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Kazakhstan to welcome first Islamic digital bank – a Qatari-led initiative

Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) is preparing to issue its first Islamic digital banking license in the coming months to a Qatari financial institution, a move the financial center hopes would boost its repertoire as a regional Shariah...


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Indonesia takes on Islamic fintech agenda with new digital platforms

Determined to break itself out of the ‘5% trap’, a term market practitioners have used to describe Indonesia’s years-long inability to grow its Shariah banking market share beyond the 5% range, President Joko Widodo took it upon himself to...


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WIFA 2018: Honoring the very best of Islamic fintech

After weeks of a gruelling process involving screening, discussions and deliberations by our independent Awards Board, IFN Fintech is proud to announce the winners of the inaugural World Islamic Fintech Awards (WIFA). It is indeed an honor to be...


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Blockchain Sukuk: The Smart way of doing it

From banking to remittance and payments, to creating new medium of exchanges, Islamic financial institutions worldwide are exploring ways to apply blockchain technology to optimize and further democratize Shariah compliant financial services. IFN...


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Is Islamic finance ready for cryptocurrencies?

The Shariah compliance debate of cryptocurrencies is neither new nor resolved but it has certainly gained extra mileage the past few months as the stunning (and erratic) rise of cryptocurrencies persists. Our sister publication, IFN, in August 2017...


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IFN Islamic Fintech Landscape recognizes three more start-ups

In the latest revision of the IFN Islamic Fintech Landscape, three entities were included while one was excluded, bringing the total number of fintech firms offering Shariah compliant products to 116. Digital banking start-ups form the bulk of...


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IFN Islamic Fintech Landscape expands to include seven new entities

Over the last few weeks since IFN Fintech released its October version of the Islamic Fintech Landscape, seven new companies were identified as offering Muslim-friendly fintech solutions and were subsequently included, bringing the total number of...


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IFN Fintech launches Islamic Fintech Landscape

Fintech for Muslims is a booming sector — or at least, that is what the industry believes based on empirical observation; without hard data, it is difficult to say that with absolute certainty — until now. Endeavoring to fill this information...


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HelloGold targets US$9.6 million from token sale

The industry’s first certified Shariah compliant digital gold app is now finalizing details of its maiden token sale it hopes would rake in at least U$8 million to fund its international expansion strategy. Robin Lee was careful in terming...


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Everex plans ICO to build Ethereum-powered Shariah compliant financial capabilities

A blockchain start-up has so far raised US$3 million from private investors and will open its ICO to the public this month in the hope of raising it to US$15 million to develop microfinancing services palatable to Muslims and non-Muslims alike...