Global Financial Crisis and the Link Between the Monetary and Real Sector: Moving Beyond the Asset-Backed Islamic Finance

Proceeding of the 20th Annual Islamic Banking Seminar, September 2009

12 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2009 Last revised: 27 Jan 2010

Date Written: September 1, 2009

Abstract

A major factor behind this crisis is financialization of the system, with a growing disconnect between the monetary and the real sector. Some proponents of the Islamic finance claim such financial crisis would have been avoided, if asset-backed Islamic finance were adopted. However, while Islamic finance in form and legality is asset-backed at the micro-juristic level, it is still largely delinked from real sector at the macro level. This paper articulates the need for Islamic finance to be better embedded in the reality of the real sector and be more effective to achieve the broader economic goals that it proclaims to pursue.

Keywords: Islam, Islamic economics, Islamic finance, Islamic banking, financial crisis, global financial crisis, asset-backed, Usmani, real sector, monetary sector, financialization, maqasid

JEL Classification: E30, E40, E44, E50, E60, N10, O10, P19

Suggested Citation

Farooq, Mohammad Omar, Global Financial Crisis and the Link Between the Monetary and Real Sector: Moving Beyond the Asset-Backed Islamic Finance (September 1, 2009). Proceeding of the 20th Annual Islamic Banking Seminar, September 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1513488

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