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Islamic Asset Management

An Asset Class on its Own?

Natalie Schoon

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A guide to Sharia'ah-compliant fund systems for students, industry professionals and investors

What's the difference between conventional and Islamic asset management? This book reviews the Islamic asset management industry in detail, including the types of funds offered and their operational procedures, and finds that the differences are surprisingly minimal. Sharia'ah-compliant funds are therefore an attractive alternative for Muslim and non-Muslim investors alike.

Key Features

  • Contains valuable information on Sharia'ah-complaint fund structures and the type of instruments that can be invested in
  • Considers practical implementation matters such as operational issues, available indices and the role of the Sharia'ah Supervisory Board
  • Includes case studies of the funds available to investors including the BLME $ Income Fund, SWIP Islamic Global Equity Fund, the Saudi Al Rajhi Fund Range and the Malaysian blue chip i-VCAP-MyETF-DJIM25
  • Features a glossary of abbreviations and key Arabic terms


List of Figures
List of Boxes
List of Tables
1. Characteristics of Islamic Finance
2. Contracts and Structures for Islamic Asset Management
3. The Islamic Asset Management Market Place
4. Fund Operations
5. Processing
6. Sharia'a Supervisory Board
7. Case Studies
8. Summary and Concluding Remarks

About the Author

Natalie Schoon is the Head of Product Development at the Bank of London and the Middle East. Dr Schoon gained a PhD from the University of Surrey in 2005, the subject of which was 'Residual Income Models and the Valuation of Conventional and Islamic Islamic Banks'. She is author of Islamic Banking and Finance (Spiramus Press, 2008).


A look at the Table of Contents of this book gives an idea of its scope and comprehensiveness. Its appearance among the finance literature marks the fact that Islamic asset management, along with Islamic finance in general, is moving from a niche status to be part of the mainstream, albeit with its own specificities. Those who read this highly informative book, written by an acknowledged industry professional, will acquire a clear insight into Islamic asset management and the opportunities it offers to both investors and asset managers.
- Simon Archer, MA PhD FCA FRSA, Visiting Professor, ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading

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