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Book Review - Historical Roots of Islamic Finance in Malaysia

Book Review – Historical Roots of Islamic Finance in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, October 17 2016 : Maybank Islamic Berhad today held a book review session on its sponsored publication titled “Historical Roots of Islamic Finance in Malaysia,” – the first coffee table book of its kind which traces the history of Islamic finance in Malaysia from as far back as pre-Islamic era until 1983.

The book is written byDr Syahida Abdullah and Riaz Ansary, both from the International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA) which also is the publisher of the book.

Maybank Islamic’s involvement in this book stemmed from its commitment to help boost the growth of this sector and also its admiration and respect to those who pioneered the industry.

Since its humble beginnings in 1983, Islamic finance has grown by leaps and bounds, contributing over a total of 27 per cent of total financing in 2015 and set to account for 40 per cent in 2020, according to Bank Negara Malaysia.

During the book review session, both panellists Dato’ Halim Ismail, who was the first to helm Bank Islam Berhad and Datuk Mohd Daud Bakar, the founder and executive chairman of Amanie Group, examined the major economic and political developments that led to the establishment of the country’s first Islamic bank.

The session was moderated by Perbadanan Kota Buku CEO Sayed Munawwar Sayed Mohd Mustar.

In the audience were Bank Negara deputy director of the Islamic banking and takaful department Rustam Mohd Idris, Maybank Islamic CEO Dato’ Mohamed Rafique Merican, ISRA Executive Director, Professor Dr Mohamad Akram Laldin, and representatives from Islamic financial institutions and associations, academicians as well as students.

The book is divided into five chapters with the first chapter touching on the geographical factors that made the Malay Archipelago a centre of international trade and the arrivals of Arab traders who had an impact on the Malay culture.

The second chapter dealt with the British colonial era and the introduction and growth of conventional banking while the third chapter detailed the country’s economic policies post-colonial era.

The fourth chapter expounded the early experiments of Islamic banks worldwide before the formation of the Islamic Development Bank and chapter five looked at Malaysia’s attempt to set up a modern Islamic bank and elaborated on the establishment of Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad.

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