Centre for Islamic Finance

Welcome to the Centre for Islamic Finance

Welcome to the Centre for Islamic Finance

Welcome from The Baroness Morris of Bolton OBE DL, Chairman of the Centre for Islamic Finance. 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. 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.


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With one of the largest percentages of Muslim students in the UK, the university embraces diversity and values difference.

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PhD & MPhil Islamic Finance Courses

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MBA Islamic Finance Executive (Full-Time)

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MBA Islamic Finance Executive (Part-Time)

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MA Management Islamic Banking Sarajevo

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Professor 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 Shari'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.

Our People

  • Patron
  • Board of Directors
  • Lecturers

Patron

George Philip Nicholas Windsor

The Earl of St Andrews (George Philip Nicholas Windsor) was born in 1962. He was educated at Eton College (Kings Scholar) and Downing College, Cambridge University, where he read history. After a period in HM Diplomatic Service during which he served in New York (at the UK Mission to the UN) and Budapest, he worked for a number of years in the antiquarian book business, including at Christies UK. Recently he has been chairman of an Internet-based world history project, the Golden Web (2006-2012). He is patron, chairman or trustee of a number of organisations, including the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (trustee since 1996, chairman since 2005), SOS Children's Villages UK (trustee since 1999), the Association for International Cancer Research (patron since 1995), the Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation (patron since 1997), the Welsh Sinfonia (patron since 2011), the Next Century Foundation (member, advisory board, since 2012), the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit, University of Cambridge (patron since 2012), and the Global eHealth Foundation (trustee since 2013).

Board of Directors

Professor George E Holmes DL

Professor George E Holmes DL is the President & Vice-Chancellor; Member of the Governing Body at the University of Bolton. He also serves as a Member of the Resources Committee and the Nominations Committee. When appointed to the post of Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the university in 2005, George became the youngest university head in the UK. He has been at the university now for over 12 years. He holds a Doctorate in the field of Education, a Masters in Business Administration and a BSc in Economics. Professor Holmes is also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He previously edited two International Journals for almost ten years, specialising in Quality Assurance in Education. In 2002 he was appointed by the then Secretary of State for Education and Skills as an advisor to the Department, becoming, along with Sir Ron Cooke, one of only two Sector representatives for the Department’s HE Policy Delivery Steering Group, which was assisting in the preparation of the HE White Paper. George was, for six years until 2014, on the Board of the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, and was formerly a Board member of the Bolton Lads and Girls Club. He was previously a Governor of Bolton School, the ESSA Academy Trust and Bury College. He is a founding Trustee of the Bolton University Technical College, and a Governor at Bolton College. Prior to joining the university, Dr Holmes was Principal of Doncaster College where he also established the Doncaster Education City Project, of which he became Chief Executive. In this post, he secured the largest capital grant in the history of the FE sector at the time and had responsibility for building a new £75m College on the Waterfront. At Doncaster, he was a Governor of both the College and Hayfield School. George was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of North London (now the London Metropolitan University). In 1996 he played a central role, within the Vice Chancellor’s Office, in the founding of the Lincoln University Campus, opened by HM The Queen. Latterly in 2015, Professor Holmes was appointed by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the County of Greater Manchester as one of his Deputy Lieutenants. George has recently joined the Board of Regents College.

Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq

The Centre for Islamic Finance is the inspiration of its founder and Director, Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq. As well as his academic knowledge, Mohammed has a wealth of practical experience. In a long career in Islamic finance, he is the founding member of a London Merchant Bank and was, until recently, Chairman of one of the leading UK compliance companies. Prior to that Mohammed was Managing Director and Global Head of HSBC Amanah Private Banking. Mohammed is active in public life and holds a number of positions, amongst them, he is a member of the Council of Chatham House and a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Social Justice. He is the author of a book on Islamic finance and is a regular speaker at conferences.

Baroness Morris of Bolton

It is with great pleasure that The Centre for Islamic Finance announces that Baroness Morris of Bolton, former Chancellor of The University of Bolton, has been appointed its new Chairman. The founder of the Centre and its current Chairman and Director, Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq, said: 'I am delighted that Baroness Morris had accepted my invitation to become Chairman of the Centre for Islamic Finance. Baroness Morris was instrumental in the Centre coming to the University of Bolton and has always taken a keen interest in all that we are doing. The Centre has grown much faster than we first envisaged and Baroness Morris will be a great asset as we progress to the next stage of development, given her interest and knowledge of the Muslim world'. Baroness Morris who is the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Kuwait, Jordan and the Palestinian Territories and Chairman of the Conservative Middle East Council said of her appointment: 'This is a great honour. I have been enormously impressed with what the Centre has achieved in less than two years. With research students from many different parts of the world and our new joint MA with the University of Sarajevo, it adds to the richness and diversity of the University and helps to put Bolton and the Centre on the wider world map. It is also playing a significant role in a better understanding of Islamic Finance and Islamic culture. I am most grateful to Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq and the directors of the Centre for giving me this opportunity to be part of their team in such an important and exciting venture'.

