Welcome from The Baroness Morris of Bolton OBE DL, Chairman of the Centre


baroness morrisWelcome to the Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton. The Centre was launched in 2012 when I was Chancellor of the University and with the commitment and support of the Vice Chancellor, Professor George Holmes, and the governors, together with the drive of our Director, Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq, I have watched it grow from strength to strength in attracting students and partnerships from around the world.

The University of Bolton, whose roots in education date back to 1824, has a long and proud heritage of delivering academic qualifications alongside sound practical experience. In the tradition of the oldest universities, the Centre is an independently recognised academic centre of the University and with our own dedicated lecturers and access to the wider pool of talent of the University, we share the University-wide commitment to develop the professional skills of our students. The University is renowned for its commitment to employer and industry relationships and the Centre for Islamic Finance, following in that tradition, maintains strong links with companies and organisations.

crestProfessor Mohammed Kayed Abdel-Haq, a British Jordanian of Palestinian origin, is the Centre's Director. With a wealth of practical and professional experience he is highly regarded in the banking industry and was invited by the Government to serve on their Islamic Finance Task Force. This helped position Britain as the western hub of Islamic Finance and led to the issue of the first Government Sukuk and a commitment to Sharia'a compliant student loans. Professor Abdel-Haq's belief in inclusivity and breaking down barriers to understanding between all civilisations and faiths is a guiding principle of the Centre and informs our work with professionals, academics and the wider community in seeking to promote dialogue and universal values. The Centre is supported in this by its board of directors and by the International Advisory Board, drawn from prominent scholars and professionals.

Bolton, where I live, is a famously friendly town situated close to the cities of Manchester and Liverpool. With one of the largest percentages of Muslim students in the UK, the University embraces diversity and values difference. It prides itself on staying abreast of social, cultural and economic change and reflecting this in its courses and work with partners. This combination of innovation, inclusivity and a willingness to look beyond the traditional boundaries of the University makes it the ideal home for the Centre for Islamic Finance.

I hope you enjoy looking around our website and if you do decide to study with us, or want to come and visit, you can be assured of a warm welcome.


Our recent events

The Islamic Insurance Association of London (IIAL) Conference:

'Delivering Capacity - Driving Standards - Developing Expertise' 

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The 6th EY, Centre for Islamic FinanceUniversity of Bolton SymposiumBlock Chain, Cryptocurrency & Islamic Finance

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5th Ernst & Young Symposium on Islamic Finance - Business ethics, frauds and other nonsenses

The Centre for Islamic Finance are pleased to announce that on 26th September 2018 they will host the 5th EY Symposium. This series offers networking and business connections to students of finance and business.

We pride ourselves on having a centre connected to industry and embedded in academia. We would welcome staff from across the university to join this event. The topic of ‘business ethics, fraud and other nonsense’ will be addressed throughout the day by Ken Eglinton, partner, EY. Professor Abdel-Haq will contextualise this presentation for academic purposes.

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The economic, social and religious consequences of Western Europe’s demography

The University of Bolton’s Centre for Islamic Finance and The Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society at St Mary’s University is proud to host a symposium at the William Morris Law Court on Thursday 3 May, discussing the implications of demographic trends in the West. The event is held under the auspices of the Forum for Islam-Christian dialogue established by the two universities.

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"The Phoenix, Civil Society’s Rebirth" with the Right Honourable John Hayes, MP

Students from the University of Bolton were addressed last week by John Hayes, Member of Parliament for South Holland and the Deepings. Mr Hayes’ lecture was entitled ‘The Phoenix, Civil Society’s Rebirth’ to students from the university’s Centre for Islamic Finance at the William Morris Law Court. Read extracts Mr Hayes said in his speech by following the 'read more' link.

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John Hayes, MP


"University of Bolton and EY Symposium"

The Centre for Islamic Finance with EY presents Mr Musa Shihadeh, CEO, Jordan Islamic Bank, along with Graham Brady MP and Dr David Doyle.

Keynote presentations included: Mr Musa Shihadeh on Islamic Finance - the opportunities and challenges, Graham Brady MP commented on Brexit, whilst Dr David Doyle provided the perspective from Brussels on Brexit.

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"Human Rights Obligations of Business Actors?”

Professor Dr. Dr. Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi to deliver public lecture entitled: "Human Rights Obligations of Business Actors?”

Do human rights only entail obligations for public authorities, or do they also entail obligations for private actors? Are privately owned commercial enterprises, for example banks, obliged to respect human rights? If yes, to what extent?

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Baroness Stroud talks on Social Justice in Britain

The University of Bolton welcomed Baroness Stroud, the CEO for Legatum Institute, London on the 14 June 2017, who spoke about the true power of social justice.

The event was the first Centre for Islamic Finance lecture held in association with Ernst & Young (EY), a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services.

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Islamic Finance symposium tackles the future of banking

The Centre for Islamic finance hosted its first symposium on the Islamic finance industry on Wednesday (26 October).

The one-day event excited audiences with an analysis on the juncture of financial practice and theoretical positions debated around the Islamic financial sector.

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Leading Malaysian Minister visits the University

Dr Dusuki spoke on the topic of ‘Governance and Sharia compliant framework in Islamic Finance’, looking at how the industry began and how it can expand in the future.

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Integrity at Work in Financial Services - making the right choice

The challenges of ensuring integrity underpins business decision-making was highlighted in the latest Centre for Islamic Finance's 2016 lecture at the University of Bolton.

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A message of peace and love from Pope Francis

Pope Francis’s diplomatic representative in Britain, His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini, delivered a message of harmony between faiths in a message from the Pope, delivered at an event hosted by the Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton.

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Cybercrime and security leader outlines new global crime wave

One of the world’s leading security, cybercrime and fraud experts, Don Randall MBE, was the latest leading speaker to visit the University of Bolton.

With 44 years of experience in law enforcement, Don Randall gave an enlightening talk on electronic theft, the changing nature of fraud and how we combat such attacks.

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A fascinating insight into global economics

Chief Executive Officer of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), Paul Druckman was the latest speaker at the University’s Centre for Islamic Finance.

Paul is well known and respected throughout the business and accounting profession, having spoken at many national and international conferences.

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Paul Druckman


BIBF Signs Progression Agreement with the University of Bolton

BIBF and the University of Bolton have signed a progression agreement to allow the graduates of BIBF’s Advanced Diploma in Islamic Finance (ADIF) to continue their academic studies with the University of Bolton’s MBA in Islamic Finance.

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Celebrating the magnificent Magna Carta

Leading authority on the Magna Carta, Professor Nicholas Vincent gave an enlightening insight into one of the most famous documents in the world, in the latest lecture of the Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton.

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Expanding horizons for the Centre for Islamic Finance

he Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Suleyman Sah University in Turkey.

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Bolton's insight into HS2

Chief Executive of High Speed Two (HS2), Simon Kirby, presented the opportunities and challenges facing the new high speed railway HS2.

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Partnership signing

The Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Accounting Research Institute at the Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia's largest university.

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Lord Lamont lectures on Britain and the EU

The Centre for Islamic Finance recently welcomed former Chancellor of the Exchequer Lord Norman Lamont to speak on the topic of 'Britain and the EU - the future of a troubled relationship'. 

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