40% of Islamic fintechs responding to a survey are Shariah-certified and 32% will seek certification in the future, said a new study released on Tuesday (Dec 10).
The Global Islamic Fintech Report 2019 is produced by London-based digital finance firm Elipses in collaboration with the UK Islamic Fintech Panel.
The study is based on a survey with 180 companies worldwide across five categories: fintechs (50%), ecosystem players such as incubators and accelerators (22%), service providers such as law firms (16%), financial institutions (8%), and investors (4%), Elipses Co-founder and Principal, Abdul Haseeb Basit told Salaam Gateway.
The biggest group of respondents, at 38%, is based in the UK, followed by 28% in the Middle East, 14% in Other Europe, 12% based in Southeast Asia, 6% were from North America, and 2% from Other Asia.
Among the 90 respondents that are Islamic fintechs, the biggest group is based in the UK, followed by Other Europe, North America, Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Significantly, 24% of these respondents are uncertified and will not seek Shariah certification.
A very small 4% are in the process of obtaining Shariah certification.
The report can be downloaded from this link.
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