Feisal Khan to Discuss "How 'Islamic' is Islamic Banking, world-wide and in Pakistan?"
On Wednesday, March 2nd
2016, The South Asia Center will host Associate Professor Feisal Khan from
Hobart and William Smith Colleges to give a talk on How ‘Islamic’ is Islamic Banking, world-wide and in Pakistan? The
lecture will take place in 341 Eggers Hall at 12:30 PM.
In 2014 Islamic financial
assets were valued at over $2 trillion, far from their humble beginning as a niche market product in the 1970s. Pakistan, far from the global
or Islamic finance mainstream, was among the first to convert to an ‘interest
free’ financial system in 1985. How exactly does Islamic banking/finance
differ from conventional banking and how valid
is the oft- repeated charge that it merely ‘disguises’
interest-based transactions under an Islamic cloak?
Feisal Khan is currently an
Associate Professor of Economics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He
received his B.A. and M.A. from Stanford and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern
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