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The Inhibition of Usury (Riba An-Nasi'ah) and the Economic Underdevelopment of the Muslim World

  • Murizah Osman Salleh

    (Bank Negera Malaysia)

  • Aziz Jaafar

    (Bangor Business School)

  • M. Shahid Ebrahim

    ()

    (Bangor Business School)

Premised on the finance-growth-poverty nexus, economic advancement of Muslim countries must be underpinned by a robust financial system. Nonetheless, this measure requires foremost demystifying the riba enigma. In this paper we develop a rational expectations model to study the riba injunction and justify its inhibition to the: (i) potential of expropriating wealth from either borrower or lender, which leads to the onset of non-sustainable equilibrium in the long-run; (ii) susceptibility to financial fragility; and (iii) financial exclusion of the poor. We then present our perspectives on structuring financial facilities to mitigate the above issues, its ratiocination and the deeper meaning of this centuries old injunction. Our results differ from those espoused by classical Shari?ah scholars and political Islamic groups.

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