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A survey on Shari'ah governance practices in Malaysia, GCC countries and the UK: Critical appraisal

  • Zulkifli Hasan
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    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to understand current Shari'ah governance practices with the purpose of promoting greater understanding of some of the crucial issues and to provide relevant information in guiding the future development of Shari'ah governance system. The paper illustrates the state of Shari'ah governance practices in Malaysia, GCC countries (Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia) and the UK by highlighting five main elements of good corporate governance that consist of independence, competency, transparency, disclosure and consistency. Design/methodology/approach – Since the availability of secondary data on Shari'ah governance practices is very limited, a detailed survey questionnaire is generated for sourcing primary data from Islamic Financial Institutions (IFIs). The study utilizes descriptive analysis approach in extracting and analyzing the data and factual input derived from the questionnaire feedback. Findings – The survey findings affirm that there are significant differences and diverse Shari'ah governance practices in the case countries. This position acknowledges that there are shortcomings and weaknesses to the existing governance framework which needs further enhancement and improvement. Practical implications – The paper is a very useful source of information that may provide relevant guidelines in guiding the future development of Shari'ah governance practices in IFIs. Originality/value – This paper provides fresh data and recent information on the actual Shari'ah governance practices of IFIs in three jurisdictions.

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    Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management.

    Volume (Year): 4 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 1 (April)
    Pages: 30-51

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    Handle: RePEc:eme:imefpp:v:4:y:2011:i:1:p:30-51
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    1. Grais, Wafik & Pellegrini, Matteo, 2006. "Corporate governance and stakeholders'financial interests in institutions offering Islamic financial services," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4053, The World Bank.
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