Islamic law

Sharia banking weaves moral fibre into the West’s oft-flawed system

No pork, no porn, no booze: this traditional Islamic take on finance and funding relies on ancient ethical codes — and ensures lender and...
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Qatar Trade In Crisis

The international blockade on doing business with Qatar has left the oil rich state fragile. Despite the finger pointing and accusations of its support...

Middle East: Qatar – Speak Softly and Carry a Large Bag of Cash

Looking to buy up a fair chunk of the world around it, Qatar has set its sights on Asia and the US as it...

A Synchrotron for Africa: Scientists Unite Behind Proposed Project

With the Zimbabwe dollar now relegated to history, the country’s resilient, albeit battered, economy is once again lubricated by a stable currency. Emerging from...

Mo Ibrahim: Cleaning Up a Continent

Engineer, academic, expert, innovator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist: Mohammed Ibrahim is a rich and successful man who now applies his vast resources to fight corruption...

Middle East: New Roads Leading to Teheran

There can be little doubt as to the economic importance of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). A tide of contrasting change has...

Grant Thornton UAE: Islamic Finance Oil Prices Impact

Modern banks started offering Islamic finance in the mid-1970s. At the time, there were major developments in the Muslim world such as the oil...

Queen Rania of Jordan: A Royal Force for Change

Recognising the need for change, Queen Rania of Jordan is not afraid to speak her mind: “We’ve witnessed frustrations boil over as young people...

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif: Pragmatism as a Driver of Change

In April, the rising star in the House of Saud, Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (55) was named first in line for...

Think Big: Economic Diversification Drive Meets Future

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the scene of undertakings on a massive scale – not quite appropriate for those accustomed to a more...