The El Shaarani Centre for Islamic Business and Finance (EIBF) held its first Annual Symposium in collaboration with Durham Business School this weekend (3 - 4 December), at Aston Business School.
The theme of the symposium was Analytical and Empirical Research in Islamic Finance, Management, Economics and Law and it attracted a large number of leading academics from the field, both in the UK and internationally, who presented their latest academic research.
The keynote address was given by Professor Mahmoud El-Gamal, a pre-eminent academic in the field. He is Professor of Economics and Statistics and Chair of Islamic Economics, Finance & Management at Rice University in Texas, USA, and his address was entitled “Can Islamic Finance be Reformed?”
The symposium ran from 12pm on Saturday 3 December until 5:30pm on Sunday 4 December. Over 20 papers were presented at the event by leading academics from institutions in the UK, USA, France, Spain, UAE, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Iran. This coming together of this large number of academics of the highest calibre resulted in debate of the highest quality, as well as opportunities for new ideas and future collaboration in the field.
The symposium is expected to be established as a fixture in the Islamic finance academic calendar, and to continue to attract the very best research in the field every year.
This free event was funded by the EIBF Centre, Advantage West Midlands and Marketing Birmingham, and forms part of the activity of the newly established EIBF Centre. The Centre, based at Aston Business School, is the first research centre of its kind in Europe, offering world-class teaching and research in Islamic finance that aims to enhance the understanding of this unique and fast growing sector.
More information about the event can be found at the EIBF web site.