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252 sec. 1 - Islamic Finance and Transactions in Contemporary Practice (Spring 2013)
"Legal and Economic Thought in Islamic Tradition"

Instructor: Arshad A. Ahmed  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
Instructor: Abrar A Hussain  (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: W 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 145

Course Start: January 09, 2013
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49786


This two-unit course will offer an opportunity to consider the growing intersection between Islamic (or Shari'ah-compliant) finance and transactions, and American legal perspectives. Issues to be discussed in detail include ribā-interest equivalence, form and substance in contemporary Islamic banking, adjudication of Shari‘ah-related transactions in contemporary Anglo-American tribunals and whether or not Shari‘ah-related investing constitutes social capitalism. There will be ample discussion of legal and economic thought, as well as the place of ethics and virtue within traditional and modern manifestations of finance. Also discussed will be the origins of contemporary venture capital and private equity arising out of the Islamic mercantile tradition. Discussions of Shari‘ah will focus almost exclusively on Sunni perspectives, as they dominate the contemporary practice of Islamic banking and finance. No prior knowledge of Islam, Shari‘ah, or finance is assumed.
Co-instructors for this course will be Arshad A. Ahmed and Abrar Hussain.
Abrar Hussain is a founder and managing director of Elixir Capital, a global equity investing firm. An insider in the private equity industry, prior to Elixir he was a corporate partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and one of the most highly regarded emerging markets private equity experts -- regularly sought out by some of the world’s largest investment funds including Apollo Management, Soros Fund Management, the Carlyle Group and New Enterprise Associates. Abrar also speaks extensively at institutions such as the Harvard Business School, Harvard’s Kennedy School and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the subject of private equity and emerging markets investments.
Arshad A. Ahmed is a trusted partner and advisor to global private equity and venture capital firms as well as businesses ranging from start-ups to multinationals. Arshad is a founder and managing director of Elixir Capital, a global equity investing firm. Prior to Elixir, he served as a corporate partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in San Francisco, where he advised the likes of Golden Gate Capital and Goldman Sachs. Possessing substantial experience in mergers & acquisitions, buy-outs, divestitures, equity investments, corporate governance, general corporate counseling, and contract negotiations, Arshad is also recognized as a leading national authority in Shariah-related investing and Islamic finance.

Exam Notes: TH
Course Category: Business Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
International and Comparative Law
Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
Law and Economics
Legal Theory and History

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  • Islamic Finance
    Mahmoud A. El-Gamal,
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    ISBN: 9780521741262
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $21.32
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  • Science of the cosmos, science of the soul
    William C. Chittick
    Publisher: Oxford : Oneworld, 2007.
    ISBN: 9781851684953
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 5.51
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  • The Heart of Islam
    Seyyed Hossein Nasr,
    Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
    ISBN: 9780060730642
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 6.39
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