English Case Law on Islamic Finance: Interpretation and Application of Shariah Principles


  • Mohamad El Daouk Department of Land Economy, Queens' College, University of Cambridge, UK


Islamic finance, English law, alternative finance arrangements, Islamic finance arrangements, ultra vires, lex mercatoria


The emergence of Islamic finance in the United Kingdom (‘UK’) has rendered it a remarkable alternative to conventional finance. The following paper studies how the English and Welsh courts interpret and apply Shariah-based Islamic finance principles under English law. The paper takes the view that Islamic finance arrangements and the Shariah principles that inspire them are capable of being conveyed through their conventional counterparts under English finance law, insofar as doing so does not contravene English law. The focal points enshrined under this paper are: [1] the means through which Islamic finance arrangements are interpreted and applied under English law; [2] the approaches undertaken to honour such Islamic finance principles without contravening English law; and [3] the approach taken when the courts are faced with a conflict of laws. Using legal analysis, this paper finds no one-fit-for-all method for the English and Welsh courts when dealing with Islamic finance cases. However, the unanimous principle is that Islamic finance arrangements will never be treated exceptionally to their conventional counterparts.


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Mohamad El Daouk. (2021). English Case Law on Islamic Finance: Interpretation and Application of Shariah Principles. Journal of Islamic Finance, 10(2), 53–66. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/iiibf-journal/index.php/jif/article/view/596




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