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Competing Logics in the Islamic Funds Industry: A Market Logic Versus a Religious Logic

Khaled O. Alotaibi (), Christine Helliar () and Nongnuch Tantisantiwong
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Khaled O. Alotaibi: The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training
Christine Helliar: University of South Australia Business, University of South Australia

Journal of Business Ethics, 2022, vol. 175, issue 1, No 13, 207-230

Abstract: Abstract In contrast to the conventional fund management industry with a profit-oriented logic based on risk and return, ethical and faith-based funds should follow the religious principles of their investment-style philosophy. Islamic funds should obey the theological teachings of the primary sources of Islam, the Quran and Sunnah, as stakeholders expect these religious teachings to influence the investment decisions of fund managers. In practice, Islamic fund managers use Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI)’s screening criteria, based on secondary sources of Islam, which allow investments that are only partially halal (allowable) to be included in their portfolios. This study finds that a more religious logic in screening practices, although impairing diversification, does not necessarily harm performance. Thus, Islamic investment funds, and the wider ethical fund management industry, should, and could, adopt stricter screening criteria that match their investment mandates and bring more ethical business practices to the industry.

Keywords: Islamic funds; Religious logic; Partially compliant Shariah stocks; Commingled (mixed) stocks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s10551-020-04653-8

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