Islamic Banking and Finance: Principles and Practical Solutions

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Course fee (excl. housing)
Advanced Bachelor
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In this course the key issues of Islamic Banking and Finance will be discussed. What are the rules that need to be respected? Based on these rules, financial contracts and assets have been developed, like Sukuk, Ijara and Musharaka. All these themes will be highlighted with case studies. This course is a joint activity of Utrecht University and STIE Perbanas, Surabaya, Indonesia.

This course will start with explaining the basic principles of Islamic Finance, which make Islamic banking different from traditional banking. The focus of the course will be on addressing these principles in order to meet the need for financial contracts in local and international business relations.

An important rule regards the prohibition to pay interest. In this course we will discuss how to arrange contracts without interest payments. For instance, there are contracts based on profit and loss sharing (Musharaka), contracts that resemble a lease contract (Ijara) and contracts that facilitate buying a house similar to a mortgage loan (Murabaha). Also there exist investments funds with assets like Sukuk, which are bonds in agreement with the Islamic rules. Participants will be given some theoretical background about these subjects and will work on case studies to get a feel for the practical implementation of the contracts.

Some basic knowledge about this can be important for students from many countries who have the ambition to start a career in the banking sector or in the finance department of an internationally operating company. Also for managers who are already employed by banks or companies with international operations this course may contribute to their competence of handling contractual issues with counterparts from other cultures.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Prof. dr. Arie Buijs


Dr. Abdul Mongid (STIE Perbanas Surabaya)

Prof. dr. Hans Visser (VU University), guest lecturer

Dr. Lutfi (STIE Perbanas), guest lecturer

Rachida Talal, MSc (Radboud University), guest lecturer

Prof. dr. Arie Buijs (Utrecht University)

Target audience

1. Students who prepare for a career in the business world or in the financial sector 2. Students in the field of Business Law 3. Managers who are active in International Business 4. Bank managers dealing transactions that require Islamic banking methods

Course aim

This course will focus on the most relevant contracts that are in accordance to the Shariah rules. The objective is that participants get some basic knowledge about this way of banking. Skills in this field will help them to operate successfully in banking and business activities in a different cultural environment.

Study load

Every day two hours lectures in the morning and two hours tutorials in the afternoon. On Friday student teams will present their assigned case studies.


Course fee:
Course + course materials
Housing fee:

Early Bird fee € 450 for applicants who pay before April 15, 2020.

Housing through: Utrecht Summer School.


Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course.

More information

Prof. dr. Arie Buijs | E:


Application deadline: 30 June 2020