From Johannesburg to Jakarta, Islamic finance is today a trillion-dollar industry. At a time when Islamic law has become synonymous with capital punishment, financial institutions, corporations and governments are queuing up to pronounce their conversion to ‘sharia-compliance’. How is this possible? Harris Irfan, author of Heavens Bankers, an inside story on Islamic finance, and Sadakat Kadri, author of Heaven on Earth, a history of sharia, will debate what happens when ancient legal principles meet modern money; and whether Islamic finance is indeed the answer to the crisis in capitalism.
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