My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

An Islamic Finance Degree????

Let's hope our Universities won't let the French corner this market....
A French business school launched a degree in Islamic finance last month, as more European Muslims seek careers in a fast-growing sector run under the precepts of Sharia law.

Islamic banks avoid business that could be considered "riba" -- usually translated as "usury" -- and will not invest in firms that produce products seen by Muslims as "haram" or forbidden, such as pork or alcohol.

Driven by the explosion in financial services in the energy-rich Gulf monarchies, Islamic banking has become a fast-growing section of the market, but in Europe has so far been dominated by London-based institutions.

Strasbourg University's School of Management has now recruited 36 students from France, Algeria, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Tunisia to France's first 11-month postgraduate masters-level course in the subject.

"Financial institutions and regulatory authorities are faced with more and more demand from new economic actors that have ethical and religious concerns when seeking finance and investment," the school said.


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