Growth of Islamic Insurance (Takaful) in Malaysia: A Model for the Region?
23 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2008 Last revised: 14 Apr 2009
Date Written: July 31, 2008
Takaful, like conventional insurance, involves the allocation and spreading of risk, and is becoming an increasingly important part of our professional and personal lives. This article seeks to set the stage by clarifying the position of takaful within the Malaysian secular common law system with respect to the applicability of Syariah law. In doing so, a comparative analysis will be made of the situation in other Islamic jurisdictions like the Middle East, Pakistan and Indonesia. The latter part of the article will then examine the legal framework regulating takaful in Malaysia, with the aim of suggesting much needed reform, especially with respect to the Takaful Act 1984, so as to support and further boost the growth of takaful in Malaysia, in line with the Malaysian government's aspirations of establishing Malaysia as an international Islamic financial centre.
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