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The Reasons Behind the Absence of a Comprehensive Shariah Governance Framework of Islamic Banks in Bangladesh

Md. Kausar Alama, Suhaimi Ab. Rahmanb, Oli Ahad Thakurc, Md Abdul Bashird and and Sharif Hosene

International Journal of Economics & Business Administration (IJEBA), 2020, vol. VIII, issue 1, 134-145

Abstract: Purpose: The main objective of the study is to examine the reasons behind the absence of a comprehensive Shariah Governance Framework (SGF) of Islamic banks in Bangladesh. Design/Methodology/Approach: The study has covered 17 respondents through semi-structured interviews from the Islamic banks and the Central Bank of Bangladesh with a combination of Shariah supervisory board members, Shariah department executives, Central Bank executives, and banking experts. Findings: Based on findings, this study outlines that the knowledge gap of management, unqualified Shariah supervisory boards members, executives in Central Bank and Islamic banks, and intention of the regulators, policymakers, Shariah experts, government executives, Islamic bankers, Board of directors, stakeholders and civil societies are responsible for the absence of a comprehensive SGF. Practical Implications: The study has significantly contributed to the national regulators, government, and the Central Bank of Bangladesh on the subject for developing a comprehensive Shariah Governance Framework. Originality/Value: The study highlights the reasons for the absence of a comprehensive Shariah Governance Framework which was unexplored for more than 30 years.

Keywords: Shariah Governance Framework; Islamic banks; Bangladesh. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G18 G21 G28 G38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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