SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management


Module Code:
Year of study:
Year 3 of 3 or Year 4 of 4
Taught in:
Term 2

This course introduces students to the functioning processes of MENA’s financial sector including banking, enterprise financing, stock markets, bond markets, exchange rates and monetary policy. This course is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of how MENA’s financial institutions work, including the Islamic banking sector and its successes and failures. The topics to be covered include financial market transition, the development of domestic stock markets, and monetary policies. The course concludes by asking how far international best-practices and standards can be integrated into MENA’s financial system.

Module sign-up information for non-departmental open option students
  • Required approval: Approval is required from the Law and Social Sciences Faculty Office
  • Required pre-requisite module(s): 151030012
  • Year of study: 3/Final
  • Maximum number of non-departmental students permitted per year: 10
  • Weekly timetable: One lecture (2 hours) and one tutorial (1 hour)

Further information on open option modules can be found here


A prerequisite for this course is Financial Strategy 151030012 in Term 1

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Discuss the international financial market implications of the growth of market economies in the MENA region
  • Explain the key characteristics of Islamic banking, the features that distinguish Islamic banking from other international banking systems and assess the contribution it makes to the development of MENA economies
  • Understand the key features of the individual MENA banking systems, and their recent growth and development
  • Outline the key features of capital market development in MENA and discuss the different challenges faced MENA countries in terms of enterprise financing, developing active stock markets, and liquid bond markets.
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between domestic and international financial markets and assess the efforts of the MENA countries in facilitating cross-border capital flows
  • Evaluate the prospects of convergence with international practices in corporate governance, regulation and banking and assess its implications for the countries of the MENA region

Method of assessment

This course is assessed by 30% written coursework and 70% by one two hour examination

Suggested reading

Indicative Readings:

  • Al-Harran, S (1993) Islamic Finance: Partnership Financing.  Malaysia: Pelanduk Publications
  • Archer, S and R Karim (2002)  Islamic Finance: Growth and Innovation.  London: Euromoney Books
  • Ayoub, M (2002) Islamic Banking and Finance: Theory and Practice.  Karachi: State Bank of Pakistan
  • El-Gamal, M (2000) A Basic Guide to Contemporary Islamic Banking and Finance.  Houston TX: Rice University
  • Iqbal, Z and A Mirakhor (2007) An Introduction to Islamic Finance: Theory and Practice. Chichester: Wiley
  • Khan, M and M Abbas (1987) Theoretical Studies in Islamic Banking and Finance.  Houston TXC: IRIS Books
  • Lewis, M and L Algaoud  (2001) Islamic Banking.  Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
  • Mills, P and JK Presley (1999) Islamic Banking: Theory and Practice.  Hampshire: Macmillan
  • Rahman, Y (2010) The Art of Islamic Banking and Finance, Chichester: Wiley
  • Saeed, A (1996) Islamic Banking and Interest.  Leiden: E J Brill
  • Stiglitz, Joseph (1989) Financial Markets and Development, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 5: 55–68.
  • Warde, I (2000) Islamic Finance in the Global Economy, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press


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