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Center for Islamic Economics and Finance (CIEF)

In the contemporary world, the principles, premises and institutions of Islamic economics are increasingly becoming relevant for the formulation of policies and management of economies and businesses. Islamic finance is one of the fastest growing areas of international finance.

Center for Islamic Economics and Finance

New products are continuously emerging and those who wish to participate in this exciting and dynamic field have to be knowledgeable about both the principles of Islamic economics and finance, and contemporary developments in the international financial industry. A particularly high concentration of Islamic financial institutions in the Middle East, calls for localized research that offers the industry concrete analysis, new ideas and contextual maps of past, present and future events. Legal, regulatory and market environments are rapidly changing.

Under such dynamic conditions, the Center for Islamic Economics and Finance (CIEF) was established in 2010 to provide students, faculty and visiting scholars a resource rich environment to help them be on the cutting edge of contributions in their field. In 2014, Dr. S. Nazim Ali, former Director of Harvard’s Islamic Finance Project, took over as the Center’s Director. Today, he is guiding CIEF towards its vision of contributing to an ethically grounded global economy.


The CIEF sees itself as a global center of excellence in the scientific discipline of Islamic economics and finance, promoting economic justice and prosperity through the development of genuine financial products, monetary and fiscal policies, and business and trade practices. The center envisions its research as providing contextual maps for ethically grounded economies.


The mission of CIEF is to produce policy relevant basic and applied research with concrete analysis of national, regional and international developments in Islamic economics and finance that can expand the body of knowledge about genuine financial products, economic development, financial inclusiveness and sustainability. To these ends, the CIEF individually and in partnership with other institutions will focus on the following areas:

  • Islamic economic institutions, inclusiveness, and empowerment
  • Innovative and genuine financial products
  • Inclusive and sustainable monetary, fiscal, and financial sector development policies
  • Promotion of trade, investment, and business in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation region


  • Planning and producing impactful research
  • Supporting the research needs of the faculty
  • Organizing research events, conferences, workshops, seminars etc.
  • Establish research networks locally and internationally
  • Develop proposals for external funding of research
  • Critically review Islamic financial products, institutions, and markets
  • Coordination of research and teaching of Islamic economics and finance for ethically grounded economies