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First AUS Symposium on Islamic Banking and Finance
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and Founder and President of American University of Sharjah, the American University of Sharjah, School of Business and Management, will hold the First AUS Symposium on Islamic Banking and Finance.
Islamic finance is one of the fastest growing segments in world financial markets. It is estimated that its growth, over the past few years, ranged from 10 to 15 percent, and this rapid growth is expected to continue for many years. Islamic finance drives its strength from moral and ethical backgrounds, the lack of which is thought to have been at the basis of the last financial downturn. It targets community welfare while setting the ground for best business practices and individual self-achievement. The growth of this industry relies also on the massive population of Muslims, which some estimates put at least at 1.5 billion worldwide.
Since the inception of the first fully-fledged Islamic bank in the 1970s, Islamic financial institutions have been thriving and relentlessly innovating. However, academic research in this field has not kept pace with practice and has not been able thus far to support the business world with the needed scholarly guidelines and framework. Therefore, there is a need to synthesize research to date, and to address the weaknesses and neglected areas by researchers in this field.
Through the organization of the First AUS Symposium on Islamic Banking and Finance, the Islamic Finance and Banking Program at American University of Sharjah intends to provide a platform for academics and practitioners to meet and discuss the issues that need further attention from researchers. A selected number of papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Multinational Financial Management subject to the review process.
Topics include but are not limited to:
- corporate governance issues in Islamic financial institutions
- the effect of the financial crisis on Islamic financial institutions
- limits of the Shariah board actions
- financial engineering in Islamic finance
- areas of potential growth
- behavioral Islamic finance
- Islamic marketing and branding
- corporate social responsibility in the Islamic finance framework
- accounting for Islamic financial institutions
- Islamic microfinance
- Islamic economics
- the social responsibility of Islamic financial institutions
- governments' regulations towards Islamic finance
- Abstract submission: April 30, 2012
- Reply to authors: May 15, 2012
- Full paper submission: October 15, 2012
- Reply to authors: October 25, 2012
Paper Submission Procedure
Please email your abstract or questions to [email protected].
The First AUS Symposium on Islamic Banking and Finance will be held on February 20-21, 2013 at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
American University of Sharjah (AUS) was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE and Ruler of Sharjah, who envisioned the university as a leading educational institution in the Gulf region. AUS is an independent, non-profit coeducational institution. AUS is a leading comprehensive coeducational university in the Gulf, serving students from the region and around the world.
Sharjah is a city of learning and the arts, as confirmed by its 1998 UNESCO designation as the Cultural Capital of the Arab World. This context facilitates the university's intention to be an academic center at the intersection of ancient cultural traditions and contemporary intellectual currents. The city of Sharjah is home to more than 20 museums with splendid collections of artifacts and art as well as exhibits on science and natural history. Sharjah also host many cultural festivals, educational conferences, fairs and economic expositions. These resources permit the university to broaden students' formal education in a way not possible elsewhere in the region.
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Citizens of the following countries can obtain a visa upon entry: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland (Netherlands), Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America and Vatican City.
Citizens of other countries will require a visa to enter the United Arab Emirates. If you are flying to the UAE using Emirates Airlines or Air Arabia, the airline can get you the necessary visa if you make the request in advance.
If you elect to apply for a visa at the UAE embassy in your country, we will be glad to provide you with any supporting documents that you may need, such as an invitation letter indicating the acceptance of your paper.
The American University of Sharjah will be glad to apply for a conference visa on your behalf. The visa is valid for 30 days from the day of entry and is issued 15 days before the conference.
To request this type of visa, the following information and documents must be sent to [email protected] as soon as possible:
- name of author requesting the visa (same as in passport)
- the paper title
- a soft copy of the passport
- a recent colored passport-type photo with white background (scanned); see specifications on form
- Fees of $45 (or AED 160), which can be paid with cash deposits or direct transfers to Sharjah Islamic Bank, account number 0029-200170-001, Swift Code NBSHAEAS, IBAN: AE02 0410 0000 11200 170001
- send a copy of the transfer document by fax to +971-6-5152190 or scan and send it by email to [email protected] mentioning clearly the full name of participant, conference paper number and purpose of payment
- submit a Visa Application Form. Make sure all fields are completed.
Please note that no visa application will be processed by AUS until all documents are submitted.
Thank you for your prompt action, and we look forward to seeing you in Sharjah.
For more information please contact us:
Islamic Finance and Banking Program
American University of Sharjah
School of Business Administration
PO Box 26666
Interim Director, Islamic Finance and Banking Program
Dr. Abdelaziz Chazi
Tel +971 6 515 2329
Fax +971 6 558 5065
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