5th Sfax International Forum on Islamic Finance SIFIF 2018  262

Start Date : 7th April 2018
End Date : 8th April 2018
Venue : Sfax-Tunisia
Country : Canada
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Institution : Ez-zitouna University - Zitouna University


5th Sfax International Forum on Islamic Finance SIFIF 2018


Islamic Finance and Economic Empowerment: Toward an Innovative Approach to Development and Poverty and Unemployment Alleviation

April, 7th-8th 2018, Sfax-Tunisia


submission : https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sifif2018


Zitouna University announce the call for papers on "Islamic Finance and Economic Empowerment" for the 5th Sfax International Forum on Islamic Finance | SIFIF 2018 which will be held in Sfax (Tunisia) on 7 and 8 April 2018, in partnership with the Zitouna Tamkeen Microfinance Institution and in collaboration with the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI, Saudi Arabia), the International Shari’ah Research Academy (ISRA, Malaysia) and the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM, Malaysia). Researchers, academics and professionals in Islamic Finance are strongly invited to contribute and share new and innovative ideas in Islamic Finance & Economic Empowerment.



The 5th Sfax Forum will focus on the economic empowerment approach in alleviating poverty and unemployment from an Islamic perspective. Actually, the economic empowerment approach attracts international attention because of its strong link with real economy and social and solidarity economy. The Economic empowerment is defined as the process of developing capacities enabling the individual (or a group of individuals) to take charge of his (their) economic, professional and social destiny. It appears as an alternative approach for development and reduction of poverty, unemployment, social exclusion and regional inequalities that generates new social structures and organizations and proposes innovative mechanisms and tools. The starting point of this new approach is to stop considering the vulnerable population as a "social burden", but rather as an “economic actor” with high potential that could be involved in an empowerment process to take charge. In a context where governments are struggling to combat poverty, social exclusion and unemployment, actors of social and solidarity economy are increasingly confronted to the need to adopt appropriate strategies and to obtain material and financial resources to solve socio-economic problems. It is unanimously recognized that governments alone cannot fully assume their socio-economic role or achieve the desired development to ensure a fair, equitable, sustainable and responsible economy. This justifies the need to develop new social and solidarity economy mechanisms, one of which is the economic empowerment. In this perspective, Islamic finance offers a range of tools and mechanisms that promote social inclusion and enable it to respond adequately to economic and social needs such as Islamic microfinance, Zakah, Al-waqf, Islamic Crowdfunding and Fintech, etc.

In this context, the 5th Sfax forum on Islamic Finance SIFIF 2018, that will be held in Sfax from7th to 8th April 2018,will focus on this approach of economic empowerment in alleviating poverty and unemployment from an Islamic perspective. The forum is organized by Zitouna University (Tunisia) in partnership with the Islamic microfinance institution Zitouna Tamkeen (Tunisia) and in collaboration with the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM, Malaysia), the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI, Saoudi Arabia) and the International Shariah Research Academy (ISRA, Malaysia).The meeting will be an opportunity for researchers to present their research in this field in dedicated workshops. The forum will be also an opportunity for professionals to discuss practical and legal aspects of economic empowerment from an Islamic perspective and to illustrate successful experiences around the world. Academicians, researchers and professionals in Islamic finance are all invited to contribute.


-          Economic Empowerment within perspective of Fiqh and Maqasid Al-Shariah

-          Islamic Economics and Socio-Economic Development.

  •     Islamic Finance and Maqasid Al-Shariah
  •     Islamic Finance and Social and Solidarity Economy
  •     Islamic Finance and Sustainable Development Goals
  •     Economic Empowerment: A New Approach for Development
  •     Economic Empowerment: Theory versus Practice
  •     Economic Empowerment and Social Inclusion
  •     From Financing to Empowerment: Islamic Finance as an enabler in eradicating poverty, social exclusion and unemployment

-          Islamic Microfinance and Islamic Development Funds: ways to Economic Empowerment

  •     Role of Zakah funds, Waqf Funds and Charity in Development and Social Inclusion
  •     Role of Zakah and Waqf institutions in financing the budget deficits
  •     Role of Zakah and Waqf institutions in promoting the economic empowerment
  •     Poverty alleviation through Zakah and Waqf Institutions
  •     Crowdfunding and Fintech: innovative tools for economic empowerment
  •     Economic Empowerment , inclusive entrepreneurship and social & solidarity economy;
  •     Takaful and Economic Empowerment
  •     Sukuk and Economic Empowerment
  •     Economic Empowerment and Sustainable Development Goals
  •     Women's Economic Empowerment
  •     Role of Islamic social finance institutions in promoting the economic empowerment approach
  •     Legal and regulatory aspects of economic empowerment
  •     Evaluation of social and economic performance of economic empowerment processes
  •     Islamic economics and finance: research, development and applications
  •     Social finance: Performance, governance, risk management

Important dates:

Closing of abstract submission process online:         15th January 2018

Deadline for decision on accepted abstracts:                       15th February 2018

Deadline of submission of the full papers:                15th March 2018



 Proposals for abstracts and papers should be sent to the following WebSite: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sifif2018


Proposals will consist of a title, an abstract of no more than 500 words, a short presentation of the author (s), name, affiliation, e-mail address and an indicative bibliography.

Papers can be in Arabic, French or English.



For more information, please contact Prof. Dr. Borhen Trigui (President of the International Sfax Forum on Islamic Finance) on: borhen.trigui.fsegs@gmail.com or please visit the web site of the forum : www.SIFIF.tn


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