite its low share of the global financial market, Islamic finance has been one of this sector’s fastest growing components over the last decades and has gained further momentum in the wake of the financial crisis. The paper examines the development of and possible prospects for Islamic finance, with a special focus on Europe. It compares Islamic and conventional finance, particularly as concerns risks associated with the operations of respective institutions, as well as corporate governance. The paper also analyses empirical evidence comparing Islamic and conventional financial institutions with regard to their: (i) efficiency and profitability; and (ii) stability and resilience. Finally, the paper considers the conduct of monetary policy in an Islamic banking context. This is not uncomplicated given the fact that interest rates – normally a cornerstone of monetary policy – are prohibited under Islamic finance. Liquidity management issues are thus discussed here, with particular reference to the euro area.
Subjects: 
central bank monetary policy and regulations
Financial Institutions
Globalisation
slamic finance
JEL: 
G21
G28
G34
K21
L4
Document Type: 
Research Report

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