Najatullah Siddiqui


Islamic Banking and Finance Scholars


Prof. Najatullah Siddiqui

Winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Islamic Studies, Mohammad Najatullah Siddiqi was born in India in 1931. Educated at Aligarh Muslim University and Sanvi Darsgah Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Rampur, he also studied at Madrasatul Islah, Saraimir, Azamgarh.  Prof. Siddiqi served as Associate Professor of Economics and Professor of Islamic Studies at the Aligarh University and as Professor of Economics at the King Abdulaziz University Jeddah, in its Center for Research in Islamic Economics. Later, he was a Fellow at the Center for Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and after that a Visiting Scholar at the Islamic Research & Training Institute, Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah. During his long academic career, he has supervised a number of Ph.D. theses in the universities in India, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. Among the several works of Prof. Siddiqi are: Recent Theories of Profit: A Critical Examination (1971); Economic Enterprise in Islam (1972); Muslim Economic Thinking (1981); Banking Without Interest (1983); Insurance in an Islamic Economy (1985); Teaching Economics in Islamic Perspective (1996); Role of State in Islamic Economy (1996) and Dialogue in Islamic Economics (2002). For his contributions to Islamic Economics, he was awarded the Shah Waliullah Award in New Delhi (2003). A prolific writer in Urdu on subjects as Islami Adab (1960), Muslim Personal Law (1971), and Islamic Movement in Modern Times (1995), Siddiqi has also translated Abu Yusuf's Kitab al Kharaj (1966). He has a comprehensive work on Islam's View on Property (1969). Several of his works have been translated into Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Indonesian, Malaysian, etc. Prof. Siddiqi has been and continues to be associated with a number of academic journals as editor or advisor. He has served on numerous committees and participated in many conferences in various parts of the world. He is a very helpful for all and shares his valuable knowledge in the society. Presently he lives in Aligarh India.

What is available in his website?
The personal website of the Prof. Nahatuallah Siddiqui is well managed where most of his recent papers are available for download. More than 32 papers are available for download in his website and also link to some of his books available online for free download. The works and achievements of the great scholar are also available at the top of the page which works as motivational factor for budding youth. For more information, please visit:




Ausaf Ahmad



Dr. Ausaf Ahmad

Born in India in 1945, completed the PhD from USA and worked in Islamic Development Bank (IDB). Dr Ausaf Ahmad is the world renowned Islamic finance expert. He has written many books on Islamic banking and contemporary issues among which most important are towards an Islamic Financial Market, Contemporary Practices of Islamic Financing Techniques, Structure of Deposits in some selected Islamic banks, development and prospects of Islamic banks issues in Social and Economic development in addition to some books in Urdu language.

What is available in Dr Ausaf’s personal website?
The website of the renowned Islamic banking scholar contains different research papers on Islamic banking and finance, Indian Muslims and miscellaneous. There is also a big list of presentations which the author has delivered in different parts of the world. All are in PowerPoint presentations and can be downloaded from the same. In addition to it, a big list of his books and publications is available in the website. For more information, please visit:




Umar Chapra



Dr. Umar Chapra

Dr. M. Umer Chapra (born 1933), a Saudi citizen, is currently serving as Research Advisor at the Islamic Research & Training Institute (IRTI) of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). Before joining IRTI in 1999, he worked as Senior Economic Advisor at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) from where he retired after a long service of 35 years.  Dr. Chapra taught in the United States at the Universities of Wisconsin and Kentucky and worked in Pakistan at the Institute of Development Economics and the Islamic Research Institute. He has made seminal contributions to Islamic Economics and Finance over more than three decades in the form of books and monographs and more than seventy papers and book reviews. Consequently, he has received a number of awards, including the Islamic Development Bank Award for Islamic Economics, and the King Faisal International Award for Islamic Studies, both in 1989. His most famous books are The Islamic Vision of Development in the Light of the Maqasid Al-Shari'ah, what is Islamic Economics, the Future of Economics, Islam and Economic Development etc. For more information, please visit:




Monzer Kahf




Dr. Monzer Kahf

Born in 1940 in Damascus, Syria and presently resides in California USA, Dr Monzer Kahf is a world renowned Islamic banking scholar. He has completed his PhD in 1975 in economics. From his contributions his books, research papers, fatawa are the countable work done by him. The author has written many books on Islamic banking and finance in both English and in Arabic language.

What is available in his website?

From the website of this renowned scholar, different books, research papers and fatawas are downloadable in both English and in Arabic language. More than 50 research papers and other important books and fatawas are available for free downloadable. There is a huge list of publications of the author on Islamic banking and contemporary issues available in the website. For more information, please vist:



Prof. Abdul Azim Islahi

A world renowned scholar on Islamic finance has his PhD from Aligarh Muslim University India. The scholar is presently teaching at King Abdul Aziz University Saudi Arabia. He has written many books and research papers on Islamic banking and finance. “Contributions of Muslim Scholars to the History of Economic Thought an Analysis” is one of his best books. The Encyclopaedia of Islamic Economics  is under preparation in 5 volumes by London based Maghreb Centre for Islamic Studies and Abdul Azim Ishali has contributed Economic Thought of Ibn Taymiyah, Economic Thought of Ibn al-Qayyim, Economic Thought of al-Maqrizi, Economic Thought of Shah Wali-Allah al-Dihlawi to the encyclopedia. Most of his research papers can be downloaded in addition to many books written by him from the link. For more information, please vist:

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