Author: Hafiz Muhammad Yasin & Atiq-uz-Zafar Khan
Publisher: Islamic Research Institute
About the Book:
Authored by Hafiz Muhammad Yasin and Atiq-uz-Zafar Khan, Fundamentals of Islamic Economics and Finance was originally published by Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) – a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group – in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2016, and the low-priced edition of this pioneering work has now been published by IPS Press – the publishing arm of Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad – under a reprint arrangement exclusively for sale in South Asia and South East Asia territory.
Islamic Economics as a distinct discipline emerged in the last quarter of the 20th century and the subject is now offered in many universities as part of the curriculum of economics at the undergraduate and graduate level. Although a few texts on introduction to Islamic Economics and finance are available in the market, this book is the first of its kind and nature.
Due to the rigorous research in this area over the past 50 years, a vast body of literature is available by now in different areas of theory and policy. However, this voluminous literature is scattered in hundreds of pages in thousands of different journals, books and manuscripts. There exist a significant number of institutions by now that cater to the cause of Islamic Economics and Finance, Islamic research and training Institute (IRTI) is no doubt playing a pioneering role in this respect. These institutions organize and conduct conferences, seminars, symposia and workshops in different parts of the world and the material presented is often available in published form. Obviously, access to this huge body of literature is much difficult for students, who are constrained to cover the prescribed course content and syllabi within the limited time frame of the semester. Furthermore, the said body of literature comprises the views of renowned scholars and practitioners, expressed in technical language, and these views are sometimes contrasting due to differences in the approach and coverage. As cited above, Islamic Economics and Finance is an emerging and yet expanding discipline, and as such we do not have a paradigm. This state of affairs may be confusing for young students and general readers. In fact, it is not possible for anybody, even for specialists in Islamic Economics, to digest all that is available in the literature.
The book is an attempt to present the important fragments of the diverse emerging discipline of Islamic Economics and Finance in one volume. It explains its different concepts in simple words on which there is a consensus among scholars, bypassing the differences of opinion at this level. A comparative approach to mainstream economics has been followed throughout for better understanding of the concepts.
About the Authors:
Hafiz Muhammad Yasin did his MA Economics in 1978 from Peshawar University and PhD Economics in 1999 from International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI). He remained in service of the Higher Education Department Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (former NWFP) and taught at different colleges from 1981 to 2007. Thereafter he joined International Institute of Islamic Economics (IIIE), IIUI and worked as Associate Professor till 2016. Besides teaching and research, he also worked at administrative positions of the Director, School of Economics (2007-2009) and the Director General of the IIIE from 2014 to 2016. He taught a number of courses at the BS, MS and PhD level and contributed to syllabus development of different courses within the University and also at the HEC level. His areas of interest include Islamic Economics, Monetary Economics, Development Economics and Quantitative Economics. He supervised a number of students in their research work at the MPhil and PhD level. Presently he is working as Professor at Preston University, Islamabad.
Atiq-uz-Zafar Khan joined IIIE as a lecturer in 1986 and continues to serve the University as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor to-date. He completed his PhD Economics in 2013. He also worked at administrative positions as the Head, School of Economics (2009-2012) and Head, School of Islamic Banking (2012-2016). He also remained President of the Teaching Staff Association of IIUI for two tenures (2014-15). He has been teaching different courses at the BS, MS and PhD level. His areas of interest include Islamic Economics and Finance, Development Economics and Mathematical Economics. He is supervising many students in their research work at MS and PhD level. Presently, he acts as Director General of the IIIE.