Towards Interfaith Finance? Islamic Banking and the Christian Prohibition of Usury
Professor Anna Sapir Abulafia
In recent years, there have been suggestions that Christians (and the financial sector) turn to Islamic finance for inspiration in seeking ethical renewal in banking. Some of these suggestions rest on the perceived compatibility of the prohibition of riba in Islam with the prohibition of usury in late-antique and medieval Christianity. Although a handful of scholars have begun to consider Islamic banking through a Christian lens, analysis remains cursory. My research evaluates whether Islamic banking’s principles, contracts, and products are indeed compatible with late-antique and medieval Christian doctrine.
Study of Religions / Religious Ethics
Full Abrahamic Studentship
Other research interests:
Business Ethics, Canon Law, Entrepreneurship, Jurisprudence, Political Economy, Religious Ethics.
- Member of the Society for Business Ethics
- Member of the Academy of Management
- Adam Smith Fellow (Mercatus Center, George Mason University)
- MPhil - Theology (University of Oxford)
- BA - Philosophy (Christendom College) (Summa Cum Laude)