Cover Story

Islamic fintech – the dawn of Islamic finance 2.0?

Welcome to the launch issue of IFN Fintech, a new bespoke publication serving as your source to learn, explore and keep up-to-date with the global fintech developments relevant to the Islamic finance industry. The (Islamic) financial landscape...


Reports

Bahrain Islamic Bank to roll out fintech accelerator programs

Bahrain's oldest Islamic bank is taking the lead in harnessing the power of fintech by means of collaboration. Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB) is hoping to attract fintech start-ups into the Kingdom and has aligned itself with Flat 6 Labs Bahrain -...


Reports

UK Islamic equity crowdfunder wins support from US technopreneurs

The thought leaders behind the lauded Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), signed by then-president Barack Obama, has joined the board of the UK’s first Shariah compliant equity crowdfunding firm. Jason W Best and Sherwood Neiss,...


Reports

Dubai begins to regulate Islamic peer-to-peer financing

Dubai has followed in the steps of Kuala Lumpur to formally regulate Shariah compliant crowdfunding activities and has recently extended its stamp of approval to a platform with Islamic capabilities. Beehive P2P, which facilitates Shariah...


Reports

Islamic crowdfunding platform takes road less traveled by Shariah banks – joining the UN Global Compact

An Islamic crowdfunding platform has carved a name for itself by joining the United Nations Global Compact, a feat very rarely achieved by Shariah banks despite the Islamic finance industry’s strong alignment with ethical and sustainable. ...


Reports

JOBS Act clears the clouds for HalalSky

After almost two years since its inception, Austin-based HalalSky is finally operational, and will soon open its offerings to the wider public. The Texan real estate crowdfunding platform has so far been involved in private placement deals but...


Interview

NASIR ZUBAIRI – CEO of Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (LHoFT)

What opportunities can fintech bring to Luxembourg’s Islamic finance industry? We don’t have an Islamic bank in Luxembourg yet; we therefore see most Islamic fintech developments taking place in the asset management sector. Fintech will...