Long Lessons – Can The Religions Of The Book Teach Modern Finance? "Usury – The History Of Abrahamic Lending"

Usury – The History Of Abrahamic Lending


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The first in a series of webinars, looking into what the religions of the book can teach modern finance.

We want to develop an idea from anthropologists, the idea that perhaps the Bible leading to the Koran codifies best practice in finance in pre-industrial societies. One can assert that there are some good basic ideas in the good books:

  1. know your counterparty;
  2. deals must be for mutual benefit;
  3. risks must be taken.

This webinar will explore what we can discern with any confidence, and what religion has to offer as guidance to those working in finance today.


Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi is a British scholar and religious leader with a research interest in Islamic philosophy, mysticism, and comparative religion.

Imam Razawi is the Chief Imam and Director General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS). He is also a Director and Associate at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, as well as being a Visiting Scholar at the University of Strathclyde.

Nationally, he has served as an advisor on the United Kingdom’s Independent Sharia Review commissioned by Theresa May and participates as a member of the Oxfam GB Zakat Advisory Panel. He is also a trustee for Faith for the Climate. As the Director General of the SABS, Imam Razawi has focused on charity and civic engagement; with the Imam Hussain Blood Donation Drive in partnership with the SNBTS being the largest faith-based blood donation initiative currently in Scotland. In wanting to promote social cohesion, SABS also works with the charitable arm of football clubs such as Rangers and Celtic - with the former to promote blood donation and latter to feed the homeless.

Internationally, Imam Razawi is a trustee and member of multiple international organizations and non-governmental bodies including an international Trustee of Religions for Peace (RfP), a member of the European Council of Religious Leaders (ECRL), a member of the United Nation (UN) Multi-Faith Advisory Council, and an advisory board member of the Islamic Reporting Initiative (IRI).

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Thursday, 01 October 2020

14:00 - 14:45 BST



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    Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi FRSA
    Chief Imam & Director General
    Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society
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    Professor Michael Mainelli
    Executive Chairman
    Z/Yen Group