Woman in Islamic Finance: Column

By Laura Elder, a cultural anthropologist who teaches in the Department of Global Studies at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame. Her primary research interests are global political economy, Islam and gender. She can be contacted at lauraeveelder@...

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 | Volume14.Issue01


Women around the world have been anxiously tracking the US elections this year. One reason for their interest is the rhetoric deployed by Donald Trump’s campaign with regard to women’s leadership. For example, during his primary campaign Trump...

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 | Volume13.Issue46


By Laura Elder, a cultural anthropologist who teaches in the Department of Global Studies at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame. Her primary research interests are global political economy, Islam and gender. She can be contacted at lauraeveelder@...

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 | Volume13.Issue42


By Laura Elder, a cultural anthropologist who teaches in the Department of Global Studies at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame. Her primary research interests are global political economy, Islam and gender. She can be contacted at lauraeveelder@...

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 | Volume13.Issue38


By Laura Elder, a cultural anthropologist who teaches in the Department of Global Studies at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame. Her primary research interests are global political economy, Islam and gender. She can be contacted at...

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 | Volume13.Issue33


By Laura Elder, a cultural anthropologist and teaches in the Department of Global Studies at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame. Her primary research interests are global political economy, Islam and gender. She can be contacted at lauraeveelder@...

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 | Volume13.Issue29


Proponents view financial literacy as the baseline knowledge consumers need to interpret information about financial products in order to most effectively evaluate and consume financial products.  But, if the goal of educating consumers is...

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 | Volume13.Issue20


After the 2007-08 financial crisis, a Treasury Select Committee in the UK reported that the excessive risk-taking in financial institutions in the early 2000s may have been exacerbated by the under-representation of women in finance. The under-...

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 | Volume13.Issue16


Right now women and men in Islamic financial services are revitalizing a version of gender complementarity wherein men and women are understood to be good at different aspects of finance. For example, the CEO of a regional conglomerate bank in...

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 | Volume13.Issue11


Women’s expertise is almost completely unrepresented in the emerging international governance and standard-setting institutions of Islamic finance such as AAOIFI and the IFSB. And industry insiders in Islamic financial services often claim that the...

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 | Volume13.Issue08


Talking with people in the financial services industry in Malaysia, I often start with a question that was asked in an open forum at the 2009 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland: “Would we be in the same mess today if Lehman Brothers had been...

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 | Volume13.Issue04