Despite a fall in total assets, The Banker's 2015 survey of the Top Islamic Financial Institutions indicates that the market is continuing to move in the right direction, with sharia-compliant institutions improving access to and delivery of services, developing microfinance services, and forming stronger strategic partnerships across Asia.
A look at how The Banker compiled the 2015 Top Islamic Financial Institutions ranking.
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There has been a spike in the number of sukuk issued outside the Muslim world. But while demand is up, there remains a significant number of regulatory and operational obstacles in issuing these sharia-compliant bonds.
The negative growth recorded in the aggregate assets of Islamic financial institutions in this year's survey can almost entirely be attributed to a collapse in the value of the Iranian rial. When delving further into the data, a much more healthy picture emerges.
The reputation for conservatism among Islamic financial institutions does not extend to the world of digital banking, where many of its leading players are showing an innovative streak that matches anything coming out of their conventional peers.
The large unbanked Muslim populations of Indonesia and Africa present a huge opportunity for Islamic financial institutions, with Africa's infrastructural shortfall providing a particularly fertile ground for the sukuk market.
The Islamic economy – be it the halal industry, tourism, retail, pensions or telecommunications – needs well-regulated, geographically harmonised sharia-complaint finance if it is to realise its full potential, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre CEO Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar tells The Banker.
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