International Shari’ah Scholars Forum (ISSF) 2018

25 September 2018, Kuala Lumpur – The International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA) together with the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) will be organizing its 13th International Shari’ah Scholars Forum (ISSF) on 1st and 2nd October 2018 at the InterContinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The theme of the 13th ISSF is ‘Islamic Social Finance: Realities and Prospects’.

The ISSF is organized to provide a platform for Shari’ah scholars and Islamic finance practitioners to engage in a high-level discussion on Islamic finance and value-based intermediation. The theme of the 13th ISSF is both timely and important, given the emerging trend of Islamic social finance and investments in the industry to meet the growing global demand for ethical and value-based financial intermediation. It will bring together panels of Shari’ah experts to address and discuss this emerging trend as well as highlight the role of stakeholders in developing a robust future for Islamic social finance.

The 13th ISSF will be officiated by Yang Berhormat Dr. Maszlee Malik, Minister of Education, Malaysia, whilst the keynote speech will be addressed by his Excellency Shaykh Ebrahim bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, Chairman of AAOIFI Board of Trustees.

The first day of the ISSF will focus on ‘Value-Based Intermediation: Prospects and Challenges’, while the second day will emphasize ‘Islamic Social Financing Instruments: Concepts and Principles’.

The closing ceremony of the 13th ISSF will be graced by Yang Berhormat Dato’ Dr. Mujahid Yusof, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs).

The Shari’ah experts attending includes Professor Dr. Mohamad Akram Laldin, Datuk Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar, Professor Dr. Ashraf Md Hashim, Shaykh Professor Dr. Ali Muhyiddin Al-Qaradaghi, Shaykh Dr. Abdul Sattar Abu Ghuddah, Shaykh Dr. Nizam M.S. Yaquby, Shaykh Professor Dr. Mohamed Ali Elgari, Shaykh Professor Dr. Muhammad Abdul Razak Al-Tabtaba’i and Shaykh Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar.

The 13th ISSF is organized in conjunction with the Global Islamic Finance Forum (GIFF), which will be held on 3rd and 4th October 2018.

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About ISRA

The International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance, more commonly known by its acronym, ISRA, has been established to promote applied research in the area of Shari’ah and Islamic finance.

It also acts as a repository of knowledge for Shari’ah views (fatwas) and undertakes studies on contemporary issues in the Islamic financial industry. Moreover, ISRA contributes to strengthening human capital development in Shari’ah expertise relevant to Islamic finance and provides a platform for greater engagement amongst practitioners, scholars, regulators and academicians via research and dialogue, in both the domestic and international arenas. Through pioneering research and rigorous intellectual dialogue, ISRA aims to promote innovation and dynamism and thus extend the boundaries of Islamic finance. It is envisioned that with greater research and dialogue, mutual respect and recognition will emerge within the global community of the Islamic financial industry.

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