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Islamic Banking and Finance: Principles and Practical Solutions

Organizing institution
Utrecht University, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (UU)
Course code
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 695
Advanced bachelor level

In this course the key issues of Islamic Banking and Finance will be discussed. Which are the rules that need to be respected? Based on that, financial contracts and assets have been developed, like Sukuk, Ijara and Musharaka. All these thems will be highlighted with case studies.

This course is a joint activity of Utrecht University and STIE Perbanas, Surabaya, Indonesia.

This course will start with explaining the basic principles of Islamic Finance, which make Islamic banking different from traditional banking. The focus of the course will be on addressing these principles in order to meet the need for financial contracts in local and international business relations.
An important rule regards the prohibition to pay interest. In this course we will discuss how to arrange contracts without interest payments. For instance there are contracts based on profit and loss sharing (Musharaka), contracts that resemble a lease contract (Ijara) and contracts that facilitate buying a house similar to a mortgage loan (Murabaha). Also there exist investments funds with assets like Sukuk, which are bonds in agreement with the Islamic rules.
Participants will be given some theoretical background about these subjects and will work on case studies to get a feel for the practical implementation of the contracts.

Some basic knowledge about this can be important for students from many countries who have the ambition to start a career in the banking sector or in the finance department of an internationally operating company. Also for managers who are already employed by banks or companies with international operations this course may contribute to their competence of handling contractual issues with counterparts from other cultures.

Tags: islamic banking, sukuk, business law, investments, leasing, bonds. international finance

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Prof. dr. Arie Buijs


Dr. Abdul Mongid (STIE Perbanas Surabaya)
Prof.dr. Hans Visser (VU University), guest lecturer
Dr. Raphie Hayat (Rabobank Netherlands), guest lecturer
Rachida Talal MSc (Radboud University), guest lecturer
Prof. dr. Arie Buijs (Utrecht University)


1. Students who prepare for a career in the business world or in the financial sector
2. Students in the field of Business Law
3. Managers who are active in International Business
4. Bank managers dealing transactions that require Islamic banking methods


This course will focus on the most relevant contracts that are in accordance to the Shariah rules. The objective is that participants get some basic knowledge about this way of banking. Skills in this field will help them to operate successfully in banking and business activities in a different cultural environment.


Every day two hours lectures in the morning and two hours tutorials in the afternoon.
On Friday student teams will present their assigned case studies.


• € 695 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 495 - Course + course materials

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Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.


Prof. dr. Arie Buijs
E: a.buijs@uu.nl

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Deadline for registration: 07 July 2017

Application closed