Financial exclusion and the role of Islamic finance in Australia: a case study in Queensland

Sain, Mohamed Rosli Mohamed and Rahman, Mohammad M. and Khanam, Rasheda (2018) Financial exclusion and the role of Islamic finance in Australia: a case study in Queensland. Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal, 12 (4). pp. 43-59. ISSN 1834-2000


This paper explores the nature and extent of financial exclusion of Muslim community in Australia. Adopting a survey questionnaire method primary data has been used, and Queensland is the selected state for this exploratory case study. While nearly 3 billion people in the world face difficulties in accessing formal financial services and products, in Australian alone, approximately 3.1 million of the adult population are identified as being financially excluded. There is still a lack of information about financial exclusion according to ethnicity or religious group in Australia. The Muslims communities are financial excluded mainly due to their faith and religious beliefs, because Islam prohibits Riba(interest) which is widely practiced in conventional banking and finance operations. The level of awareness about the Islamic finance products and services in Australia is still limited. Also the lack of Islamic financial products and services is a contributory factor of financial exclusion. The introduction and wide spread offer of Shariah-compliant financial products and services by Islamic and conventional financial institutions can increase nationwide financial inclusion.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2019 23:46
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 01:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamic finance, financial inclusion and Australia
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140219 Welfare Economics
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140207 Financial Economics
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.14453/aabfj.v12i4.3

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