The Center for International Business at Western Washington University, in Bellingham, Washington, USA is holding a conference tomorrow on entitled "Current Issues in Islamic Finance & Economics" (co-sponsored by Saturna Capital, the company that offers the Shari'ah-compliant Amana Funds) and I will be attending. Dr. Mahmoud Amin El-Gamal, a prominent scholar in Islamic finance and professor of economics and statistics at Rice University will be a member. He will be joined by Dr. Clement M. Henry, Dr. Sam Hakim, and Dr. Tarik Yousef (the conference brochure is available as a pdf file). Dr. Henry is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the Middle Eastern Studies department who researches financial institutions. Dr. Hakim is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University and a principal at risk-management firm Energetix LLP. Dr. Yousef is a professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and specializes in Economic Development & Economic History with a focus on the Middle East.
I look forward to hearing these scholars speak and hope to include some thoughts on the ihiBlog.