Lord Lamont of Lerwick

Norman Lamont was a Cabinet Minister under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and a member of the House of Commons for twenty-five years. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer at a particularly difficult time that included Britain’s exit from the ERM. The problems he faced were similar to those facing Britain today. He introduced tough measures to reduce Government borrowing and the deficit which led Sir Alan Walters, Economic Advisor to Lady Thatcher, to describe Norman Lamont "to be not only the most effective but also the bravest Chancellor since the War". Many economists have attributed the economic stability and growth enjoyed by Britain in the ‘90s and thereafter to the tough policies introduced by him. When he was Chancellor, Norman Lamont’s political advisor was David Cameron and his Parliamentary Private Secretary, William Hague. In 2008, David Cameron asked Norman Lamont with other former Chancellors to be part of a team to advise on Britain’s financial problems. Norman Lamont was Britain’s Chief Negotiator at the Maastricht Treaty and secured Britain’s non-participation in the euro, of which he remains a strong opponent and critic. As well as being a working Peer, he is a director of a number of financial companies.

Lecturers

Dr Gill Hagen-Green

Overview After gaining a BA in Sociology and Social Policy and a PhD in Computer Science, I spent 15 years in industry before moving into academia, where I have spent six years in research posts and over 11 years as a senior lecturer/reader. My research outputs span over 12 years with publications in journals such as the Journal of International Technology and Information Management, the Systemist Journal and the Journal of End-User Computing. I have acted as Track Chair at four UKAIS Conferences, been invited many times as Session Chair at the international Conference European Conference for Research Methods in Business and Management, and have hosted as Conference Chair both UKAIS and ECRM in 2012. My current research involves the development of innovative approaches for the application of methods for more effective IS adoption and implementation, with a particular emphasis on music and creative industries management. This involves facilitating creative technologies adoption and implementation, with a focus within the creative industries sector where sustainable micro-businesses and sole traders have been identified as being core to regional and national economic sustainability. I am Treasurer of the UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS), which plays a key role in the future direction, definition and strategy for the IS discipline and works closely at Board Level with colleagues from the Association for Information Systems (AIS), UK systems Society, British Computer Society (BCS), UKGEC, HE Academy and E-Skills. Professional Memberships United Kingdom Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS) International Association for Information Systems (AIS) Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS) Fellow Higher Education Academy (HEA) under assessment Recent Publications (note previous surname Mallalieu) Holmes, K. McLean, R. and Green, G. (2012) ‘Crafting a Future Online: A Study of How Independent Crafts People adopt Social Media and Web Technologies’, Journal of Systems and Information Technology: Special Issue on Technology, Information Systems and Collaboration - Social Media and Beyond. Vol 14, Iss 2, pp.142-154 Green, G., Campbell, R. H., Grimshaw, M., Inciting advanced levels of practitioner reflection through progressive graphic elicitation, Electronic Journal of business research methods, Sep 2011, vol. 9 Iss 2 ECRM2011 special Issue, pp187-197 Bednar, P. Green G. (2011) Same business same system? A critique of organisation and the information systems process, Journal of Organisational Transformation and Social Change vol 8 iss 2 Campbell, R. H., Grimshaw, M. N. & Green, G.M. (2009) Relational agents: A critical review. The Open Virtual Reality Journal 1 pp1-7 Green, G, Liu, L. and Qi, B., (2009) “Knowledge-based Management Information Systems for effective SMEs Business Performance”, Journal of International Technology and Information Management (JITIM), Special Issue on “Knowledge Management and Business Intelligence” Wainwright, D., Green, G., Mitchels, E., Yarrow, D., (2005), Towards a Framework for Benchmarking ICT Practice, Competence and Performance in SME’s, Performance Measurement and Metrics, Vol 6, Iss 1, pp 39-52 Bednar, P. M., Green G. M., Bain A. and Eglin R., (2004), "Contextual Analysis in Practice", The Systemist Journal, Vol 26, ISSN 0961-8309 Harvey, C.F and Mallalieu, G.M and Hardy, C.J. (1999) The Wicked Relationship Between Organisations and Information Technology. Special Issue: "Human-Centred Research and Practice in IS". Journal of End User Computing, October 1999 Edwards, H.M and Mallalieu, G.M. (1999) RAMESES: A Method for Evaluating Change in Small Organisations. IEE Software Proceedings, Special Issue on SEBPC programme September 1999. Book chapter: Mallalieu, G., M. and Clarke, S., in (Eds) Clarke, S. and Lehaney, B., (2000) human-centred Methods in Information Systems: Current Research and Practice, Hershey, Penn: Idea Group Publishing, Chapter 9 Conference papers: Mkansi, M., Qi, B., and Green, G., The Question of Mixed Methods Suitability to RBV Research: A Literature Review, University of Bolton, UK Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, University of Bolton, UK, 28th-29th June 2012 Ren, C., Green, G., Wood. J. R., (2012), Promoting Innovation