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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Practice of Finance: Islamic Finance at MIT Sloan School of Management

The MIT Sloan School of Management, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is one of the world’s leading business schools — conducting cutting-edge research and providing management education to top students from more than 60 countries. The School is part of MIT’s rich intellectual tradition of education and research.

MIT Sloan began in 1914 as engineering administration curriculum in the MIT Department of Economics and Statistics. The scope and depth of this educational focus have grown steadily in response to advances in the theory and practice of management to today’s broad-based management school.

A program offering a master’s degree in management was established in 1925. The world’s first university-based executive education program — the MIT Sloan Fellows — was created in 1931 under the sponsorship of Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., an 1895 MIT graduate who was then chairman of General Motors. A MIT Sloan Foundation grant established the MIT School of Industrial Management in 1952 with a charge of educating the “ideal manager.”

MIT Sloan School of Management teach subjects of Islamic Finance.
Description: Islamic financial institutions have in recent years experienced spectacular growth (+25 percent in 2006, +37 percent in 2007). Islamic financial assets now exceed 1 trillion dollars and what was once a small niche has gone mainstream. Indeed, most major Western financial institutions are involved in one way or another in Islamic finance. The first part of the course introduces the basic principles underlying the industry (the prohibitions of riba, gharar, etc.) and discusses its recent evolution. The second part focuses on the main Islamic products: murabaha, mudaraba, musharaka, ijara, sukuk, takaful, etc. and explains how Islamic deals are structured. The third part discusses the challenges — competitive, regulatory, political, religious, etc. — faced by Islamic institutions and considers the impact of the current financial meltdown on their future evolution.

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