Research Handbooks in Business and Management series
Edited by Christine A. Mallin
Chapter 11: Corporate governance in Islamic financial institutions: what have we learnt?
Given the recent developments and growth in the Islamic finance industry during the last decade, this chapter investigates the main corporate governance characteristics of Islamic financial institutions (IFIs). Corporate governance has attracted the attention of business communities around the world after the global financial crisis. However, governance in IFIs is unique, due to the complex principal_agent problems. Therefore, governance of IFIs has gained even more attention than conventional financial institutions as a result of the concept of risk-sharing born by investment account holders (IAHs). The chapter also highlights the main regulatory bodies governing IFIs in addition to the governance mechanisms in IFIs and the principles of Shari’ah governance. Finally, the chapter analyses the main findings of academic research on the fundamental differences between conventional financial institutions and IFIs, and the main challenges facing the development of the Islamic finance industry.
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