in Data Poor Public and Private Business Areas Through Systems Analysis, University of Bolton, UK Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, University of Bolton, UK, 28th-29th June 2012 Campbell, J., Campbell, R., Green, G., (2012), The Doctoral Level Practitioner: The Development of new Knowledge Through an ‘All Channels Open Project’ for the Teaching of Biosciences in National and International Nurse Education, University of Bolton, UK Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, University of Bolton, UK, 28th-29th June 2012 Mkansi, M., Qi, B., Green, G., (2011), ‘A literature review on the management of supply & distribution in the UK online grocery retailing: a resource-based view’, Proceedings of the 16th Annual UK Academy for International Information Systems Conference, UKAIS 2011, UKAIS Conference, University of Oxford Campbell, R. H., Grimshaw, M., Green, G., (2010), A Psychology bases Framework for Cultivating and Respecting User Attitudes, Proceedings of the 15th Annual UK Academy for Information Systems Conference, UKAIS 2010, UKAIS Conference, University of Oxford Mkansi, M., Qi, B., Green, G., (2010) Developing a Logical cost Effective E-business Strategy for SME’s in England, Proceedings of the 15th Annual UK Academy for Information Systems Conference, UKAIS 2010, UKAIS Conference, University of Oxford Lebile, R., Kandadi, K., Green, G., (2010), User-Based Participatory Implementation of Enterprise Systems in an SMEs, University of Bolton, UK Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies IE Business School Madrid Spain 24-25 June 2010 Oliver, P.G. and G. Green (2009) "Adopting new technologies: self-sufficiency and the DIY artist" Proceedings of the 14th Annual UK Academy for Information Systems Conference, UKAIS 2009, UKAIS Conference, University of Oxford Newall, L., Green G. M. Hall, L (2009) Interface Design for Affect: A Picture Paints a Thousand Words; 8th European Conference on Research Methods in Business and Management Green, G. and Liu, L. (2008), “A Dynamic Framework Facilitating HEI to Build a Co-Constructive Management Information System – The University of Bolton case study”, The Scope of Information Systems: Perspectives from Academia and Practice, Proceedings of UKAIS 2008 Conference, Bournemouth, UK, 10-11 April Zhang, J., Oliver, S., Green, G. (2008), Exploratory case studies of RFID Adoption by UK SMEs, proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation Bednar, P. Green G. (2007), Same business same system? A critique of organisation and the information systems process, Proceedings of the 12th Annual UK Academy for Information Systems Conference, UKAIS 2007, UKAIS Conference, University of Manchester Aleke, B., Wainwright, D., Green, G., (2006) Policy issues of e-commerce technology diffusion in South-East Nigeria: The case of small scale agribusiness, Proceedings of the 11th Annual UK Academy for Information Systems Conference, UKAIS 2006, Gloucester University, April 2006 Bednar, P. and Green G. M., (2006) Representing the common: a critical approach to representing the process, Proceedings of the 11th Annual UK Academy for Information Systems Conference, UKAIS 2006, Gloucester University, April 2006 Bednar, P. and Green G. M., (2004) Critical Realism: he who pays the piper calls the tune; 3rd European Conference on Research Methods in Business and Management Wainwright, D.W., Green, G., Mitchell, E., Yarrow, D., (2004) Towards a Framework for Benchmarking ICT Practice, Competence and Performance in Small Firms, Proceedings of UKAIS 9th Annual Conference, 5th – 7th May, Glasgow Caledonian, (top paper recommendation) Hall, L. and Mallalieu, G. M., (2003), Identifying the Needs and Expectations of Users with Learning Disabilities, HCI International 2003 (conference proceedings) Mallalieu, G. M., Edwards, H. and Hall, L., (2003) A critical approach to research in small to medium-sized enterprises; 2nd European Conference on Research Methods in Business and Management Bednar P. M. & Mallalieu G. M. (2001). Romancing the stone: play between romance and affection. EGOS - The European Group for Organizational Studies. The17th EGOS Colloquium, July 5-7, 2001, Lyon, France Theme: The Odyssey of Organizing. Knowing as Desire Mallalieu, G.M. and Edwards, H.M. Managing COTS-Based Systems in Small Organisations: What the RAMESES Method Can Offer. ICSE Workshop Paper, Limerick June 2000 Mallalieu,G.M. and Edwards, H.M. A Real-world approach to real-world research: appropriateness in a situation, appropriateness in method. ICSE Workshop Paper, Limerick June 2000 Lantzos, T.G., , Mallalieu G.M. and Edwards H.M. ORION: supporting the management of business IT, IRMA 2000, May 2000 Mallalieu G.M. Stephen K. Probert and H.M. Edwards Attention to detail: A Foucauldian approach to Organisational Understanding, IRMA 2000, May 2000 Mallalieu, G.M. Wicked Problems in Information Systems. Operational Research Society Annual Conference (OR41), Edinburgh, September 1999. (Invited Speaker) Edwards, H.M, Mallalieu, G.M. and Thompson, J.B. Some Insights into the Maintenance of Legacy Systems within Small Manufacturing and Distribution Organisations in the UK. 23rd IEEE conference on computer software and its applications (compsac99), Phoenix, Arizona, October 1999 Mallalieu, G.M and Edwards, H.M, Using Process Modelling to Unearth the Relationship Between Business Processes and Their IT Support, British Computer Society’s Third International Conference on Software Process Improvement, Research, Education and Training (INSPIRE’98), London, September 1999

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