Events

Events
  • Tuesday 6 June 2017Global Financial Ethics in the Age of Trump

    This lecture will begin with an overview of what "global financial ethics" is, why and to whom it matters, and how it is applied or not applied, plus explain the work of the non-profit Seven Pillars Institute. The lecture will focus on case studies from the myriad of global financial ethics issues arising in the Trump Administration. Additional case studies such as Bitcoin will also be noted.

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  • Thursday 8 June 2017Reinterpreting Islamic Law from Women to War

    The LRF Visiting Scholar, Professor Raj Bhala presents this lecture. As a sacred legal system, Islamic Law (Sharī‘a) has prescribed sources for its rules. Four of them are agreed on, but additional sources are disputed. One of the most important such additional sources is independent reasoning (ijtihād). This lecture will begin with an analysis of the conventional and controversial sources. It then will provide poignant examples of how they are used – and abused – in practice, such as domestic violence, women’s dress, abortion, drinking, laws of war, and terrorism.

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  • Friday 9 June 2017Islamic Banking

    Islamic finance is a roughly US $3 trillion industry, and Islamic financial products are offered in Islamic and non-Islamic countries to Muslim and non-Muslims alike. But, with so much attention since 9-11, Middle East conflicts, and world-wide terrorism, the nature of Islamic Finance and indeed the fact that it is a successful, ethically well-based system, is not widely understood. This lecture will review the sources of Sharia (Islamic Law), and then its two great prohibitions - against gharar (risk) and ribu (interest). Then the lecture will explain the devices used to address these prohibitions, including sleeping partnerships, cost-plus pricing and joint ventures.

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