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What Influences Stock Market Reaction to Sukuk Issues? The Impact of Scholars and Sukuk Types


  • Christophe Godlewski

    (LaRGE Research Center, Université de Strasbourg)

  • Rima Turk-Ariss

    (Lebanese American University)

  • Laurent Weill

    () (LaRGE Research Center, Université de Strasbourg)


Sukuk, the shari’a-compliant alternative mode of financing to conventional bonds, have considerably expanded over the last decade. We analyze the stock market reaction to two key features of sukuk: type and characteristics of the shari’a scholar certifying the issue. We use the event study methodology to measure abnormal returns for a sample of 131 sukuk from eight countries over the period 2006-2013 and find that Ijara sukuk structures exert a positive influence on the stock price of the issuing firm. We observe a similar positive impact from shari’a scholar reputation and proximity to issuer. Overall our results support the hypotheses that the type of sukuk and the choice of scholars hired to certify these securities matter for the market valuation of the issuing company.

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  • Christophe Godlewski & Rima Turk-Ariss & Laurent Weill, 2014. "What Influences Stock Market Reaction to Sukuk Issues? The Impact of Scholars and Sukuk Types," Working Papers of LaRGE Research Center 2014-03, Laboratoire de Recherche en Gestion et Economie (LaRGE), Université de Strasbourg.
  • Handle: RePEc:lar:wpaper:2014-03

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    financial instruments; Islamic finance.;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • P51 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - Comparative Analysis of Economic Systems

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