Despite its relative nascency, Islamic finance is growing at a staggering rate. Between 2000 and 2016, the capital of Islamic banks rose from $200bn to $3trn, and according to Ernst & Young’s 2016 Islamic Banking Competitiveness Report, there are now over 65 Islamic banks worldwide.
In 2014, the UK became the first non-Muslim country to issue ‘Sukuk’, or ‘Sharia-compliant bonds’. Five years on, over 20 UK banks offer Islamic products and there are five licensed Islamic banks. Similarly, Germany and Luxembourg have issued several sukuks over the past few years, and in 2015, Germany opened its first entirely Islamic bank, KT Bank AG.
So, what is fuelling this growth and what does it mean for debt collections processes?