“Innovation and Authenticity”April 19 and 20, 2008The Eighth Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance is scheduled to be held at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts on April 19 and 20, 2008. The theme of the conference will be “Innovation and Authenticity.”The purpose of the Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance, begun in 1997, has been to enable participants in the Islamic finance industry and scholars of the field from all over the world to assemble and engage in productive dialogue concerning the theory, practice, structure and future direction of the field of Islamic finance. The accelerated growth of the Islamic finance industry, continuous since our first Forum, bears testament to the constant flow of innovative ideas and solutions that have been introduced to overcome the challenges facing the field. However, this rapid rate of change has led to some concern about the authenticity of the practices and institutions that now form the landscape of Islamic finance. To address this latest challenge, the Eighth Harvard University Forum will focus on the two issues that have become the central issues of debate within the Islamic finance industry today: the latest innovations and developments at the leading edge of the field, and the long-term impact, scope and authenticity of these ideas in the context of an Islamic community and way of life.
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